1. San Francisco, California Has Unforgettable Japanese Food
If you want some really authentic Japanese food, just head on over to the Western Addition neighborhood of San Francisco. There, you’ll get to try so many different kinds of delicacies and learn so much about the culture that you’ll feel like that Japanese class you took all through high school was a complete waste of time.
3. Chicago, Illinois Has Fabulous Greek Food
All that’s required to experience Greece without putting a plane ticket or a “Mamma Mia!” DVD is a neighborhood in Chicago called Greektown. It’s actually the original birthplace of the gyro (AND, coincidentally, very happy campers).
4. St. Paul, Minnesota Has Amazing Hmong Food
After the Vietnam war, people from China, Vietnam, Laos and Thailand were granted asylum in the United States and settled in California, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Today, St. Paul has the country’s largest population of Hmong people, and the cuisine’s reliance on hot pepper is the secret weapon to coping with those cold Midwestern winters (especially when Mom hasn’t had the time to send your winter coat to your dorm yet).
5. Edison, New Jersey Has Delicious Indian Food
New Jersey is famous for salt water taffy but if you’re looking for something to actually fill your stomach before a long day at the beach, the obvious choice would be some savory Indian food. And yeah, the rumors are true: it’s much more fun to fill up on curry instead of saltwater taffy.
6. Washington DC Has Authentic Ethiopian Food
In recent years, Washington DC has seen a spike in the city’s African immigrant population, and that’s why there’s an abundance of restaurants and shops owned by people from Ethiopia and other countries in our nation’s capital. So eating in D.C. is a great way to learn about Africa without having to get all those long-needled shots.
7. Milwaukee, Wisconsin Has Mindblowing German Food
Wisconsin residents are famous for their Scandinavian roots, which means family gatherings or large events aren’t complete without generous helpings of bratwurst, sauerkraut, or spaetzle (they do, after all, need lots of strength to give all those honey badgers a run for their money).
8. New Orleans, Louisiana Has Pretty Perfect Creole Food
Creole food is a mixture of French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Native American and African flavors. And what better way is there for a bachelor to prepare for a night of pre-wedding mayhem than feasting on a nice and rich bowl of jambalaya?
9. El Paso, Texas Has Incredible Mexican Food
Generally speaking, “Tex-Mex” refers a combination of southern and Mexican traditions. Cheese is of paramount importance, as are beef, pork, beans, spices and tortillas. If you happen to go to Texas and the only thing you want to do is ride a mechanical bull, your priorities are way off.
10. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Has Terrific Italian Food
Cheesesteaks and soft pretzels are delicacies in Philadelphia, but Italian food has also been popular there since Italians worked the shipyards during World War I. Nowadays, it’s known as “second dinner” for any night owls under 40.