To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art” –Francois De La Rochefoucauld
And this article is for every intelligent foodie who needs to know about the famous food cities of the USA.
What is your “to-do list” while you draw the blueprint of your destination to explore? Is it an adventure, sightseeing, shopping, or tasting the exquisite local flavors of that city?
No doubt, that the American dishes have amazing culinary skills. From Michelin-starred restaurants to street food trucks America has every plate.
We have listed some fantastic cities for a big foodie.
Also known as one the best foodie cities in the US, Portland has options for every pocket. For affordable treats, there are hundreds of food trucks spread throughout the city. Forktown Food Torus is a perfect option if you want to do a crash course in the city’s local food and cuisine.
San Francisco has beautiful sunny weather most of the time and it is perfect for travellers looking for adventure sports/activities.
You may visit the Portland State University farmers market to see the camp set up by local vendors every Saturday. More options include to-rated Le Pigeon serving French-inspired food, seafood at Roe, Argentinian-inspired cuisines at OX. Nong’s Kho Man Gai, Saucebox, and Bamboo Sushi are other happening dine-outs to try.
Bump into Stumptown Coffee Roaster servers the best coffee made of locally roasted beans. If you are a true foodie, you have to stop here.
New York will always top the best food destinations list. It has unique and diverse culinary scenes. Greek, Asian, Spanish, New York has it all. From vendors to celebrity chefs and cozy eateries, you can taste everything.
To all the pizza lovers, New York calls you out! The New York-styled pizzas are hand-tossed thin-crust with a pale layer of tomato sauce, and loads of cheese. Step in at the local pizzerias like Joe’s Pizza and Grimaldi Pizzeria. Next up is Bagels. Yet another staple that no foodies can revisit. You should grab large, soft, doughy bagels topped with thick cream from Ess,-a-Bagel, Bagels Bob, or Tompkins Square Bagels. You would surely like to make reservations for a multi-course meal at Eleven Madison Park, Le Bernadin, or Daniel.
San Francisco is extraordinary for its famous Golden Gate bridge, restaurants, Dungeness Crab, sand dabs, and yes the sourdough. It has cuisine from around the world. Ferry Building. The marketplace is a farmer’s market showcasing the diversified cuisine of the city. Who does not want to munch on crusty sourdough French bread? If you want to, take a halt at Boudin or Tartine Bakery for classic sourdough.
How can one miss Anchor Brewing Company for the best beverages? San Francisco has cuisine from Chinatown to Japantown, the Richmond for Asian culture to the Mission for Mexican. We know you too feel a strong magnetic attraction towards San Francisco.
Why do you visit New Orleans? For Mardi Gras? Well, a foodie goes to enjoy mouth-watering Creole and Cajun cuisine. You will find numerous French Restaurants in French Quarter to enjoy Cajun and Creole jambalaya (it is a rice dish made with meat, vegetable, and Creole spices).
You would enjoy a square-fried dough with powdered sugar at Beignets or take a coffee break at Café De Monde. The Commanders Palace, Bayona, and August are a few must-visit eateries. Explore the authentic New Orleans cuisine at the Big Easy’s Food festival like the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience, the Oak Street Po-Boy Festival, or Louisiana Seafood Festival.
Chicago cuisine is always synonymous with pizzas, hot dogs, and steaks. Unlike New York, Chicago’s pizza rivalry, the pizza here has a deep crust so that they can be bombarded with lots of toppings.
They enjoy a hot dog with beef franks, yellow mustard, chopped onion and tomatoes, dill pickle, and a dash of celery salt. The steakhouse is another famous of Chicago. Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak, and Stone Crabs, and Bavette’s Bar and Boeuf are few famous steakhouses.
If you are done with pizza and hot dog hunt, travel west for Hummus and Tzatziki in Greentown, try pasta at Little Italy or tacos in Lower West Side. Enjoy a chilled beer at Cindy’s rooftop bar or Jake Melnick’s Corner Tap. Oh yes, don’t forget the Italian beef Sandwiches.