Our appetite for culinary travel has expanded as quickly as our waistlines. We can’t think of a better way to experience the true essence of a destination than through its local cuisine. Large U.S. cities with diverse populations like New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago are always a haven for foodies because of their wide array of dining options. But several smaller cities are serving up some serious competition with food offerings worthy of any culinary bucket list. Here are five fabulous foodie destinations for your next unique culinary adventure.
1. Charleston, South Carolina. Charleston’s emergence as a top-tier foodie destination is no surprise to us. It has been featured on numerous Travel Channel and Food Network shows. The food traditions of the Gullah people, brought to the Carolina colony from western Africa, have given Charleston a few centuries head start on the farm-to-table trend. Today, scores of restaurants, several with James Beard awards or nominations, offer creative variations of traditional Southern and low-country cuisine that just seem to taste better in Charleston than anywhere else it might be served.
Some of the must-eat dishes found on menus throughout the city include shrimp and grits, fried …read more