As a full-time traveler for the past two years with a penchant for blow-your-mind amazing food, I highly suggest you add these awesome eateries to your bucket list right now.
Without further ado, here are 10 foodie spots you must hit during your travels:
1. The Shaved Duck—St. Louis, Missouri: I’ve contemplated driving back to St. Louis just for another visit to this mouthwatering assault on the senses. Everything is made from scratch. Get the three-meat plate with smoked tri-tips, burnt ends and pulled pork. Pro Tip: Arrive 15 minutes before the place opens.
2. Old Country Store—Lorman, Mississippi: Don’t freak out when you walk in. The place is antiquated and the serving area is unimpressive, but one bite of the fried chicken and you’ll understand why it’s on this list. It’s hands down the best fried chicken in the country. Pro tip: Don’t be surprised if the owner serenades you.
3. Woody’s Wood Fired Pizza—Golden, Colorado: We visited four times in two weeks. It’s that good. Imagine a wood-fired pizza buffet where you ask for anything you want on your pizza, and it’s made on the spot and served to you and the masses. Piping hot, fresh and incomparable. Pro tip: Try the beer cheese soup and dip your pizza crust in honey and olive oil.
4. Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que—Kansas City, Kansas: Joe’s has multiple locations and has won countless awards for their BBQ, but the real treat is the Z-Man sandwich. Believe it. Slow-smoked beef brisket and smoked provolone with two onion rings on a Kaiser roll … it doesn’t get any better than this. Pro tip: Hit up the original location, which is in a gas station!
5. Dick’s Drive-In—Seattle, Washington: Since 1954, Dick’s has been serving perfectly grilled, thin patty, 100% beef burgers, hand-cut fries and scrumptious shakes. Cash only. No substitutions. And at five of its six locations you have to eat in your car or standing up. With those rules, it sounds crazy that they have constant lines from 10:30 am to 2:00 am. Is it really that good? It is. Pro tip: Get the homemade tartar sauce and dip your fries in it. Thank me later.
6. Snoopy’s Pier—Corpus Christi, Texas: I’ve had the three highest-rated fish and chips in London and none of them hold a candle to what you’ll experience at Snoopy’s Pier, which has the best tasting fried fish I’ve ever put in my mouth. Pro tip: Sit outside on the deck and enjoy the Intracoastal Waterway in the summer, or sit inside by the wood-burning fire pit in the winter.
7. Harry Waugh Dessert Room at Bern’s Steak House—Y’bor City, Florida: Private, enclosed booths with music of your choice piped in, a massive selection of wine and life-changing desserts. Pro tip: Get the homemade macadamia nut ice cream. Not as fancy as some of the other selections, but everyone at our table ate my ice cream before we ordered more … after our three-course meal. Don’t judge me.
8. Din Ho Chinese BBQ—Austin, Texas: I can’t believe I’m telling you about this place. I kind of made a pact to keep this place a secret. The authentic, off-the-charts-incredible Chinese food served here will have you carrying chopsticks in your car in hopes of finding something this good again. But you won’t. Pro tip: Sesame chicken and the shrimp wonton soup. Do it.
9. Pungo Pizza and Ice Cream—Virginia Beach, Virginia: Having lived in NYC, it’s hard to admit anywhere else has good pizza, but Pungo Pizza is mind-blowingly good. Their garlic knots are the best I’ve ever had. Casual atmosphere and kid-friendly, though not much seating in this small restaurant with a hometown vibe. Pro tip: Save room for cinnamon knots for dessert.
10. Salt Lick BBQ—Driftwood, Texas: There is something special about eating at the original Salt Lick. You can’t help but roll down your windows to inhale the scrumptious BBQ aroma as you drive up. Go with the brisket and take your time. In this part of Texas, everything moves a little slower and the wait is worth every minute. Pro tip: If you ask, they’ll give you samples right off the BBQ pit, so you can decide what you’d like to order..
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Would love to hear your thoughts on any place I mentioned, or your suggestions for places you think should be on this list. Don’t hold out on me; I didn’t hold out on you. Happy dining!