All of my favorite destinations have one thing in common: it’s possible to live very well, without spending much. And the list includes cities that appear to be expensive, like Tokyo, New York, and Paris, just to name a few. Most of these cities I know like the back of my hand, which makes it much easier to find the cheap, but excellent, places to eat and stay.
But even if you’re not familiar with a new city, it’s possible to find something good to eat, without necessarily spending all that much. Or staying at the hotel. I love to eat like a local when I travel, and avoid the tourist traps as much as possible. To find some great foodie destinations, you don’t have to go far. Close to home (for me), here’s my top 3 foodie destinations in the US. And trust me, it doesn’t matter where in the world I go: room service is never on the list.
It is imperative you take a lunch break and dig into some juicy dumplings in the oldest China town in North America. Check out “China Live” for the best of best in dim sum- don’t forget to try the Peking duck! If Mexican is more your flavor, pop a squat at “El Castillito” for one of the best mission style burritos your heart could ask for. Your mouth will thank you. If you’re feeling fishy, take a dive at “Soma’s” at Fisherman’s Warf for some of the tastiest crab louie you could ask for.
New Orleans is known for its culinary masterpieces. Whether it’s French, Creole or modern classics, this city will tempt every sinful glutenous bone in your body. Let your taste buds guide you over to “The Praline Connection” to get your French on.
You’d be buried in regret for the rest of your life if you didn’t give deep dish pizza it’s deserved chance in the heart of Chicago at “Vito & Nick’s Pizzeria”. Not to mention world class fries, this place has the crunchiest and most scrumptious crust your mouth will ever taste. Afterwards, overfill that stomach with some incredibly inventive hot dogs. You can even get your fancy hat on and try the Foie Gras Hot Dog at “Hot G Dog”!