While big cities like New York, San Francisco, and Chicago get loads of press for their high-end cuisine, there are plenty of other cities all over the US that cultivate their own foodie communities. If you're looking to plan a Summer road trip with quality food to boot, then here are eight sweet cities with renowned restaurants and flavors that pack a punch. Don't see your favorite stop in the list? Chime in with your city in the comments!
Source: ladyofthewings , Anna Monette Roberts, Susannah Chen, Randy Pertiet 
For good Southern charm and a burgeoning fine arts scene, Louisville, KY, is a city you've got to see.
Must-Eat: After watching his creations on Top Chef Season 9, we're dying to go to Edward Lee's restaurant, 610 Magnolia .
With the gorgeous Rockies in the backdrop, Boulder is one of those amazing cities with a spirit you feel as soon as you arrive. We love it so much that we've got you covered with full list of where to eat in Boulder .
Must-Eat: Be sure to try the tomato soup at The Kitchen .
Home to the University of Wisconsin, downtown Madison has developed a serious foodie reputation by embracing all things Midwest, from beer to steak.
Must-Eat: Right around the corner from the famous capitol building, Toronado Steakhouse  is a Madison gem for an old-school steak dinner.
If you're driving through the deep delicious South, be sure to stop by Natchez, a small Southern town that's big on character.
Must-Eat: The Carriage House , a restaurant on the grounds of the famed Stanton Hall. Can't make it there this year? Make your own  version of these Southern-style biscuits .
Charleston may be known for its style of homes and beautiful beaches, but there's so much good food in this city that it's hard to pick a favorite hot spot.
Must-Eat: Blossom  in the heart of downtown Charleston focuses on fresh flavors and local fish.
Time to think way beyond the maple syrup! Burlington boasts a bevy of gourmet options for people who love a delicious meal.
Must-Eat: For a memorable brunch, you've got to head to Penny Cluse Café . You won't regret it.
The East Coast beach town of Portland has got gorgeous views and a bevy of just-caught seafood options.
Must-Eat: Chef Rob Evans has opened two restaurants in Portland that are getting rave reviews: Hugo's  and Duckfat . But a trip to Portland wouldn't be complete without visiting Portland Lobster Company  for an old-school lobster roll.
Traverse City, MI
This sweet town in northern Michigan has become a serious foodie haven. Even Mario Batali has a house there!
Must-Eat: Mario's favorite restaurant in Traverse City is The Cooks' House . We'd love to taste their duck confit gumbo!