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Old 04-29-2015, 08:22 PM
Location: Tokyo, Japan
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Here is picture evidence of why I picked the Houston/Seattle combination for 5th over Chicago. These are all in Houston, unfortunately I am out right now and don't have my camera cable to transfer pictures online but had previously uploaded these pictures on this forum for a different thread a few years back.

This one is of a Mexican restaurant in "rough" Eastside Houston (it was Authentic Mexican too; not Tex-Mex). The restaurant is located inside a single family home. The owners do not speak any English at all or if they do, it is very minimal to just get by, as evidenced by everything on the menu being completely in Spanish. Pretty good, haven't liked any Mexican food in Chicago as much.

I'm also Southeast Asian and am a HUGE food snob when it comes to ALL Southeast Asian cuisines. I just cannot stand non-spicy places that promise that they are but are not. I cannot stand mediocre either, so am quite critical of it. This has carried on over to East Asian cuisine as well.

Here is some I have had that I have liked in Houston's International District (ignore my friends in the pictures):

I like its depth. Pretty much can get anything I am in the mood for (except for very very very good Italian, Houston only has a limited few in that category; although I don't much care for Italian either way). Then combining it with Seattle, I think both together complement each other enough to top Chicago but that's just me personally. Nothing against Chicago, but for me, "finding things" is not as simple as some other cities that are blatantly far more diverse than it pound-for-pound, but Chicago along with New Orleans remains my by far favorite "American" food city. As in for food that originates in and is catered for Americans, the local cuisine present, I mean.

Seattle brings legit Filipino, Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Ethiopian foods as well as local seafood culinary options. Houston brings all the other stuff I mentioned. Together they beat Chicago soundly, for me, at least. Individually, I would go with a three way tie of the three cities, based off my personal taste.

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Old 04-29-2015, 08:35 PM
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This is tough for me as I am such a whirlwind traveler I rarely eat more than one meal in a city.

As for the best meals I have eaten on this continent they were in Maryville TN and tiny Hot Springs NC.

For more general foodie cities I am thinking of Louisville KY; Charleston SC, Quebec Quebec. Does that make 5? If we throw out the first 2 I'll add Asheville NC and NYC as places where food is a big part of the attraction.

It sort of depends on what you are eating, doesn't it? On my KY trip I'd rate my meal in Lexington higher than the one I ordered in Louisville, but I could tell there were more and better choices available. Likewise at a highly rated food mecca outside Litchfield Conn the main course was good but not mind blowing, however the dessert was out of this world.
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Old 04-29-2015, 08:41 PM
Location: SC
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  1. Philadelphia -- Best food in the country.
  2. Wilmington NC - an incredible number and variety of restaurants
  3. Any town with a major casino -- the food at most big casinos (Ameristar in particular) is excellent.
  4. Washington DC. - Because there are people from all over the world, there are good eats (if you know where to look) from all over.
  5. Everywhere else

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Old 04-29-2015, 08:47 PM
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1. L.A.
2. Oakland
3. New Orleans
4. San Francisco
5. San Diego

Best food
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Old 04-30-2015, 10:02 AM
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Originally Posted by Chicago60614 View Post
New Orleans
New York
San Fran
Las Vegas
This would be my list but I would remove Las Vegas. Probably replace it with Philly or DC.
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Old 04-30-2015, 11:25 AM
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I haven't been to some notable West Coast Cities (SF, Portland ) but my personal favorites in no particular order are:

-Philadelphia: Fantastic restaurant scene, great gastropubs, great byobs, great Vietnamese on Washington Ave, has just about everything you could want plus great junk food/casual food like cheesesteaks and the roast pork sandwich with provolone and broccoli rabe. Great beer scene as well.

-Kansas City: I love BBQ and nowhere does it as good.

-Montreal: I have been three times and the food has been amazing everywhere I have gone. Good Bagels, good jewish delis, good ethnic food, great French food great everything.

-San Diego: Loved the beer and loved the Mexican food everything tasted very fresh.
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Old 01-19-2019, 03:44 AM
Location: wausau, wisconsin
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1.San Francisco
5. Los Angeles
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Old 01-19-2019, 05:10 AM
Location: Miami, The Magic City
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Old 01-19-2019, 05:19 AM
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Location: Washington State
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1. Seattle
2. Phoenix
3. San Diego
4. LA
5. New Orleans
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Old 01-19-2019, 08:04 AM
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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Miami - Because I LOVE ceviche, stone crabs, and South American food
Mexico City - Real Mexican food at its very best, creative and interesting. Oh, and I also LOVE mole sauce.
NYC - Their experimentation in cuisine is World leading
Los Angeles - Freshness and Healthiness
Raleigh - Eastern NC BBQ and primarily a surprising collection of diverse food options. There are actually places there that I crave.
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