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Which US Cities Have the Best Restaurants?

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When traveling through America you have plenty of dining options to choose from, but I personally consider these to be the best for the local restaurant dining experience:

  1. New York City
  2. Chicago
  3. Los Angeles
  4. San Francisco
  5. Columbus

Which other cities can you visit to assure yourself of a delicious meal?

Well, truth be told, there are much more than just these 5 highlighted cities in America that are worthy of your admiration as a “foodie” but these five in particular should be given a serious first look as they provide not only some of the most unique dining options that you rarely get from other places, but they also serve-up an amazing variety that can only be truly grasped by going there for an extended period of time!

1) New York City

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Let’s start with the city that never sleeps, the media capital of the world. New York City is a prime location for satisfying your need for a great meal no matter when the time is. New York features restaurants such as Daniel’s Restaurant, a classic French cuisine restaurant that is pleasant for a married couple after having a wedding.

Along with fine wine selections Daniel’s offers grilled fish, various soups, sirloin steak and various beef dishes. Some meals are even cooked and served right at your table, staying true to the authentic French cuisine style.

Another option in New York would be Lincoln Square Steak, an American Steakhouse joint that serves up a wide variety of dishes. Ranging from a large portion of lobster and a calamari appetizer to ribeye steak, baked potatoes, Canadian Bacon and Porterhouse Steak, Lincoln is known for its efficient and friendly service.

If heavy meat dishes aren’t for you, then you can always have Truffle Macaroni and Cheese, French Onion Soup and Tomato Mozzarella Salad as alternatives.

2) Chicago

Chicago has more to offer than just pizza, but, come on---everyone knows the pizza's where it's at!

Chicago Deep-Dish Pizza–World Famous Goodness

Next is up the “Second City” where deep dish pizza was made famous.

The Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder represents the Windy City well by making deep dish pizza as well as “Pot Pizza”, which is pizza baked inside a bowl. Having a simple menu, this place isn’t your typical pizza joint as it also offers various salads, Mediterranean Bread, Oven Grinder Sandwiches and Italian Ice for dessert.

In this restaurant you are given the option of changing the bread and the crust of your pizza from white to meat. This is considered to be a great hole-in-the-wall kind of place.

If you’re not a pizza person, then Alinea would be a great choice in the Windy City.

A very creative and unorthodox style of cooking is on display here as some of the restaurant’s seafood dishes are inspired by various Asian cuisines. You have 3 different tuna dishes to choose from, which are parsnip, black truffle and Kombu. The menu will feature a black truffle add-on, which comes in “explosion”, romaine and parmesan variations.

If you’re in the mood for cheesecake, then you can have flavors such as matcha tea, berries and hibiscus. How about eggplant? You can order that along with banana, cocoa or curry on it. Alinea is said to be a once in a lifetime experience for any customer.

3) Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California--where they say dreams are made or destroyed...but you can always find great food!

L.A. — one of the best foodie cities in the USA

Only behind New York in size, Los Angeles has its own promising restaurants.

Among some of the most notable is the German and American hybrid joint called Wurstkuche. The 3 main flavors of bratwurst that you can order at Wurstkuche would be nutmeg, pork and coriander. There is also the special “Bockwurst” which comes in veal, pork and spices options.

  • The Gourmet section of the menu offers sandwiches and burgers such as the Mango Jalapeno, which come in either chicken or turkey.
  • You can also have the Chicken Apple and Double Spices which is filled with cinnamon. You can have the Austin Blues in hot and spicy, tri-pepper and hardwood smoked pork forms. Plus let’s not forget the many German style beers that you can have at the bar area!
  • A clash of American and seafood cooking, the Water Grill gives you something different all across the menu. For Chilled Shellfish you can choose either the Jumbo Wild Florida Stone Crab Claws, the Farmed Littleneck Clams or the Farmed Peruvian Bay Scallops, to name a few.
  • For appetizers you can have Miso Soup, which contains tofu and green onions, or fish tacos with fresh Atlantic Cod, or even Wild Spanish Octopus, which is charcoal grilled with tomatoes, feta cheese and olives.
  • A light eating option would be the Wedge Salad, which has bacon and blue goat cheese.
  • For sandwiches you can have the New England Lobster Roll in either the traditional of in the “Connecticut” styles with fries, or you can try the Bigeye Tuna Burger, which has spicy mayonnaise with crispy onion rings.

