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Trip List by JenC-7

Best food cities in the U.S. and Canada

Feb 14, 2008  
4.0 of 5 stars based on 11 votes

  • 1. New York City
    New York City, New York

    The best pizza outside of Italy is at the old school places like Lombardi's, Grimaldi's and Patsy's. I love all the different ethnic cuisines you can get in NYC... And the Jewish delis are the best for killer pastrami sandwiches. Manhattan also is home to my favorite restaurant in the U.S., Mario Batali's Lupa in Greenwich Village. It feels more like a Roman trattoria than some actual Roman trattorias!

  • 2. Montreal
    Montreal, Quebec

    In addition to having great French bistros, there's the smoked meat, poutine (who wouldn't love french fries covered in melted cheese curds and gravy?), and the best bagels in North America!

  • 3. Chicago
    Chicago, Illinois

    Great hot dogs, Italian beef sandwiches, and a completely different style of pizza than New York's. Chicago is a huge melting pot so you can also get really good ethnic food here, particularly Greek, Mexican, and Polish.

  • 4. New Orleans
    New Orleans, Louisiana

    Beignets, muffaletta sandwiches, po'boys... Not to mention fantastic Creole & Cajun food.

  • 5. San Francisco
    San Francisco, California

    The best Asian food in the U.S., great Italian food in North Beach, and of course Ghirardelli chocolate!

  • 6. Las Vegas
    Las Vegas, Nevada

    In the last five or six years the food scene in Vegas has improved dramatically. Almost every big-time chef has at least one restaurant here. While these "outposts" typically aren't as good as the originals, it's still amazing to see all these high caliber restaurants in one city. Even the infamous Las Vegas buffets have improved greatly, and some are actually now quite good.

  • 7. Boston
    Boston, Massachusetts

    Boston's North End is my favorite "Little Italy" in North America. Plus, if you love seafood New England can't be beat, especially for lobster and clam chowder.

  • 8. Portland
    Portland, Oregon

    While Portland doesn't have signature foods like Chicago, New Orleans, Montreal, or New York, it does have some of the best fresh ingredients in North America. Almost everything that is delicious is grown locally... All sorts of berries, nuts, and just about every vegetable imaginable. Oregon is famous for its wild game and salmon as well. It also helps to have great drink to go with the food. Portland has the reputation of being one of the best cities in America for microbreweries, and the Willamette Valley wine country (which produces world class Pinot Noir) is just a short distance from the city.

  • 9. Toronto
    Toronto, Ontario

    This is a great food city along the same lines as New York or Chicago, it's a big melting pot of cultures and cuisines. I love the Greek food in the Danforth area, and there are also many great Italian and Portuguese restaurants in the Little Italy neighborhood.

  • 10. Miami
    Miami, Florida

    Two words: Cuban sandwich!!!