There is an old adage that says you shouldn’t play with your food, but there’s no law against loving it. That explains America’s recent surge in foodies: people whose passion for food and dining leads them to seek the most delicious dishes far and wide. Food tourism is especially popular, with individuals traveling throughout the country in search of the best barbecue, perfect pastry or succulent seafood. Here are four cities that are among many foodies’ favorites.
Portland is not just Oregon’s biggest city, it’s also the top destination for foodies. Among the reasons for its placement atop the food chain is its fresh ingredients, large volume of breweries and wineries, affordable food prices and the constant influx of unique new restaurants.
Just like fellow Midwest cities Chicago, Cincinnati and Kansas City, St. Louis is famous among foodies. While the city may be most identified for The Gateway Arch, it’s also renowned for its locally grown produce and pasture-raised cattle. Burgers, brisket and ribs are favorite dishes, but whatever you order be sure to sample farm to table food St Louis Mo.
New York City
It’s only fitting a city nicknamed The Big Apple would be on the list of foodie faves. The sheer size of the city gives gastronomes access to thousands of eateries offering a variety of diverse quality food. Some of the best bargains, and most exotic eats, can be found at the city’s famous food trucks.
New Orleans is a city known for its good times and even better food. Foodies flock to its iconic restaurants that are as steeped in history as they are in Cajun and Creole cuisine. Some of The Big Easy’s must-taste dishes include crawfish etouffee, gumbo, po boys, jambalaya and red beans and rice.
While a good meal can be had almost anywhere, some cities are famous for fantastic fare. If you’d like to sample some of the country’s best eats, be sure to visit these cities.