I’ve been fortunate enough to have been able to travel quite a bit within the United States and Canada. So as my travel destinations continue to accumulate, I am going to start making a list of the top foods you have to try on your travels.
- Beignets from New Orleans, specifically from Café Du Monde – These are the best pastries you will ever have. They don’t make them this good anywhere else. Slightly crispy on outside, yet nice and soft in the inside, these sweet pieces of fried dough always satisfy.
- Boudin Bakery, San Francisco – One of the best sourdough breads anywhere. You need to try a sourdough bowl filled with clam chowder. It is unbelievable.
- New York Pastrami from Katz’s Delicatessen– If you are a fan of cured meat, you have to try pastrami from Katz’s Delicatessen. Although there are other great deli’s around the US, this one is hard to beat.
- Pink’s Hot dogs – Being an LA native, I can’t exclude Pink’s from the list. The hot dogs are pretty decent, but half the fun is going out with your friends and waiting in line (hey, it’s LA. That’s what we are used to doing). But if you want to get a Pink’s hot dog without the wait, go during the daylight hours. They have hotdogs named after celebrities, and you can get almost any topping you can think of thrown on.
- Dungeness crab from San Francisco – Although I have not been to Washington, I do find the crab in San Francisco the best Dungeness crab I have had. With a little butter or lemon, you can’t go wrong. I like Nick’s Lighthouse, but it can get crowded. If you want more than just crab, try Crab house at Pier 39. They have more of a variety of crab dishes (if you are feeling like something else besides just straight-up crab).
- Ever have really good corn right off the plant? You may think you’ve had really good sweet corn, but until you try sweet corn from Iowa, you are probably wrong. If you happen to be driving through (why else would go to Iowa?), make sure to stop by a roadside stand and get a few ears sweet corn.
A lot of these places can be pretty tough to find, so you have an iPhone, I would recommend using Gokivo navigation (especially in San Francisco, all the one way streets are killer!)
I’ll add more as I travel!