By Lizzy Mulderrig | June 5, 2017
What’s the most important part of any trip? Is it site seeing? Is it relaxation? In my opinion, the most important part of any trip is the food. I participate in cultural emersion by diving into a mouth-watering meal. Even if you’re not traveling far from home, the meals you have will make or break your trip. If you’re a foodie like me trying to get the best meal experience, you’re in luck. Read more to uncover 10 hidden food gems across America.
Hard Eight BBQ
I assume you already know where you should be traveling if you’re looking for amazing barbecue. If you’re not thinking Texas, I’m a little concerned. Home to Dallas is the barbecue restaurant, Hard Eight BBQ. A family owned and operated business, this barbecue hot spot offers more than mouth-watering meats. Along with great service, this restaurant hosts live music Friday and Saturday nights!
Location: 688 Freeport Pkwy, Coppell, TX 75019
Rockaway Athletic Club
If you’re attending a USC football game, or just happen to be in Colombia, South Carolina, you have to visit Rockaway Athletic Club. A favorite on their menu is a burger with pimiento cheese fries. Pro-tip: calories don’t count on vacations. This is a totally true and completely realistic fact.
Location: 2719 Rosewood Dr, Columbia, SC 29205
Start the morning right at Miss Shirley’s in Baltimore; rumored to have the best breakfast, brunch, and lunch in Maryland. It’s a café that you really shouldn’t pass up. Its meals have even been featured in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and Food Network Magazine!
Location: 750 E Pratt St, Baltimore, MD 21202
Da Kine Diego’s Insane Burritos
To heat things up, visit Da Kine Diego’s Insane Burritos down in Satellite Beach FL. After working up a great tan, stop in for a fun, laid-back atmosphere and some massive burritos. The ingredients are super fresh, and yes vegetarians – there is some delicious food options for you too!
Location: 1360 Florida A1A, Satellite Beach, FL 32937
Visiting Florida, but not into burritos? A favorite of those that live near Reddington Beach is Sweet Sage. Sweet Sage is a quaint and friendly cafe and boutique. To quote a resident of the area (and a dear friend of mine), “I want to be buried with a ‘Waffe Daffle,” one of the most popular menu items.
Location: 16725 Gulf Boulevard North Redington Beach, FL 33708
If you’re anything like me, you have a sweet tooth that never seems to be satisfied. Knoxville, TN is home to Maker’s Donuts, a charming donut shop with some serious donut-making skills. Hand-crafted daily at 3-4:00 AM, these donuts are delicious and different with flavors like churro, maple-bacon, and chocolate ganache.
Location: 804 Tyson Street Knoxville, TN 37917
According to Seattle residents, it is crucial that sushi lovers make Shiro’s Sushi Restaurant a priority. Don’t let the appearance fool you – just because it’s tiny doesn’t mean it can’t deliver huge flavor, flavor that has kept the shop running for over 20 years. Look for the neon sign, and get ready experience fresh and delicious ingredients your taste buds will thank you for!
Location: 2401 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121
It’s possible that you may be craving something healthy. I know it sounds strange, but if you’ve been eating maple-bacon donuts or pimiento cheese fries, it is a very real phenomenon. This can especially occur if you’re in LA, where you may be inspired by the locals’ impeccable shapes and good looks. In this case, I hope you find yourself at EVO Kitchen, a family-owned restaurant that uses local, organic, and delicious ingredients. There are even a variety of vegan options!
Location: 7950 Sunset Blvd. #104 Los Angeles, CA 90046
I’m assuming if you’re visiting Chicago, there will be a time when you will be in desperate need of some coffee. Say no more – just go straight to Ipsento. It is a funky coffee shop on Western Avenue that offers some unique twists to coffee, like a dash of cayenne or honey. If you’re looking for something a little stronger, they also have quite the beer list!
Location: 2035 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
And finally, I can’t leave out the most essential food item to one’s diet. Yes, I am talking about pizza. I’m also pretty sure everyone’s aware that to find the best pizza, you must go to New York. A Long Island native myself, I consider myself a pizza expert, so to speak. Everyone must go to Little Vincent’s Pizzeria in Huntington and order a cold slice. Trust me on this one.
Location: 329 New York Ave, Huntington, NY 11743