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    Favorite Foods In Different States

    Out of Curiosity Please tell that in your travels throughout the US, what have been you're favorite foods along the way in each state? Like the best restaurant that serves the best blank.... in Colorado or wherever.

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    Re: Favorite foods in different states

    As someone who lives in Philadelphia, my top Cheesesteak places are...

    1.) Mama's Pizzeria
    2.) Tony Luke's
    3.) Dalessandro's

    I'm not enough of an expert on foods in other places, but I'd check out yelp.com for the area's where you're going. You can find some amazing foods in very random little towns by using that site.

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    Re: Favorite Foods In Different States

    Oh, I love this topic! I do not have a refined food palate so you'll not find any haute cuisine on my list.

    1. New York City has the best pizza and I like it best from the street vendors. There's a little restaurant called Co. that also makes good pizza and sports a very creative menu. I know everyone talks about Ray's pizza as being the best, but it seemed there was some rendition of Ray's on every street corner and the one I tried had soggy crust and tons of grease.
    2. Chicago is famous for their philly cheese steaks, but I tried one from two different restaurants and was not impressed. Chicago does have the best hot dogs and I prefer those straight from the street vendors too. Sin Dessert Lounge served up the best desserts I've ever, EVER tasted! I ordered their 7 Deadly Sins dessert tray and it was fantastic! If you're looking for something sweet, that is the place to go.
    3. Savannah, Georgia is the home place of Paula Deen's restaurant, The Lady and Sons. I visited the restaurant way before the controversy surrounding Paula Deen took place and it served up the best BBQ pork I've ever had. It wasn't too sweet, it wasn't too tangy, it wasn't too dry, and it wasn't too sloppy. Good BBQ is hard to find.

    Well, that is my list of must haves and the places I enjoy when in that area.

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    Re: Favorite Foods In Different States

    Chinese food in Chinatown San Francisco for me. The best flavours and the biggest portions of Yuk Sung and chicken chow mein I have ever eaten. It was only one of many small restaurants so take your pick. The Las Vegas buffets are also improving from the days when it was basically 'eat tons of rubbish for for $5'. People are actually choosing to go to them for the food rather than the fact that they are cheap.

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    Favorite Foods In America

    I'm a little unconventional as well but I'd say my favorite restaurants:

    New Orleans: Mona's
    Baton Rouge: Great Wall
    Santa Fe: Blue Corn Brewery
    Orlando: White Wolf
    Miami: Sublimity
    Key West: Good Food

    I love going to local places when I travel and trying the unexpected. I lived in FL too many years to not learn how to avoid the tourist traps and chains. Give me a local place that is recommended by the taxi driver or housekeeper any day of the week. Its been my experience that the front desk will just give you the local tourist trap but the folks that really work in the community know the really good spots!

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    Must Eat Foods Before You Die

    Some of my favorite foods by states :
    Alaska: Halibut,King Crab legs, Salmon, Moose meat and also reindeer (caribou)
    Texas: Chili cook offs, Harold's "Hotter than Hell" sauce & Bar B Que in Abilene, Country fried steaks, Sports bar at top of Ranger sadium
    Tennessee: Bea's AYCE family style rest in Chattanooga.
    North Carolina:Slaw topped Bar B Que
    Indiana: Quaker Steak & Lube in Ft Wayne.
    Georgia: Hot dogs at the Academy Billiard hall in Thomasville and the Varsity in Atlanta.
    Florida: Fresh shrimp off the boats,fresh fish you just caught & Boss Oyster in Apalachicola

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    Re: Favorite Foods In Different States

    I was recently in Boston for the first time in May and was curious about trying Lobster rolls. I yelped Lobster rolls and the zip code that I was staying in and found an amazing one near the water. I forget the name, but they only serve lobster rolls and chowder, not too much else. They have seating outside and the place itself is pretty small and sells other items in a deli. Will make your mouth water!

