Regional Dishes 2021

Favorite Regional Dishes

Need inspiration for your next road trip? Skip the burger and fries and sample these unique regional dishes along the way.

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Phoenix, AZ

Fry Bread at The Fry Bread House

Be sure to sample traditional fry bread that magically puffs like a pillow when it’s cooked. We recommend the signature tacos at the Fry Bread house, designated a James Beard “American Classic”.  Typically served by Native Americans at cultural events and festivals, the tradition goes back 150 years.

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Nashville, TN

Hot Chicken at Hattie B’s Hot Chicken

This jumping chicken joint is famous for a reason—the hot tenders are juicier than anything not on the bone has a right to be! Hattie B’s has four spice levels, along with plain old fried chicken, and be sure to save room for banana pudding or the mouthwatering peach cobbler.

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Milwaukee, WI

Fried Cheese Curds at Lakefront Brewery

Feast on the famous, award-winning, fried cheese curds in a batter made with Lakefront’s own beer. Then enjoy a brewery tour (maybe the best in Milwaukee!) with tasty brews and wildly entertaining guides. 

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Gainesville, FL

Cuban Sandwich at Mi Apa Latin Café

You won’t be disappointed with the classic Cubano, this version topped with plantain chips and served on bread from a local Cuban bakery. Enjoy Cuban food that is fast and affordable but also authentic and made from scratch.

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St. Louis, MO

Toasted Ravioli at Carmine’s Steak House

Also known in St. Louis as t-ravs, Carmine’s house-made ravioli is an award winning, oversized meat and spinach ravioli, lightly breaded and served with house marinara sauce and grated cheese. You’ll enjoy the elegant, but comfy, surroundings in the shadow of the Gateway Arch.

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Baton Rouge, LA

Raw Oysters at Parrain’s Seafood

If you’re in the mood to slurp down some salty goodness, hit the bar for happy hour with oysters on the half shell and stay for an overstuffed, shrimp po-boy, fried alligator or a steaming bowl of Gumbo.

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Louisville, KY

Kentucky Hot Brown at Bluegrass Brewing Company

If sourdough toast layered with thick turkey breast and smothered in mornay cheese sauce, topped with and bacon then baked until bubbly and brown sounds good to you, this is the place! Try it alongside a handcrafted brew from Louisville’s original craft brewery.

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Des Moines, IA

Loose Meat Sandwich at Maid-Rite

The most popular item on the menu, this Iowa classic is loose grind, melt-in-your mouth beef served on a soft bun. Eat it in the place that made it famous since 1926.

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Published October 30, 2021