Do you love food and find yourself looking for new and fun food experiences? No need for international travel to find delicious and flavorful cuisines. It’s been known that big cities like Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York are the cream of the crop when it comes to the best food and innovative dining. However, many other U.S. cities measure up and provide the perfect foodie getaway leaving you satisfied and craving for more. Explore these top three cities that are perfect for a foodie vacation.
New Orleans, Louisiana
For the best fusion flavors of Creole, Cajun, and soul food, it doesn’t get much better than this city. The food isn’t just good, it’s historic. New Orleans is home to some of the country’s most famous restaurants and is the innovator of po’boy sandwiches, oysters Rockefeller, and bananas fosters among many others.
As Creole and Cajun flavors are a staple here, there is a difference between the two. Creole has a French influence with European and African roots that entail rich sauces and fresh seafood. Some popular dishes are jambalaya and shrimp Creole. Cajun flavors originated in Louisiana’s bayou that combines French and Southern flavors with popular dishes such as gumbo.
For all the sandwich lovers, you can never go wrong with a po’boy sandwich, which is typically served in a French baguette stuffed with fried seafood such as oysters, shrimp, crawfish, or soft shell crab.
Lastly, you can’t forget about dessert. Since bananas foster originated here it is a must have. With fresh bananas, ice cream, and lots of sugar and butter, it’s safe to say you’ll overdo it on your caloric intake, but who’s counting?
Carnivores rejoice! Deep in the heart of Texas is home to some of the best barbecue around. While it is definitely worth the (weight), Austin is a hotbed of barbecued ribs, tri-tip, brisket and much more. Since Austin is also located in a border state, it is home to some of the best Tex-Mex anyone can find, plus it’s often affordable and delicious. From breakfast tacos, to sauce drenched enchiladas and queso on everything, your inner self will be craving for more.
In addition, did you know that Austin has a reputation for being the food truck capital of the world? Food trucks include everything from halal wraps to chicken wings and even mac n’ cheese burgers. The best part about it is that there are food truck parks where you can indulge in all three if you feel up to the challenge. Austin’s food trucks don’t just consist of savory bites, they also cater to those who have a sweet tooth. Think crepes, donuts, cupcakes, and ice cream. Safe to say when you visit Austin you’ll be in a constant food coma.
Organic and locally sourced food is what sets Portland apart from the rest. In their thriving restaurant scene known for whole-animal butchery, bacon-topped maple bars and outrageous ice cream flavors, this city provides a perfect foodie getaway. With an abundance of ingredients, chef’s delight in the multitude of options.
From Indian food to modern Spanish tapas, there is no shortage of innovation. Famous for those “hidden gem” type restaurants, you will come across Thai street food known for authentic chicken wings, ice cream with flavors all over the spectrum like balsamic vinegar and chocolate gooey brownie, and brunch filled with crème brûlée French toast, sunny-side eggs and homemade biscuits. Any restaurant you visit in this city is going to have its own personal and memorable experience. With endless food options at your fingertips, you’ll never want to leave.
When traveling, food is such an important part of the overall adventure. Trying new dishes with family and friends is such a memorable experience. Which one of the cities above will be first on your list?