Welcome to Professional Travel’s newest blog series! Each month we will be exploring some U.S. cities that would be perfect destinations for travelers with certain interests. Look out for posts in the coming months about some great U.S. cities for families, business travelers, wine drinkers and more. But, this month, it’s all about the food. Hope you’re hungry!
Foodie noun (\ˈfü-dē\) A person with a particular interest in food; A person who generally seeks new food experiences as a hobby rather than for convenience or hunger
If you are a self-proclaimed foodie, this is the list for you. Today we are exploring 10 U.S. cities that are perfect for the person who plans each day around their next meal. If you love to try new things while seeing new places, check out one of these popular food destinations in 2015.
The city is on the shoreline of Lake Champlain and its food scene rivals its fabulous scenic views. From Vermont cheeses to great wines, chefs use some of the state’s extraordinary ingredients to prepare some of the best dishes in the U.S. Try Logans of Vermont, The Farmhouse Tap & Grill and stop by the Burlington Farmer’s Market.
We wouldn’t have been able to live with ourselves if we didn’t put our very own, Cleveland, on this list. Iron chef Michael Symon calls Cleveland home to some of his many restaurants and many other chefs have followed suit. Try Lolita, Crop and The Greenhouse Tavern. Don’t forget to swing by the Westside Market.
Kansas City, Missouri
Kansas City is the perfect destination for a barbeque fan. You will be sure to get your bang for your buck, too as a lot of the food here does not come with a high price tag. Try Fiorella’s Jack Stack BBQ, Gates Bar-B-Q and Julep for cocktails.
New Haven, Connecticut
Best known for Yale University, New Haven is also starting to get recognized as a major foodie city. New Haven is home to everything from famous pizza places to fine dining establishments. Try Union League Café, Louis’ Lunch (claims to be the inventor of the hamburger), Pepe’s for pizza and Claire’s Corner Copia for great vegetarian options.
New Orleans, Louisiana
New Orleans is a non-stop party and you’re going to need a full stomach to keep up. Luckily, you will find jambalaya, gumbo and some of the best beignets you will ever eat in NOLA. The cuisine has been described as a melting pot – Cajun and creole meals offer themes of French, West African and other cooking styles with strong emphasis on all forms of seafood. Try Mr B’s, Red Fish Grill and The Old Coffeepot Restaurant in the French Quarter for gumbo.
In August, the folks in Omaha host the Beer and Bacon Festival. Seriously, what could be better? Many of the best chefs in the Midwest have opened restaurants here offering a wide variety of food – from hearty meat dishes to comfort food. Try the Drover for steak, The Grey Plume and Boiler Room.
Portland is known for their farm-to-table dining options, microbrews and their booming food truck and cart scene (over 200 of them to be exact). Try Voodoo Donuts, Urban Farmer and Ataula. Popular food trucks and carts include The Brunch Box, Pyro Pizza and Nong’s Khao Man Gai.
With over 600 (and growing!) restaurants, Scottsdale has quite the eclectic food scene. Find everything from great Mexican to seafood to vegetarian options. Try Café Monarch, Andreoli Italian Grocer and Lon’s at the Hermosa.
Ready to pack your bags yet? We are! And, we know there are plenty more amazing food-centric cities out there.
Tell us, foodies, which cities do you love to travel to?