By the Engel & Völkers Team
We’re planning our summer travel agenda and are more than ready to stretch out warm weekends for trips to nearby cities. A weekend spent in a different city is the most amazing excuse to forget about beach bod goals and to dig in on the nation’s best grub. If you’re like us and enjoy traveling to eat, there’s no better way to do it than first getting inspired by regional cuisines.
Here are our summer destination ideas based on some of the U.S. and Canada’s best signature dishes. Share and experience what locals love about each of their cities, and if you’re not hungry yet—you will be.
Keeping your taste buds happy in Silicon Valley will not be difficult, as long as you don’t get distracted by the city’s perfect weather and self-driving cars. Boudin Bakery’s famous sourdough bread bowls can be a great appe-teaser on your way to fresh seaside dungeness crab, and, if you truly have an iron stomach, you’ll make room for the Mission’s droolworthy burritos, beloved by tech gurus, fringe artists and taqueria owners alike.
If you’re by the harbor, you’ll need some chowda’. We may still be crying after watching Casey Affleck’s performance in Manchester by the Sea, but no amount of mind-bogglingly depressing movies can keep us away from a comforting bowl of New England clam chowder and perfectly softened oyster crackers. With a lobster roll on the side and a whoopie pie to finish it all off, our tourist duties might be kaput for the rest of the day—catch us on the couch watching more Affleck films on replay.
Canadian poutine is ooey, gooey and all around irresistible. Don’t boast to cardiologists any time soon about eating a plate of it because its near lethal combo of fries, cheese curds and gravy does not bode well for arteries, but everything is good in moderation, right? Make a visit to Québec and eat that poutine! Vive la poutine!
The Big Easy is well-known as a city of good times. Take Mardi Gras, Bourbon Street and jazz music alone and New Orleans already has a huge hand over most other sleepy towns. As a city bursting with energy and culture, its stellar food adds to its unique charm in unfair ways, namely because walking tours will never be able to counteract calories consumed. Still, have no regrets when you’re enjoying flavorful jambalaya, gumbo and po-boys, while topping those off with sweet beignets.
Nothing is more satisfying than a late-night slice of classic New York pizza, especially after a day of fine dining in what is one of the world’s greatest and most diverse food hubs. Even though the ruling of New York’s thin slices versus Chicago’s deep-dish will never close, we’ll clarify here that at least we think both are top-notch contenders. (Although, if you’re in New York, you can also end your meal with a piece of New York-style cheesecake.)