The United States is a country that’s full of diverse people, cultures and cuisines. The same can be said for our food. Each region has its own specialties and quirks, from the New York City hot dog to southern barbecue. We’ve put together a list of our favorite culinary destinations in America so you can enjoy these delicious treats when you visit:
New York City
New York City is the culinary capital of the United States. The city has a diverse food scene and offers many different types of cuisine, including Italian, Chinese, Korean and Indian. New Yorkers love their food so much that they have some of the best restaurants in the world right here at home!
The following are just some examples:
Pennsylvania Dutch Country
In Pennsylvania Dutch Country, you’ll find Amish and Mennonite communities that have been around since the 17th century. These groups are known for their strong religious beliefs and simple lifestyles, which include farming without electricity or motorized vehicles.
The food in this region reflects its heritage: it’s hearty fare that goes well with a cold beer on a hot day–and there’s no shortage of beer here! You can’t visit without trying some scrapple (a breakfast dish made from pork scraps), chicken pot pie, or apple butter. If you’re looking for something different to try while visiting Lancaster County (where many Amish live), check out this list of restaurants serving up local favorites:
- Shady Maple Smorgasbord & Pancake House – Serving all-you-can eat pancakes every Saturday morning!
- Dutch Country Farmers Market – Open year round every Saturday from 8am – 1pm
The Deep South
The Deep South is known for its spicy cooking, with cajun and creole flavors dominating the region. A few of the most popular dishes include:
- Gumbo (a thick stew)
- Jambalaya (rice with meat, seafood and vegetables)
- Gumbo etouffee (gumbo cooked with a roux)
- Crawfish Etouffee and Shrimp Creole are both thick stews made with tomatoes and onions that may also include okra or green bell peppers as well as other ingredients like celery or green onions depending on what type of dish you’re making. The difference between these two dishes is that crawfish etouffee uses crawfish tails whereas shrimp creole uses whole shrimp which have been sauteed in butter until golden brown before being added back into your saucepan along with any additional seasonings such as garlic powder & paprika powder etc…
Portland is a great city for food lovers. From the lobster rolls at The Maine Diner to the fried chicken at Duckfat (a must-visit for any visitor), there’s no shortage of deliciousness in Portland. If you want to get away from it all and enjoy some peace and quiet while you eat your meal, head over to Hugo’s or Eventide Oyster Co., two restaurants with outdoor seating where you can relax while enjoying your meal in nature.
For those who want something more casual, check out Salt Exchange–which serves up unique dishes like Korean short ribs and duck fat fries–or Fore Street–a restaurant with inventive takes on classic dishes such as macaroni & cheese made with orecchiette pasta instead of elbow macaroni!
Washington, DC is the capital of the United States. It’s also one of the most important cities in America for many reasons–it has a population of 632,000 people, it’s home to many political landmarks and monuments (including Mount Rushmore), and there are numerous museums around its borders. The Smithsonian Institution alone has 19 different museums within its walls!
The state capital and largest city in New England, Boston is known for its history. It was the site of the American Revolution and features many historical sites including: The Bunker Hill Monument (a granite obelisk that commemorates an important battle during the war), The Paul Revere House (where you can see a replica of his lanterns), Faneuil Hall Marketplace (one of America’s oldest public marketplaces) and more!
Beside its rich history, Boston is also home to many museums such as The Museum Of Fine Arts which houses pieces from some of Europe’s most famous artists like Van Gogh & Picasso; Harvard University Museum Of Natural History which showcases collections from all over the world including dinosaur bones; John F Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum where visitors can learn about JFK’s life before becoming president along with many other exhibits about his presidency & assassination attempts against him as well as other presidents who had influence over our country during their terms such as Abraham Lincoln & Franklin D Roosevelt among others.”
Chicago is known for its deep-dish pizza, but it’s also the birthplace of the Chicago dog. You can’t have one without the other, so we’ve included both in this culinary guide to America’s Second City.
- Deep-Dish Pizza: The first thing you’ll notice about Chicago-style pizza is that it’s not thin crust–it’s thick and buttery with a crunchy exterior and gooey cheese on top. The second thing you’ll notice is that there are no slices; instead, you order by the pie or by individual pieces (cut into squares). There are many local favorites but Lou Malnati’s has been voted best in town multiple times over several decades; try their signature deep dish with sausage or mushrooms if you’re feeling adventurous! If that sounds like too much work for one meal (and let’s face it…it does), then pick up some frozen prebake pizzas from Trader Joe’s instead because they’re delicious too!
Chicago is the food capital of the Midwest. It has a deep-dish pizza that’s thick, cheesy and delicious. The steak is tender and juicy, with a mouthwatering char on top. There’s also an incredible sandwich – they call it “the Italian beef” – which consists of thinly sliced roast beef served on an Italian roll with giardiniera (a pickled vegetable relish) and peppers added. And last but not least: hot dogs! Chicagoans love their hot dogs so much that they even have a festival dedicated to them called Hot Doug’s
America is the land of food lovers.
America is the land of food lovers. There are so many different types of American food, it’s impossible to pick a favorite! While some people might be interested in trying new and exotic dishes, others prefer traditional favorites like barbecue or burgers. Whatever your taste may be, there’s something for everyone here in America–and we’re not just talking about the good old US of A either: we’re talking about all 50 states!
Our culinary journey starts in California with its famous tacos and burritos (I mean come on…you can’t get more authentic than Cali). From there we travel eastward across Texas where barbecue reigns supreme (who doesn’t love brisket?). Then it’s northward through Oklahoma where they say everything’s bigger than life–and that includes their biscuits too! Next stop is Missouri where you’ll find some seriously delicious BBQ sauce along with some delicious ribs cooked low ‘n’ slow over an open flame until they’re fall-off-the-bone tender…mmm…now I’m hungry again!
We hope you enjoyed our culinary tour of America. From New York City to Chicago and beyond, there’s a lot to love about our country’s food scene. If we missed any must-try dishes or restaurants in your area, please let us know!