Pack your appetite and place an order for regional delights. From seafood classics and artful burger creations, to savory and sumptuous meals, you’ll find what you’re craving served in major culinary destinations across the country. Whatever you’re in the mood for, you’re sure to find a restaurant with a menu that caters to your tastes.
These are some the best foodie cities to visit on your next vacation—you’ll definitely want to come back for seconds.
Casual sophistication is always on the menu at The Olde Pink House, Savannah’s only 18th century mansion turned restaurant. Delectable dining options feature crispy fried lobster tails, blue crab beignets and bourbon molasses grilled pork tenderloin. Vic’s on the River was once used by General Sherman’s officers for meetings and planning during the Civil War. Today, it serves up shrimp and smoked cheddar stone ground grits, fried chicken liver sliders, pecan crusted flounder and praline cheesecake. The lady at the Lady and Sons just happens to be Paula Deen. Her sons are Jamie and Bobby. Menu items include friend green tomatoes with Vidalia onion relish and roasted red pepper sauce, black eye peas, peach BBQ grouper, collard greens, asparagus sandwich and pecan pie.
Las Vegas, Nevada
Once upon a time Las Vegas was a mecca for endless buffets and all-night coffee shops. Today, foodies can order mouthwatering masterpieces prepared at restaurants owned by some the most popular celebrity chefs in the world. Steaks reign supreme at Mario Batali’s Carnevino. For Italian meals prepared with California flair, stop by Giada. This restaurant is owned by TV star and best-selling author Giada De Laurentiis. Las Vegas is a desert locale with many Southwestern-style eateries as well. Top among them is Mesa Grill owned by renowned chef Bobby Flay. You can also order world-class meals from Wolfgang Puck, Guy Fieri, Emeril Lagasse and many chefs you never heard of. Double down and go all in for culinary creations that are always odds on favorites.
New Orleans, Louisiana
Creole and Cajun cooking (and just about every other kind imaginable) make New Orleans one of the best foodie cities in the United States. At Jaques-Imo’s, appetizers are stars on the menu. Start with Fried Rabbit Tenderloin or Shrimp and Alligator Sausage Cheesecake. Hearty entrées include Stuffed Pork Chops with ground beef, shrimp, mushrooms and gravy along with Blackened Redfish covered with crab-chili hollandaise. A vacation to the Big Easy should include stops at a few of the most tempting restaurants, including Commander’s Palace. Here, you can order the Chicory Coffee Lacquered Quail. Made with fire roasted chili and cochon boudin over smoky bacon wilted greens with Tabasco® pepper jelly and pecan espresso crumbles, this one is definitely not for the birds.
Charleston, South Carolina
On the outside, Bowens Island Restaurant looks like a weathered shack. But the food that this popular hangout serves keeps loyal patrons returning for fresh oysters and other seafood favorites. In contrast, Slightly North of Broad (SNOB) is more stately in appearance. Catering to the lunch crowd, this energetic bistro features refreshing Pear & Ginger Sangria, savory Butternut Squash Bisque, delectable Grilled Carolina Trout and scrumptious Fried Chicken Livers. Top 10 list favorite Husk uses southern ingredients, local produce and heritage products in all its dishes. Meals served inside this Victorian-style mansion include Shrimp and Edisto Grits along with Kentucky Soy-BBQ Glazed Pig Ear Wraps. If you’re hungry for Lowcountry cooking served with a heaping helping of Southern hospitality, Charleston is sure to satisfy.
King’s Arms Tavern is a colonial tavern that dates back to 1772. Here, you can relive traditions of the past while enjoying fresh and hearty cuisine in a time-honored atmosphere. Signs of the past like pewter candlesticks and roaring fireplaces set the mood throughout the dining rooms. Colonial-inspired furniture and tableware have been reproduced and brass sconces, maps, prints and other mementos from the time period adorn the walls. The friendly staff even dresses in 18th century apparel. As for your meal, the roasted Peanut Soupe is a good start. Guests rave about the Norfolk Pottage Pye, a pub dining favorite with creamy chicken and vegetables. The Baron’s Shaved Roast Beef Tavern Sandwich is slow cooked culinary treat served on a roll with succulent caramelized onions and green peppers, savory provolone cheese, tangy Au Jus and Tavern Fries. Another tasty treat, the Seafood Jambalaya, does not disappoint with shrimp, scallops, clams, Andouille sausage, aromatic vegetables, tomato bail broth and rice.