There are people who like to try new foods, and then there are people who truly dive in to the world of food and consider themselves “foodies.” If you’re a foodie and you’re looking for a vacation that satisfies your love for food, check out one of these great cities. (Just don’t forget to skip the parking at EWR and start your vacation with us!)
New Orleans, LA
The food in New Orleans is very unique. With a plethora of Cajun, Creole, and soul fare with heavy European influences, you’ll find food here that you won’t find anywhere else. Staple dishes include: gumbo, jambalaya, po’boys, and oysters prepared various ways.
If you’re a barbecue foodie, head down to the Texas city that specializes in it. Here, you’ll find slow-smoked cuts of beef, pork, and chicken that will make your mouth water long after you’ve finished. The city isn’t just barbecue, though. It boasts influences of Chinese, Vietnamese, and Hispanic cuisines as well.
Portland prides itself on its fresh, local, farm-to-table food and lucky for foodies, the city is full of it. In addition, you’ll find all types of fare, from Thai to Indian to Vietnamese to Italian and more. Just don’t forget to check out one of the more than 600 delicious (and affordable) food carts.
If comfort food is your go-to, take a trip down to Georgia and enjoy some classic Southern fare. Since the city is right on the river, you’ll find an abundance of seafood as well as classic Southern specialties. Staple dishes include: hushpuppies, crab stew, shrimp and grits, and oysters prepared various ways.
San Francisco, CA
San Francisco is known for its creativity, and the story is no different when it comes to the food. You’ll find everything from Michelin-starred restaurants to hole-in-the-wall cafes to farmers markets and more. And like Portland, this bay city prides itself on its fresh, locally-sourced ingredients.
While most people visit Music City for its music, many also visit for its food. Nashville’s food scene has expanded over the years and while many small eateries stick true to chicken-fried steaks and juicy pork barbecue, you can find other influences like Mexican, Cajun, Italian, and Mediterranean.
If you love comforting bar fare, you’ll love the food the Windy City has to offer. Often considered the culinary capital of the Midwest, Chicago presents both gourmet dining and a variety of local specialties. Staple dishes include: deep-dish pizzas, Chicago-style hot dogs, and Italian beef sandwiches.
Napa Valley, CA
Napa Valley invokes visions of wine, but the area also features a variety of award-winning restaurants with fine-dining menus to pair with that wine. Treat yourself to one of the many Italian-, French-, or Spanish-inspired eateries and leave feeling like you’ve dined luxuriously.
Where’s your favorite foodie city? Wherever you go next, skip the parking at EWR and make your reservation with NALTP instead. We’ll start your trip off right and help you save money that you can use to enjoy more delicious grub!