We’re talking about real food, and if you’re a foodie, you’ll appreciate this list of cities in America that you definitely have to hit along your travels. Whether it’s the best burger or the best BBQ, ladies and gentlemen, here is a complete list of 10 great cities you have to visit if you’re a foodie.
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA: YODEL
San Diego is one of those cities that is famous for a lot of different foods. However, the most popular and talked about, on the internet at least, is the famous Yodel from a restaurant in Little Italy called Juniper and Ivy.
The establishment sells good food and cocktails, having a full bar/lounge/restaurant feel. A yodel is a flat piece of cake rolled with a thick layer of icing inside it and is then covered in chocolate. They can be bought in a box at your local grocery store, but there’s no way that’s better than J&I’s
NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK: EMMY BURGER
New York City is famous, and infamous, for a lot of things including getting your taxi stolen, horrible traffic, and you guessed it: a great burger.
The best place to find a quality burger in New York City (even though there are a lot to choose from) is at Emily’s, a Brooklyn burger and pizza joint that has earned the title of best burger from many New Yorkers. The burger features caramelized onion, cheddar, “EMMY” sauce and high-quality beef all on a pretzel bun.
AMARILLO, TEXAS: 72-OUNCE STEAK
Texas is most known for its barbecue all over the state, as well as its Texas-Mexican fusion, Tex-Mex. Something that does not get the same spotlight as the aforementioned is Amarillo’s gorgeous (and extremely intimidating) 72-ounce steak.
The entire meal consists of “shrimp cocktail, baked potato, salad and a roll with butter”, but the real star of the dish is the massive steak that gets a plate all on its own. Here’s the best part: if you eat it all, it’s free… and if not, it’s about $70!
PORTLAND, OREGON: DOUGHNUTS
Ah, yes: doughnuts. One of America’s favorite round, sweet treats. There is nothing like having a delicious doughnut with a cup of coffee and a book at the best coffee shop in town.
If you haven’t tried the doughnuts in Portland, though, you don’t know what you are missing. It doesn’t hurt that Portland is home to Voodoo Doughnuts, a shop that has been trending on the internet for some time.
BALTIMORE, MARYLAND: CRAB CAKES
If you like crab, the milder and cheaper cousin to lobster, you’ll probably like crab cakes, too. Crab cakes are usually made up of ingredients like fresh crab meat, eggs, mayonnaise, dijon mustard, as well as celery and are often served with homemade tartar sauce.
Maryland does it so well, that after a quick search for a recipe for crab cakes, the third result is Maryland Crab Cakes. That’s how you know that they are done right!
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS: DEEP DISH PIZZA
Well, we know you’ve heard of the great pizza that comes out of Chicago. Of course, the dish, like the ravioli above, is traditionally Italian but Chicago takes it to the next level.
When you think of traditional pizza, it’s more like a layer of dough on a pan with a thin layer of sauce and toppings. This is more like a pizza pie, with the crispy crunch of the crush paired with the marinara sauce mixed with your choice of toppings and cheese. This is more than a pizza and could definitely be considered a work of art.
ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI: TOASTED RAVIOLI
Despite being one of the baseball capitals in the US, Missouri is also known for its great ravioli, making it a little Italia in America. Ravioli is traditionally an Italian pasta that is stuffed with meat and covered in delicious pasta sauce.
However, this is an entirely different dish, in our opinion. Toasted ravioli is actually breaded and deep fried, often served as an appetizer with a side of marina at many Italian restaurants in the city. The thought of it alone is enough to peak your interests!
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA: GUMBO
Everyone has heard that the food is really good in Louisiana. The state capital, New Orleans, even has a website dedicated to the best food and restaurants in the city, and of course, gumbo is one of those foods.
Gumbo is one of those homestyle dishes that make your tummy happy, and if you do it right (which New Orleans definitely does) it might remind you of the home cooking your mother used to do. The legendary dish is made from stock, celery, bell peppers, onions and has some sort of meat or seafood. It’s also been around since the 1700s!
PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA: PHILLY CHEESESTEAK
Philadelphia, also known as Philly, is home to both The Libery Bell and a great sandwich. If you’ve ever sat down at any self-respecting American-style restaurant, there was probably a Philly cheesesteak sandwich on the menu. However, nobody does it like Philly.
The sandwich originated in the 1930s, first made by Pat Olivieri who was a hot dog vendor. He even came up with two great ways to eat it: hot or hoagie style. While the hot dog vendor fried himself some beef to put on an Italian roll, a customer asked for one and the Philly cheesesteak was born!
SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA: COFFEE
People say that if coffee is good, there’s no reason to add sugar or cream, and even though some people might not agree with this, experts say cream and sugar ruin the taste of the coffee.
Of course, in Sacramento, they know what they’re doing. A simple Google search of “Sacramento coffee” will bring up pages and pages of the best places to go as well as the best things to order there. That’s why it is without a doubt that it can be named the coffee capital of America without any guilt.