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The US is truly a melting pot of diverse cuisine and culinary culture, with countless cities boasting unique and delicious food scenes. From coastal seafood and Southern comfort food to West Coast fusion and international flavors, there is no shortage of amazing food cities in the US. Here are some of the best cities to eat in across the country.
10. Charleston, SC
Charleston is known for its Southern comfort food. This includes fried chicken, shrimp and grits, and biscuits and gravy. The city also has a thriving seafood scene with fresh oysters and shrimp from the nearby waters.
9. Portland, OR
Portland is a foodie’s dream. There are tons of farm-to-table restaurants and food carts offering everything from gourmet doughnuts to vegan sushi. The city is also known for its craft beer and coffee.
8. Austin, TX
Austin is known for its barbecue and Tex-Mex cuisine. Dishes like brisket, ribs, and tacos take the spotlight here. The city also has a thriving food truck scene with hundreds of trucks dishing up all you could want including burgers, churros, ice cream, Thai, Korean BBQ, and more. (Check out my top picks for things to do in Austin here.)
7. Miami, FL
Miami’s food scene is heavily influenced by its Latin American population. Cuban, Venezuelan, and Colombian cuisine dominate the city’s culinary landscape. It’s also famous for stone crab, conch fritters, and Cuban sandwiches.
6. Seattle, WA
Seattle is known for its fresh salmon, oysters, and crab. It’s also famous for its coffee culture, as the birthplace of Starbucks and home to dozens of other independent coffee shops serving up artisanal brews.
5. Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles’ food scene blends many different cultures. From Korean BBQ to Mexican street tacos, there’s something for everyone in LA. The city is also famous for its health food scene with vegan and gluten-free options aplenty.
4. New Orleans, LA
New Orleans is famous for its Cajun and Creole cuisine, which includes dishes like jambalaya, gumbo, and po’boys. The city is also home to some of the best seafood in the country with loads of crawfish, oysters, and shrimp. Save room for dessert. Beignets are a must when visiting.
3. San Francisco, CA
San Francisco is a hub for fusion cuisine, with a variety of Asian, Mexican, and Mediterranean influences everywhere you look. The city is also famous for its sourdough bread, Dungeness crab, and clam chowder. (Check out my top picks for things to do in San Francisco here.)
2. Chicago, IL
Chicago is famous for its deep-dish pizza (I’m not a fan) and hot dogs, but the city’s food scene extends far beyond these classic dishes. From Italian beef sandwiches to Polish sausage, there’s no shortage of delicious eats in the Windy City. (Check out my top picks for things to do in Chicago here.)
1. New York, NY
Known for its pizza (my favorite), bagels, hot dogs, and delis, New York City is a food lover’s paradise. With more than 20,000 restaurants, there’s always something to eat in the Big Apple. The city is also home to some of the world’s most famous, Michelin-starred restaurants, such as Le Bernardin and Eleven Madison Park. (Check out my top picks for things to do in New York here.)
Anthony’s Take: The US is home to some of the best food cities in the world. Each has its own unique culinary culture and specialties. From pizza in New York to BBQ in Austin to seafood in New Orleans, there’s no shortage of amazing food to try. Whether you’re a foodie or just looking for a great meal, these cities are a must-visit when it’s time to eat.
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lmfao, miami has the worst food in America. The only thing I could find worthy of eating there was Burger King.
I completely agree with #1 and #2.