Some places you visit for the weather, others you go to for the culture and the sightseeing but most places, at least in my opinion, you visit for the FOOD.
If you’re a foodie like me, you’ve probably already been to the well-known food havens in America like New Orleans for that Creole Bayou filling or Chicago for some deep-dish. Surprisingly, the more popular places aren’t the only cities that are on the brink of becoming a foodie destination. I’ve found so many underrated cities with an incredible food scene that are slowly surfacing as a destination to travel to.
Here are 3 Up & Coming Foodie Destinations in the U.S.:
St. Louis, Missouri
I’ve lived within driving distance of this city my whole life and, since my husband’s family hails from there, it’s a place we’ll most likely be visiting in the future but… I have never been! And I’m dying to go for the food.
When most people hear of a city recommendation in the midwest USA, they assume it’ll be boring with nothing to offer but that couldn’t be more untrue for St. Louis, especially for the food scene. Multiple incredible vegetarian restaurants, like Vicia, are serving up foods that go beyond that midwest heavy fried favorites. Check out the hipster brunch spots for delicious cocktails and variations on your favorite breakfast foods.
Asheville, North Carolina
After my brother made a visit to this city, I knew it was a place I’d have to go too. Asheville is well known for being a cultural hub in North Carolina, filled with some amazing art galleries and museums. With all of that southern charm, the great food scene is usually overlooked. There are a lot of new restaurants in Asheville, NC serving cuisine from around the world like Cuba or Ecuador. If you’re a craft beer enthusiast, you should also pay a visit to the Sierra Nevada taproom while you’re there.
Are you a seafood buff? Then Olympia is the place for you. Offering a year round farmers market supplying local restaurants with fresh produce and seafood, Olympia’s cuisine is always fresh. The culinary scene is centered around a food hall just a few blocks away from the farmers market which offers some of the city’s best food destinations like the Bread Peddler and Dillinger’s, a bank robbery themed restaurant and bar where you can have a drink inside a bank vault. One of the best things about Olympia has got to be the prices. It has all of the benefits of other popular food destinations like Seattle or Portland, but it doesn’t have the large price tag. That may change in the near future as it is gaining popularity as a destination for food lovers, but for now, you can get incredible food and drink at affordable prices.
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