As a young entrepreneur, I’ve done my share of traveling across the country looking for business opportunities. What this has done is given a chance to the foodie in me to taste the local cuisines of different American cities.
I mean I am all for eating at Burger King, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, but there’s something delightful about tasting food that smacks of local flavors. Then there are some cities that have so much diversity in the food choices they offer that you cannot help but give in.
Based on my food experiences, I have come up with a list of my favorite culinary destinations in the country.
Chicago is easily one of the most gastronomically delightful cities. From the classic deep-dish pizzas (I mean seriously, you can’t be in Chicago and not have the pizza!) and sandwiches to its ethnically-influenced dishes, there’s so much to dig in. The good thing about Chicago is that it’s brimming with a wide assortment of eating options – from high-end Michelin-star restaurants to inexpensive eateries/diners dishing out ethnically diverse food.
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There’s nothing you’ll not find in NYC. It tops the list of any foodie’s must-visit cities just for the sheer number of diverse cuisines it offers. Food carts selling tasty Middle Eastern fare? Check. Hot dogs, soft pretzels and other eclectic street food? Check. Delis serving rye bread sandwiches? Check. Eateries dishing out New York-style pizzas, cheesecake and fresh bagels? Check. Ethnic takeouts? Check. Fine dining experience? Check.
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The dining out capital of the country, Houston is known for its affordable restaurants. But that’s not why the city has made its way to my list. I have a particular fondness for the Tex-Mex cuisine, which is found in abundance in this city. What’s not to like about the cuisine? Cheese – yes! Beans – yes! Beef – yes, yes, yes! Give me a chimichanga and I am a happy person.
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Oh, San Francisco, you beautiful little piece of heaven. I love the city. Tasting gourmet chocolates at Ghirardelli Square, chomping on Tony’s Pizza, digging into freshly baked treats at the Golden Gate Bakery top my agenda every time I visit the city.
There is so much more to American food than fast food chains offering dishes that taste awfully same in every part of the country. We can either chose the safe option or explore more and eat better!