Exploring local flavors, foods, and favorite restaurants are all part of the fun of travel for me. When I travel someplace new, my plans always include trying some great local food and/or restaurants.
Franklin BBQ – Named Best Barbecue Joint in Texas by Texas Monthly and Best Barbecue Joint in America by Bon Appetit, this is the place to go for out-of-this-world brisket and ribs. But get there early; the line starts long before opening at 11 am and when they run out of meat, they’re done.
If you’re from Chicago, you’ll have your favorite – Gino’s East, Pizzeria Uno, Art of Pizza, Giordano’s, but my favorite is Lou Malnati’s. Vine-ripened tomatoes from California, mozzarella from Wisconsin, and Italian sausage piled on a crisp, Italian breadstick-like crust – plus 50+ locations in and around Chicago — make this fabulous pizza easy to find and delicious to eat.
Sure, there are hundreds of restaurants in the Fort Myers area that offer
great, fresh fish, but here are two of my favorites, depending on where you are
staying. In Fort Myers (and away from the beach, so easy to get to) is Skip One 41,
an uber casual place where you can eat in or get fresh fish to take back to cook
at your home-away-from home. If you are staying on the other side of the Cape
Coral Bridge, check out Merrick Seafood/Fish Tale Grill.
They also have a restaurant (more upscale) and fabulous fresh fish to-go.
My first Nashville hot chicken sandwich was enjoyed at Surly Brewing in Minneapolis, and now I’m hooked and want to go to where it all began. Top on my quest list for the perfect combination of spicy goodness is Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack, where its secret blend of spices started the Nashville hot chicken craze. Another Nashville favorite is Hattie B’s.
When a sandwich carries a city’s name, it better be good. And a Philly Cheesesteak, piled high with thin slices of steak and a mouthwatering combination of provolone cheese (or Cheese Whiz) and sautéed peppers and onions, is darn hard to beat. Be sure to visit Pat’s King of Steaks where it all started, as well as Tony Luke’s.
When a lowly donut shop develops a cult following, a spell has either been cast on unassuming diners or the confectionary concoctions are really that good. Luckily for visitors to Portland, the donuts at Voodoo Doughnut are really that good – and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Sweet!
It’s not the chunkiest clam chowder I’ve ever eaten, but The Black Pearl’s award-winning chowder was hands-down the best, enjoyed outside on the waterfront deck on a lovely day in Newport, RI. Washing it down with a locally brewed Narragansett beer didn’t hurt either.
When you sit down at a restaurant and hear the people next to you
Sure, San Antonio has fabulous chef-driven restaurants, but sometimes, don’t you just want a tasty taco? There are hundreds of places to choose from but Garcia’s on Fredericksburg Road — and Taquitos West Ave are two of the best. They are both
Not a restaurant, but a slew of them, all by Seattle chef and James Beard Award Winner, Tom Douglas. Etta’s, Lola, and Palace Kitchen are just a few of them, but my favorite is Dahlia Lounge. No matter where you
Lori is a content writer at Sun Country Airlines. When it comes to what she loves most about Sun Country, it’s all about the affordability and nonstop flights from MSP (oh, and the ease of Terminal 2). Her favorite destinations are the ones she hasn’t been to yet, but can’t wait to explore, including Portland, Austin, and Santa Rosa.