The best food cities could be in places you never dream about. Then again, you would be fortunate to live where they serve some of the most enticing dishes in the world!
If you have traveled outside your residence or country, you are bound to have found great places for the best foods. Traveling gives you a sense of freedom to explore and discover new things, and the food is one of them. To really feel the culture of a country, you must taste the food.
Whether you want to try the best breakfasts, dinners, desserts or afternoon snack, there are cities known for specific food. There is a place for each food, and it usually comes in the form of the country’s traditional dish, or a long time favorite. No surprises there!
Set out in this article are places you should go for breakfast, dinner, and desserts. The list can be endless, we’re narrowing it down to eleven of the best food cities I have experienced, a few repeated more than once!
9Best food cities are anywhere in Jamaica
From Kingston to Ocho Rios, travel to Jamaica for your Ackee and Saltfish! It is worth it! I have tasted the best Ackee and Saltfish in Jamaica.
Not surprising, it’s their traditional dish and the natural saltiness of the fish and the distinct taste of the Ackee fruit leaves your mouth watering for more. For those of you who don’t know, Ackee is a fruit.
The unopened pods of the fruit are toxic and can lead to death, but have no fear! Once the fruits are ready to be picked, the fruits are extracted from the open pods and the pods are discarded; the fruits are cleaned of their seeds and are ready to be cooked.
They are an acquired taste, but believe me when I say the mixture of the Ackee and Saltfish gives an everlasting taste of Jamaica and their food.
The salt cod is soaked overnight to eliminate most of its salt and then sautéed with boiled Ackee, onions, Scotch Bonnet peppers, tomatoes and spices such as black pepper and pimiento.
The tastiness of both the Ackee and the salt fish combined gives an excellent start to the day, but can be eaten at any time of the day!
The meal usually comes with a side of breadfruit, hard dough bread, dumplings, fried plantain or boiled green bananas to make sure that you are full of life and energy to start your day, or of course, start your evening!
8Best food cities for eggs – Oregon, USA
Yes, eggs are a classic savory breakfast! My recommendation to find the best eggs for breakfast travel to a café that specializes in eggs and only eggs! I found one several years ago on my travels. Egg River Café in Hood River Oregon, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.
Egg River Café is always busy and you will have to wait in a line to get a table, but believe me, it is worth it! Their specialty is eggs for breakfast with a range of choices. You will not be disappointed.
Once you leave, you will be satisfied with how fresh, exciting and interesting the choices you can select from. There is something for everyone to choose from. Most of all, the staff are friendly and always hope you come again soon!
Nothing tops a full English breakfast after a night out on the town. Filled with sausage, hash browns, eggs, and Heinz beans, it is a great way to start your day after a night out, or your weekend after a lie in.
England is known for their Heinz beans – beans in tomato sauce, and a full English breakfast without beans is not an English breakfast!
7Best food cities for sweet breakfast crêpes – Francea
Crêpes are the world’s best food dish. It’s a type of pancake served warm or cold and originates from France. Everybody knows the French can cook up a spectacular simple meal, with little or no ingredients! Crêpes are traditionally made from wheat flour or buckwheat flour, milk and eggs.
The thinness of the batter is what makes a crêpe a crêpe. It can be served with a variety of sweet or savory fillings, but this light sweet breakfast can also be eaten as a dessert.
Favorite toppings are Nutella, sugar, maple syrup, golden syrup, lemon juice, whipped cream, fruit spreads, custard, and of course, sliced soft fruits or confiture.
6Best food cities — Rhode Island
French toast is also known as eggy bread and in other cultures, it has other names. Surprisingly, given the name, in France it is rarely served as a breakfast, but rather as a dessert and an afternoon snack.
This is a very popular breakfast in Rhode Island, USA. The bread is soaked in milk then in beaten eggs and then fried. The combination of flavors allows the dish to be either sweet or savory.
Most commonly, it is served with sugar, jam, honey, fruit and warm maple syrup. It may not seem like a filling dish, but the combination of the bread and toppings is enough to give you the boost you need for your day.
Best food cities for French Toast in Hong Kong
In Hong Kong, the dish is made by deep-frying the sliced bread dipped in beaten egg, and served with butter and topped with golden syrup. It usually comes made as a sandwich with a sweet filling and typically served in tea-houses.
Best Food Cities for dinner?
5All choices – Sienna, Tuscany, and Italy
Fans of gelato, pasta, parmesan cheese, Prosciutto, mushrooms, wine, coffee and the finest foods, should travel to Italy. You can have 3 or 5-course meals, sampling the best foods of the region and country. Tuscany is a region in central Italy and its capital is Florence.
The views are breathtaking, wineries exquisite, and the food classic. This Italian region provides the best of everything in various locations, but the places to go are Tore Del Largo, Lucca and of course the serene Sienna, located in central Italy’s Tuscany region.
This walled city has everything within a few feet of each other. You will be amazed by the prices for the value that you get. Gelato is cheap, numerous flavors and stores located everywhere!
The coffee is fresh, and never served to go! Wine is made just outside the walls and the wine you buy is inexpensive but excellent quality.
4Sichuan cuisine – Chengdu or Beijing China
This style of Chinese cuisine is for those who like hot and spicy. It is one of my favorite Chinese cuisines.
Sichuan comes from the Sichuan province in southwestern China and the flavors of garlic, chili peppers as well as the unique flavor of the Sichuan pepper, make it a bold and exciting dish.
A chili hot pot is an excellent choice to start with for those who have never tried Sichuan cuisine. Having a hot pot allows you to cook the food you want with the raw foods and the hot broth at the center of your table.
You will not be disappointed with the taste of the broth in a Sichuan hot pot.
3Best food cities for fish and chips – England
London is known for their fish and chips. There is nowhere else you can find excellent fish and chips than in England. When you find the best place, stick with it. They are good at what they do!
2Best food cities for Bangers and Mash – London
London is one of the best food cities in Europe, best known for bangers and mash. Simply put, bangers and mash consists of sausages and mashed potato topped and overloaded with gravy.
It’s perfect after a day watching football (soccer), and an excellent dinner if you are preparing for a night out of pub crawling or clubbing! It will keep you locked in until the morning – when you need a full English Breakfast to cure your hangover! (See above!)
I save the sweetest for last…
Best food cities for desserts?
1I only have one place – France
The French are masters of pâtisseries. Anywhere in Paris, Lyon, Marseille, South of France, you will find what you need. The finesse of the French culinary skills gives you everything you want from pistachio financiers, macarons, and crème brûlée to name a few leaves you wanting more. The price you pay is priceless!
Best food cities conclusion
With all this said, if you cannot travel, find a truly international city like London or New York, and you are bound to find any of the above. But from my own experience, nothing compares to eating in the country that is known for making that food!
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