Giving off a very comfortable vibe once you enter the place, the Water Grill is professionally managed.

4) San Francisco

San Francisco is long-known to be one of the best, if not the best, places to eat in the US.

The famous cable cars in San Francisco. The perfect way to poke around the city while you enjoy the local cuisine.

The Bay Area is another great California location to experience great restaurant meals, especially when it comes to making memorable seafood dishes.

Ichido is a Japanese seafood joint that specializes in having one-off menus and communal dining.

  • For Small Plate meals Icihdo offers the Sashimi Trio, which contains Kombujime (kelp cured), Ceviche and Hot Oil Seared Sashimi.
  • You can also try Bouqerones, which is marinated anchovies with heirloom tomatoes, ginger, smokey yuzu kasho aioli and sesame arostini.
  • A delicious entree dish would be the Fresh Nonbanzuke, which is fried fish with a citrus vinaigrette and bone chips.
  • If you like dessert then Chef Geoffrey has got you covered with Chocolate Tofu, which contains peaches, berries, shiso, honey, green tea and tangerines.

Looking for a simple sandwich joint?

Sweet Maple may be the place for you in San Francisco!

Going into Sweet Maple for their Millionaire’s Bacon alone would be a great start as it is thick bacon baked with brown sugar, cayenne, red and black peppers. The Millionaire’s Bacon is an absolute favorite among customers.

  • Panini sandwiches include the Bata, which has Applewood bacon, avocado, tomato, arugula, honey, sirachi aioli and Vermont Cheddar.
  • The Dungeness sandwich has crab, shrimp, shallot, capers, tomato, spinach, celery, cucumber wasabi aioli and Swiss American Cheese.
  • The Vermont Cheeseburger has tomato, shallot, romaine, maple syrup and white cheddar.

5) Columbus

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Columbus, Ohio–enjoy excellent dishes with a small-town city feel.

Here’s a little secret:

The Buckeye State of Ohio has its own flavor-filled restaurant food that can’t be missed!

Nada is a restaurant featuring modern Mexican cuisine. It has all the basics like guacamole, salsa, tacos, enhciladas and churros, but you should try the Durango Barbeque Pork Tacos, the Vegetable Tacos, the Cowboy Beans and the Truffle Potatoes.

If you like soups then the Chicken Tortilla Soup and the Roasted Butternut Squash Soup can fill you up. Nada also has great desserts as well such as the Butterscotch Flan and the Carmelized Vanilla Bean Cheesecake.

If you seek a true interactive dining experience, whether that be for a romantic evening, a corporate dinner party or a friendly get-together, then Columbus has The Melting Pot.

Simply described as a fondue restaurant, The Melting Pot specializes in 4 different fondue cooking styles. You can expect to see special dipping sauces, creamy cheese fondue and fresh salads on the menu, all coming in fantastic plating and presentation. The cheese fondue comes with artisan bread and seasonal vegetables.

For entree meals you have choices such as salmon, filet mignon, herb crushed chicken, barbecue pork, sesame-crusted Ahi Tuna, and honey orange duck breast, and the kicker is that you prepare the dinner in a Do It Yourself style.

There is also the chocolate fondue dessert part of the menu that can’t be excluded! Choose from flavors like White Chocolate Creme Brulee, Bourbon Pecan, Caramel Toffee Crunch or what is called the Flaming Turtle, which is milk chocolate, caramel and candied pecans flambeed in a beautiful combination.

Too Many Choices!

There are many more cities across the United States to consider for having a great restaurant meal, but these 5 cities are certainly hot spots that are well worth a look if you seek to have a genuinely satisfying experience as a foodie.

-Written by guest writer Steven Vitte

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