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1. Posted by hayleyjayne (Budding Member, 4 posts) 17 Nov '11 04:33

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Hi guys, my partner and I are planning a trip to North America-2013, Feb/March fly out from the UK.

This is a once in a lifetime trip, were sacking in the jobs and taking the leap!

The general plan is to fly into Miami/Boston and travel the East Coast, accommodation wise we'll go for whatever is cheap, hostels & Motels, we'll also use the public transport system for this leg of the journey. The next step would be to fly over to Seattle and hire an RV visiting a few of the national parks and eventually ending up in Los Angeles to fly out and on to another country.

For this journey we have a basic route set out and also a bucket list of interests and activities we would like to achieve.

We are both "foodies" and enjoy experiencing the local cuisine that any country has to offer so the question I want to put out to the forum is what food would you recommend us to try? Also where would you recommend for us to eat? Obviously I haven't listed everywhere that we are going to visit but recommending places to eat will enable us to decide where we should stop over- if that makes sense.

Whilst were on a budget when it comes to food we would like to push the boat out occasionally so any recommendations from budget diners to Michelin start restaurants would be greatly appreciated.

I wait in anticipation for some inspirational responses!

Thanks, Hayley.

2. Posted by Yvekes (Respected Member, 266 posts) 17 Nov '11 06:33

Quoting hayleyjayne

Hi guys, my partner and I are planning a trip to North America-2013, Feb/March fly out from the UK.

2013?? Or do you mean 2012?

3. Posted by hayleyjayne (Budding Member, 4 posts) 17 Nov '11 06:36

I do mean 2013!

4. Posted by Yvekes (Respected Member, 266 posts) 17 Nov '11 06:41

2013? Oh man, that's 14/15 months of preparation... you're insane to torture yourself in such a way...

5. Posted by hayleyjayne (Budding Member, 4 posts) 17 Nov '11 06:49

Yeah, that's true, but if you spin it on it's head I have something great to focus on for saving and to look forward too!! We still might be slightly insane though!

6. Posted by Silvana_dc (Budding Member, 2 posts) 17 Nov '11 07:23

If food is your thing, you cannot miss New York City boroughs!! Among all the amazing restaurants and cuisines, when I lived in Queens, going to Flushing for dumplings in hidden underground restaurants was a weekly ritual. If you're feeling adventurous, here's a great article in the NYTs (kinda old though) with interactive map on recommended spots.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/30/dining/30flushing.html

7. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru, 1940 posts) 17 Nov '11 12:01

I think you'd be better off asking one ? at a time - it can be overwhelming to answer so many!

Now, as to the subject of food (also my favorite):

Miami - try the Cuban food

Washington DC/Baltimore - best for Blue (lumpmeat) Crab

Philadelphia - submarine sandwich heaven (cold - Italian Hoagie, hot - Cheesesteak) and German/American (Pennsylvania Dutch) foods

New York - ethnic everything, but pastrami sandwiches, bagels, pizza are supreme (Italian/American heaven)

Boston/Maine - lobster is king

Seattle/Portland - salmon in the Pacific NW

San Francisco - good Italian in North Beach and Mission Burritos in Mission District

LA/San Diego - Mexican is king

(you should really go to New Orleans for Cajun food! Nawlins is our best food city)

It can really be difficult to find good food in the States due to the proliferation of fast food and chain restaurants everywhere - I suggest consulting Chowhound for each and every location you travel to. Roadfood is also a good reference. Good luck.

Tipping in non-fast food places - 15-18% expected

Motels/hotels - way overpriced in the States - try Airbnb for good values

[ Edit: Edited on 17-Nov-2011, at 12:26 by Daawgon ]

8. Posted by hayleyjayne (Budding Member, 4 posts) 18 Nov '11 03:30

Thank you both Silvana_dc and Daawgon for the responses, it's appreciated that you've taken the time to send me some information.

Chowhound and Roadfood look like great resources, thank-you Daawgon, perfect for us as we'll be able to keep up to date with closings and openings as we've quite a while to go before we start our trip- the internet really is a great tool!

I've heard very good things about the food in New Orleans, I think it's a given that we should visit, would hate to miss out on the tantalising treats it has to offer!

I''ll definitely consider posting individual requests, maybe per state, nearer the time of our trip.

Many thanks

9. Posted by DocNY (Respected Member, 403 posts) 2 Dec '11 16:04

Hey Hayleyjayne.

So many places to visit so much food to try. What is your budget for dining?

In the Carolinas make sure to try the various forms of barbeque. Melvin's just outside of Charleston has some of the best Carolina style (mustard based), while North Carolina leans towards a vinegar based my favorites being either the Pit in Raleigh, or Parker's over in Wilson (if you weren't using public trans I'd stress go to this one).

Down in Georgia make sure to try true southern food at some place like Mrs Wilkes Dining room.

In the Chesapeake region there are tons of restaurants making great crab dishes.

If you want to offer some specific cities I'll offer some restaurant options based on my knowledge and your budget for food. :)

10. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru, 1940 posts) 2 Dec '11 20:06

Quoting DocNY

Hey Hayleyjayne.
In the Chesapeake region there are tons of restaurants making great crab dishes.)

I agree, the Lump Meat Crab (or Blue Crab) is sensational - my mom used to make Deviled Crab casserole with Lump Crab, YUM!

I need to add Chinese food to my list for San Francisco and New York (both have major Chinatowns). The other large Chinatown is in Vancouver, BC.
(Asian food in general for SF - good Vietnamese, Thai and Indian too)

[ Edit: Edited on 02-Dec-2011, at 20:10 by Daawgon ]