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When Traveling Stateside, Do You Seek Out Local Foods?

One benefit to visiting exotic locales is trying different kinds of food, but our country also boasts lots of local specialties. When I roam the US, I'm obsessed with tasting the regional faves, whether it's Texas barbecue, regional hot dog varieties, or different types of sandwiches. What about you?


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brittanyk brittanyk 9 years
I love trying out local food, it's one of the best parts of traveling!
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i definitely make it a goal to seek out local flavors. i think that it's part of the joy of traveling, to find something that an area is known for and have them make it for you. it's great to get something at home, but when you get it fresh - and prepared the way that it was originally intented - it makes all the difference in a meal.
karisaamy karisaamy 9 years
I always like trying new local things - or just any new things
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 9 years
Some of our favorite restaurants have been local places we discovered by traveling.
Marseeah Marseeah 9 years
Ooohhh Whiplash - I forgot about In-n-Out! I can't wait to head back to CA now.
Marseeah Marseeah 9 years
My husband and I called 2007 the year of the BBQ - since we visited a lot of friends in the South that year, and ate at every famous BBQ place we could! It's so much fun to find the local places - and the best local places are often not expensive at all!
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 9 years
Most definitely. I've eaten beignets and gumbo in New Orleans, shrimp and grits in Savannnah, clam chowder and lobster bisque in Boston, and In-n-Out Burger in California. And everyone who comes to visit me from out of town insists on getting a genuine Philly cheesesteak. Great. Now I'm hungry. :drool:
jennifer76 jennifer76 9 years
Absolutely! It's one of the best parts of traveling!
AmberHoney AmberHoney 9 years
How do those pig tails taste? Do you eat them with hot sauce?
smart-boy smart-boy 9 years
Hanna1117 Hanna1117 9 years
Frika - Check out Salty's or Anthony's!
jennythereader jennythereader 9 years
My big thing is that I try not to eat at national chain restaurants, especially if I'm traveling in an unfamiliar part of the country.
fuzzles fuzzles 9 years
Frika, Pike Place Market! :) And for me, most of the reason to travel is to eat local foods. I try to make every meal something that is regional and as different as possible than what I am used to back home.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
That is part of the fun of traveling but some places just don't have local food that appeals to me.
AmberHoney AmberHoney 9 years
Isn't that what traveling is all about. Indian tacos in South Dakota and Arizona are fab.
shoneyjoe shoneyjoe 9 years
If only I had the money to travel anymore...
javsmav javsmav 9 years
hmm, I'm trying to think of local vegetarian food. I'll eat all the avocados I can eat when I'm in California. And I guess there's pizza in New York or Chicago. I will look for places for my boyfriend--on our last trip, he ate a big ass lobster at a local seafood joint while I munched on world famous Maine grilled cheese.
sfbutterfly24 sfbutterfly24 9 years
How can you not try the local food when you to other states. MMMMMM Brisket from Texas, Cuban Sandwiches in Miami, Hot Dogs in New York and so much MORE!!!!!
ShePirate2010 ShePirate2010 9 years
ktpotat ktpotat 9 years
I've found taking cooking classes in different locations is also a fab way to learn about the regions food.
Frika Frika 9 years
I always look for local eats. That's what I am searching for right now, because on Thursday I leave for Seattle. Any Suggestions?
Le-Luxe Le-Luxe 9 years
I try not to eat things that I can also get at home. So I get to try out good local eats.
mini_pixie mini_pixie 9 years
I always have to get biscuits and gravy when I'm in the midwest! You can't get some of that stuff made the same way here, unless your gramma does it ;)
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