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    Re: Favorite Foods In Different States

    I would say that NYC has the best pizza, NJ has some good pizza but nothing beats NYC for it.
    Maine is the state to get lobster. It doesn't get any fresher in Maine.
    As said above, Alaska is great for salmon.
    NJ beaches are awesome for waffles and ice cream
    Philly has delicious cheesesteaks

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    Re: Favorite Foods In Different States

    Here in New Hampshire, my favorite restaurant is Tuscan Kitchen. I'm not sure if it's a chain or not...Maybe it is, but they make their pasta by hand and it is delicious. It's a bit fancy though. Speaking of fancy, we also have The Colosseum which is very expensive, but a great treat when you an afford it! (Which for me, is hardly ever, haha). I also love Sal's Pizza in the Seabrook/Massachusetts area, but that could be a chain too, I'm not completely positive...

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    I'm here in Las Vegas and I'm quiet lucky because I get to eat at some of the top restaurants for nothing and buffets for close to nothing so I'm very lucky. If you want to be lucky like me, just visit Las Vegas. We have some of the top notch chef around here. Chef Ramsy is here. Guy Savoy is here. Name a famous restaurant and you will find it in Las Vegas. For me, I don't eat at Joel Robochon for one hundred dollars per person but I eat at buffets. They're so good and so affordable. If you're ever in Vegas, try out our buffets. They have buffets at all the casino so be sure to try some and you also get it for free if you book a hotel at their place. One buffet for ten dollars for lunch or dinner is so amazing. I would love to go out and eat every day if I could but I rotten all of my teeth that way. I like the buffet so much is because you get to choose from selections all over the world for prices close to nothing.

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    Re: Favorite Foods In Different States

    NYC does has great pizza! Another place that is off the beaten path is the Amish Country in Ohio. There are so many locally owned home cooking places to eat there! I like to try a different place each time I go.

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    In Bar Harbor, Maine the Jordan Pondhouse serves the best popovers and Jam of anyplace ever. You can eat them out on the lawn overlooking the pond. It is beyond lovely.

    In San Francisco Tuk Tuk Thai has the best coconut chicken soup that this world has ever seen. It comes in a bowl big enough to be a whole meal as well, especially if you get a side of rice with it. Delicious.

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    I would love to visit Boston sometime and try the Lobster rolls. They sound great.

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    My Dad grew up in Toledo, Ohio and that's where my parents lived after they were first married. Now, every time they pass through there they stop at Friendly's for the food, but mostly because of how good their ice cream is. I've been there once with them and it's a pretty great place.

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    I wanted to add a place called Pies and Pints located in Fayetteville, Morgantown, and Charleston, WV. It's a great little pizza place that serves a lot of varieties of beer. You should check it out if you are ever in the area.

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    In Northern Kentucky / Southern Ohio

    I love to travel and one of the best things (to me) about travelling is getting to try the different foods. I love to try regional dishes because you get to experience so many different foods that way. Over the past weekend I was in Northern Kentucky in Newport and in the Cincinnati area. While there I tried, for the first time a regional dish called goetta. It is pronounced getty or getta. It is a mixture of a sausage type meat mixed with stone ground oatmeal. It is fried in a patty like sausage. It is delicious! It is somewhere along the lines of German knipp or scrapple. It is marketed to be a German breakfast sausage and can only be found in this region. There is even a Goetta festival in Newport in August! I'm clearing my calendar because this stuff is amazing!

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    New England Clam Chowder

    I'm from Boston and I'll tell you the one food you have to get here is New England Clam Chowder. It's so delicious. Of course it depends a bit on where you get it. There's a chain called Boston Chowdah Co. where it's pretty good. The best I've had recently was actually at a bar in Salem called Murphys. The place generally has a reputation for being a pretty subpar nightclub, but if you go there on a weeknight at dinner time for a bowl of clam chowder you won't regret it.

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    In Michigan:

    Lafayette Coney in Detroit, a place with such a limited menu that it is simply posted on chalkboards over the counter. They make the perfect coney dog, and as a bonus they serve Vernors in cans.

    Buddy's Pizza, at any of their locations but 6 & Conant in Detroit is still the best. Detroit-style pizza. Yes, that is a thing and it is so good that it wins national awards. Square, deep dish, with the cheese all the way to and over the edges of the crust so that it makes a wonderful crisp edge... a slice of heaven.

