Foodies are always looking for the next great dish they’ve never had before or something to satisfy their already sophisticated food palate. These three destination cities are no joke when it comes to the food they serve including everything from savory seafood to tasty pastries and sweets. There’s a little something for everyone, and it is all sure to please. Make a single long foodie road trip or make a bunch of short vacations to visit these places. Your stomach will thank you.
1. New Orleans, LA
Café Du Monde is known for their beignets, fried dough fritters with powdered sugar. Be sure to make this the top of your tasty treats list. Not to be outdone by the sweetness of the beignets, New Orleans is also known for their many seafood dishes. There’s many places that serve up some great food, but Lüke has gained huge popularity through their shrimp and grits dish with spicy creole seasoning while the Surf and Turf Po-Boy received the presidential stamp of approval from Obama for its slow-cooked roast beef paired with golden fried shrimp. There’s also the Charboiled Oysters at Drago’s, and these few places and dishes are just the beginning to New Orleans famous history for satisfying any food lover.
2. Memphis, TN
Drive several hours north of New Orleans on a detour from your way back home to Middle Tennessee to stop by and enjoy the great food in Memphis. While Memphis has gained the obvious reputation as Graceland and the years of history as a great music festival getaway with their Beale Street Festival, it has also gained a reputation for good food. For the salad lovers who also love bacon, you can’t miss Felicia Suzanne’s BLFGT Salad which begins with Thick, yet crispy Newman Farms bacon, two lightly fried tomatoes, and a layer of homemade pimento cheese that is topped with a heap of baby mixed greens tossed in a delicious rémoulade dressing. Memphis has also gained a reputation for all things BBQ, so check out the BBQ spaghetti from Interstate Bar-B-Q or the BBQ nachos from Central BBQ. Gain both the chance to enjoy some good BBQ while visiting an Elvis favorite by dropping by Coletta’s and trying out their Original Barbecue pizza. There’s so much more across the town, you’re sure to find something that you’ll love.
3. Charleston, SC
Charleston is also not skimpy in the history or food department. They’ve also got great beaches to enjoy during the summer months. While you’re enjoying the scenery, you can also try out some great food. Being so close to the ocean, they have their own reputation for good seafood dishes starting with the lowcountry shrimp roll with Geechie frites from The Obstinate Daughter and continuing onto the Garlic Crabs from Nana’s Seafood and Soul. Treat yourself to a decadent breakfast or snack by enjoying a pastry like the sticky bun from WildFlour Pastry. Or enjoy the ironically named dish “The Charleston Nasty Biscuit” from Hominy Grilled. Whatever type of food you’re looking for, there’s bound to be something that will real you in with delicious food smells and a great time.
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