If there’s one thing Americans love, it’s food. And can you blame us? From deep-fried delicacies to spicy specialties, we take pride in serving up a myriad of unique flavors and foods. With so many diners, restaurants, and dives across the country it’s hard to know where to begin. That’s where we come in; we’ve got a list of some of the tastiest, must-visit food stops across America.
We hope you’re ready to whet your appetite with these mouth-watering locales. Now… who’s hungry?
Pat’s King of Steaks – Pennsylvania
Cheesesteaks are no laughing matter in Philadelphia; ask any local on where to find the best one, and you’ll receive a detailed answer. While the finest cheesesteaks in Philly may be up to debate, a good place to start is Pat’s King of Steaks. This landmark restaurant is open 24 hours and has been serving up killer sandwiches since 1930. For an authentic cheesesteak experience, this is the place to be. Be sure to try out their competitor, Geno’s, so you can rate the top Philly cheesesteak yourself!
Ben’s Chili Bowl – Washington, DC
Craving chili? When you’re hungering for some of the best chili out there, make your way to Ben’s Chili Bowl in Washington D.C. It ranks as a local favorite, and with good reason. Its classic look echoes the timeless taste of its chili, which has impressed the likes of famed individuals like former President Barack Obama. Try the famous chili on a hot dog and grab a cold soda to wash it down with for an unforgettable and perfectly delicious full meal!
Boudin Bakery – California
Nobody does sourdough bread quite like San Francisco; the tasty bread has become an integral part of the culinary culture (and pairs perfectly with an array of local wines). If you want to taste the pinnacle of bread on the West Coast, Boudin Bakery is where you need to go. Since 1849, bakers have been whipping up an assortment of delectable goods that locals can’t help but love. There’s plenty to try, but the sourdough bread is essential eating here.
Katz’s Deli – New York
They say if you can make it in New York City, you can make it anywhere. Well, Katz’s Deli has certainly earned its stripes in one of the most food-filled cities in the world. Since 1888, this New York landmark has been serving up the most succulent pastrami sandwiches you’ve ever tried. While their meats are world-famous (and with good reason), be sure to sample the assortment of other treats the deli serves up, including knishes, matzoh ball soup, and brisket so tender it melts in your mouth!
Union Oyster House – Massachusetts
It’s hard to pick just one restaurant in Boston, but the Union Oyster House is one that tops many lists. Historically, it’s been a hot spot for ages; John F. Kennedy was known to dine there regularly, as was famed politician Daniel Webster. But all that aside, it’s really the food that matters and it’s hard to beat this landmark in terms of fresh seafood and New England favorites. From a wide variety of fresh oysters to that classic New England clam chowder, it’s easy to see why Union Oyster House is so famous.
Payne’s Bar-B-Que – Tennessee
Barbecue is serious business down south, and picking any place over another is bound to ruffle some feathers but trust us when we say Payne’s Bar-B-Que is the one you need to put at the top of your BBQ list. This Memphis hotspot is famous for its criminally tasty pulled pork, rich sauces, and fresh sides. Everything on the menu is a winner, and sure to soothe even the most contentious of barbecue connoisseurs.
Superdawg Drive-In – Illinois
If you’re a fan of hot dogs (and really, who isn’t?), it’s high time you made the pilgrimage to Superdawg in Chicago and sampled some of the best in the business. First established in 1948, this drive-in put itself on the map with deliciously juicy and savory dogs likes you’ve never tasted before. If you’re a hot dog purist, here’s the place to go wild and be sure to get all the trimmings (including their famous fries)! Top off your meal with a malt or shake for good measure, and experience a classic drive-in meal with five-star flavors.
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