    Hamtramck Polish food cannot be beat; Polonia and Polish Village Cafe, which are right next door to one another and share a parking lot, are the best bets. Both have been featured on Travel Channel/Food Network programs, and both still have little old Polish ladies doing the cooking. A great place for food just like Grandma used to make.

    And if you ever happen to be here in the fall, head out to the NE Detroit suburb/rural fringe for fresh-pressed apple cider and cider donuts. Blakes in Armada is good (and has a u-pick orchard if you enjoy that sort of thing), as is Yates in Rochester.

    And a couple of favorites elsewhere:

    In Kentucky, there is a very unique "welcome center" (rest stop) smack in the middle of the state on I-75. But it is nothing like any other rest stop I've ever seen. It is at the Berea exit and has a lovely shop featuring the work of artisans from the college and community there. It also has a cafe that serves the best catfish I've ever had. Sort of a strange place to find a good meal, but now a must-do any time we're road-tripping down 75.

    In Florida, in a smallish town called Homossassa (which I probably spelled wrong) there's a seafood joint called Peck's Old Port Cove. If it comes from the sea, they serve it deep fried with a side of hush puppies. The gator tail nuggets are excellent, as are the fresh scallops. It certainly isn't fine dining but between the food and the incredible setting on this long road that winds out into the Gulf of Mexico it is a very nice dining experience.

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    I'm a native Chicagoan and have lived here for 28 of my 32 years on this planet. If you are in town and you want some good Chicago pizza, you'll probably go for one of the biggies: Giordano's, Pizzeria Uno/Due, Lou Malnati's, Gino's East. But I like to try to steer people to two lesser-known (and in my opinion superior) pizza joints.

    For classic Chicago thick crust pizza, check out Pequod's. There are two locations, one in the city and one just outside it. The trademark is the caramelized cheese along the outer edge of the crust...delicious!

    For thin-crust pizza, check out Piece. It's part-owned by a member of Cheap Trick and has one of their classic triple-necked guitars hanging inside, but I only mention that as a bit of trivia. The reason to go there is the wonderfully tasty pizza, in all it's unorthodox-sliced glory.

    So skip the mainstays, especially if you've had them already, and check out these two local favorites. You won't be disappointed

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    Quote Originally Posted by kimberwv View Post
    NYC does has great pizza! Another place that is off the beaten path is the Amish Country in Ohio. There are so many locally owned home cooking places to eat there! I like to try a different place each time I go.
    I have eaten at Amish places, but I haven't been to an Amish place in Ohio, and I can say their food is delicious! We used to have an Amish Market close to us and you could get fresh homemade foods to bring home - including their own grown meats too. They also had a buffet we would sometimes sit down and eat lunch there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by byrder7789 View Post
    Oh, I love this topic! I do not have a refined food palate so you'll not find any haute cuisine on my list.

    1. New York City has the best pizza and I like it best from the street vendors. There's a little restaurant called Co. that also makes good pizza and sports a very creative menu. I know everyone talks about Ray's pizza as being the best, but it seemed there was some rendition of Ray's on every street corner and the one I tried had soggy crust and tons of grease.
    My favorite pizza place is near where I live in Silverdale, WA. It's called Seabeck pizza. They make the most amazing gluten free crusts for their gluten free pizza and I won't buy pizza anywhere else now.

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    Re: Favorite Foods In Different States

    In Maine I love the whoopie pies, and fried Seafood platters from "The Sea Basket". "Moody's Diner" is nice for breakfast and pretty much any small Chinese place is better than the kind I've had in other states. The egg rolls are egg rolls, not spring rolls that most places claim are egg rolls, and the chicken fingers are huge.

    In Hawaii it was the yummy Malasada donuts and awesome Korean BBQ joints.

    Here in Washington we admittedly indulge in the chain food quite often, but there is this Mexican dive inside a gas station that is delicious. It's called La Canasta I believe. Someone correct me if I'm wrong. Oddly enough the poster above me is from this area as well!

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    Re: Favorite Foods In Different States

    This isn't exactly gourmet, but I enjoy whattaburger in Texas!

 

 

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