Travellers Choice 2011 - Best Food & Wine Destinations

Top 10 Food & Wine Destinations in the United States
1 New Orleans, Louisiana

Breakfast in New Orleans is relatively easy: go for beignets and chicory coffee. For lunch and dinner, though, you’ll have to choose from an almost bewildering array of options, from Cajun or Creole specialties to BBQ to some of the best French food you can find outside France.

Don't miss
  • Cafe Du Monde
  • Commander's Palace
  • New Orleans School of Cooking
  • Old New Orleans Rum Distillery

2 Napa, California
 
Everyone knows Napa as a wine destination, and it lives up to the hype. This is oenophile heaven, and you could spend days going from tasting room to tasting room. There’s a flourishing restaurant scene, too, featuring everything from Michelin-starred standouts to tiny local bistros.

Don't miss:
  • Napa Valley Wine Train
  • Mustards Grill
  • O'Brien Estate Winery
  • Vintner's Collective
3 Chicago, Illinois
View of the Chicago River
Chicago has high-end, world-famous restaurants like Alinea, the temple of molecular gastronomy where you might find yourself “sucking hibiscus jelly, tapioca balls and vanilla creme fraiche out of a cigar,” as one TripAdvisor traveler wrote. But it’s also famous for hot dogs and deep-dish pizza. In short—no matter your budget, this is a perfect foodie town. 

Don't miss
  • Lou Malnati's Pizzeria - River North
  • Portillo's Hot Dogs
  • Chicago Food Planet Food Tours
  • Foodie & The Feast
3 Charleston, South Carolina
 
If you’re craving homestyle Southern food, Charleston is a great place to get it. Try she-crab soup, fried green tomatoes, ham biscuits and benne wafers—and be sure to leave room for dessert. Anything made with fresh local peaches is a safe bet.

Don't miss
  • Muse Restaurant & Wine Bar
  • Social Restaurant + Wine Bar
  • Charleston Cooks! Maverick Kitchen Store
  • The Original Pub Tour of Charleston
4 San Francisco, California
The Golden Gate Bridge 
No doubt about it—San Francisco is a foodie town. Visitors can explore Chinatown, take a gourmet food–focused walking tour, splurge on the tasting menu at Restaurant Gary Danko (currently ranked #1 on TripAdvisor) or sample your way through the Ferry Building Marketplace… it doesn’t get much better than this.
Don't miss
  • Restaurant Gary Danko
  • Boudin Sourdough Bakery & Cafe
  • Ferry Building Marketplace
  • Green Dream Tours - Wine Country Tour Specialist 
6 New York City, New York
Dusk from the Top of the Rock
Name a food, any food—you can get it somewhere in NYC. In fact, foodies often plan their entire NYC itinerary around eating. Dim sum in Chinatown? A neighborhood food tour? Coal-fired pizza? Dinner at the latest hot spot? The choice is yours.

Don't miss
  • Chelsea Market
  • Scott's Pizza Tours
  • Shake Shack - Madison Square Park
  • Casellula Cheese and Wine Cafe
7 Savannah, Georgia
Forsyth park. 
Visit Savannah for amazing BBQ, shrimp and grits, shad roe, boiled peanuts, oysters and much, much more… all served up with gracious Southern hospitality. As befits a college town, there’s also a lively bar scene.

Don't miss
  • The Olde Pink House
  • Wiley's Championship BBQ
  • 700 Kitchen Cooking School
  • Creepy Crawl Haunted Pub Tour

8 Santa Fe, New Mexico
Chilies, Chilies everywhere! 
We hope you like chili peppers, as you’ll encounter a lot of them (of both the green and red varieties) in Santa Fe. For a taste of real New Mexican cuisine, try posole (a spicy corn stew) and sopapillas (fried pastries—they can be savory or sweet).

Don't miss
  • Galisteo Bistro & Wine Bar
  • Food Tour New Mexico
  • Santa Fe Farmers Market
  • Chocolate Smith
9 Las Vegas, Nevada
paris hotel/effeil tower las vegas 
Think beyond cheapo all-you-can-eat buffets. Nowadays, Las Vegas’ high-end casinos feature restaurants from some of the world’s most celebrated chefs. You’ll also find plenty of old-school steakhouses and a slew of breakfast joints. After all, if you’ve stayed up all night playing blackjack, you’ve got to eat somewhere, right?

Don't miss
  • La Cave
  • Twin Creeks
  • Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
10 Asheville, North Carolina
 Beautiful Beaver Lake 
If you’re into eating locally and supporting sustainable agriculture, go to Ashville—and eat, eat, eat. This town of less than 100,000 people has 17 farmers’ markets, and the local restaurant scene is all about taking advantage of seasonal produce. And don’t miss the area’s microbreweries.

Don't miss
  • Western North Carolina Farmers Market
  • Bistro at Biltmore Estate Winery
  • Asheville Food Tours
  • Battery Park Book Exchange and Champagne Bar

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