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If you’re into food (honestly, who isn’t?) and are looking to plan your next trip around some of the most delicious eats in the entire country, you’ve come to the right place. Here, you’ll find a master list of some of the yummiest treats in the entire country. From hearty meals to sweet snacks, there’s something special to enjoy from coast to coast. Get out there, explore, and enjoy!
Chicago’s main claim to fame is their incredible deep dish pizza. Those who love the cheezy, ooey goodness of pizza but often think, “this could use more grease and carbs,” will likely confuse Chicago with heaven. Some of the best pizza spots are Bartoli’s, Uncle Jerry’s, Lou Malnati’s and Giordano’s, the latter two being part of a local rivalry to break up even the longest friendships. You’ll just have to try them both and pick a side in this long-running debate.
The culture of New Orleans is so unique. From dialects to culture, from music to food, and of course the celebration of Mardi Gras, there really is no place like it in the world. New Orleans is a blend of culture, and their cuisine represents that. Because it was founded by the French in the 1700’s and was eventually given over to the Spanish Empire before becoming part of the U.S. South, this city has major multi-cultural influences in everything it does, including food.
For sweets, there’s nothing more delicious than a French beignet made fresh at one of New Orleans’s cafes, particularly Cafe Du Monde. You should also give the classic King Cake a try if you’re visiting during Mardi Gras. If you’re looking for something savory, there are plenty of great Cajun or Creole restaurants, which are significantly different but both offer some of the most phenomenal flavor and spice combinations known to man. You just need to try it for yourself from the place where these cuisines were born. If you find yourself short on time, take a look at the many gorgeous, historical New Orleans houses for sale along the French Quarter and spend the rest of your days indulging in their delicious food and fascinating culture.
You may know Scranton from “The Office,” but locals know it as home of the best pizza in the country. If the section on deep dish pizza had your mouth watering, just wait until you try the classic Old Forge pizza that comes out of the Scranton area. Different from a typical round pizza, this somewhat-Sicilian-style pizza is served at a number of local pizza cafes along the main drag of Old Forge, and into the surrounding areas. Some of the best, and most famous, local spots are Arcaro & Genell’s, Maroni’s, Samario’s, and Revello’s, each with their own distinct flavors but all with a sweeter sauce and thicker crust than others you may try around the country.
Portland is known for a lot of different types of food, but my favorite by far is their donuts. If you’re ready to hit the donut scene in Portland – a very Instagrammable treat, I might add – there are a few important spots that should be on your list. First, Voodoo Donuts is a must for any donut connoisseur. This place is more than just a donut shop, it’s a way of life. You can even get married at Voodoo Donuts, and trust me, I’ve looked into it. They now have a few locations across the country, everywhere from California to Florida. Another great shop to check out is Pip’s Original. Pip’s is a local legend, frying up fresh treats on the spot in some of the most unique flavors. A close third on the list, Blue Star is also an iconic local spot. You really can’t go wrong at any of these amazing locations.
One of my favorite places on this list, Atlanta is home to some of the best comfort food in the south. Fried chicken, collard greens, mashed potatoes, and more are waiting for you at restaurants like Eats and Mary Mac’s Tea Room. Southern comfort food and soul food are an important part of Atlantean culture, and there’s honestly no better way to enjoy your trip south than to experience it through one of the many lenses that binds us as humans – the love of food.