Start a conversation regarding the best cities in America for dining and you’ll likely hear such staples as San Francisco and New York City. But these major metropolises aren’t the only places to get excellent eats. Here’s a list of some of the best travel destinations in the county for foodies.
Philly has one of the best food scenes in the country if you explore cuisines other than cheesesteak sandwiches. The cheesesteak is a staple, of course, but the famous sandwich is really a tourist thing to many locals.
If you’re into Tex-Mex and barbecue then Dallas, Texas is the town for you. Check out Matt’s Rancho Martinez and Herrera’s Café. It’s some of the best Tex-Mex in the country.
Arguably home to one of the best hot dogs on the planet, Chicago has some restaurants that will go toe to toe with any you’ll find in New York City or Los Angeles. If you’re looking for fine dining, check out Elizabeth, or if you want a theatrical experience hit up Next.
New Orleans, Louisiana
New Orleans is frequently voted the best city in the country for food, and it’s for good reason. You get world-class options, regardless of your budget. Grab some beignets at Café du Monde, try a staple like Emeril’s New Orleans or eat in a trendy French Quarter stop like Sylvain.
You’ll find more than just country music in Nashville. You’ll find some of the best fried chicken and southern comfort foods in the country, as well as less expected gems like fine Italian restaurants.
Charleston, South Carolina
Fantastic seafood fare and historic scenery make Charleston, South Carolina one of the best culinary travel destinations in America.
There are plenty of options for foodies in this Navy town. The brisket at Belmont House of Smoke is some of the best you’ll likely ever taste, and you can chase it down with any number of craft beers from the town’s many local breweries.
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Santa Fe has an entire festival that celebrates wine and chiles, and you can try some really unique local fare like a green chile cheeseburger.