With Thanksgiving less than a week away, I thought I would take a look at some of the best foods I have eaten in the USA.
Mexican – New York (El Centro) & South Florida
Mexican is my favourite cuisine; I think I’m yet to try a Mexican dish that I don’t like. On my first day in the city after I moved to New York, I was taken to a quirky, little Mexican place called El Centro. It was, and still is, the best Mexican food I have ever tasted. I’m sure everything is delicious but I recommend the quesadillas, as well as the Baja shrimp and the skirt steak tacos.
El Centro is my favourite Mexican restaurant but South Florida has many great Mexican spots. Lime Fresh and Tijuana Flats are great places to grab a burrito bowl, and of course Chipotle, which can be found all over the country. If you are looking for an evening meal with a group of friends, I Love Tacos is the place to head; their mole sauce is delicious!
Sushi – California (Ozumo)
Me, myself and I have a constant battle between Mexican and Japanese, as I love them both. I ate at Ozumo in San Francisco and then again in LA (Santa Monica), because it was extremely satisfying to my taste buds! I am always open to trying new dishes; luckily we were brought here by locals, so I was happy to let them order. Ozumo has some of the best sushi I have ever tasted. I tried unagi here for the first time, which I loved; I don’t think we ordered anything that was not fantastic.
Italian – New York (Arthur Avenue) & Virginia (Giorgio’s)
When I was interning in New York we were all taken to Dominick’s on Arthur Avenue by a colleague. Arthur Avenue is what many New Yorker’s call ‘the real Little Italy’, and Dominick’s is one of Hank’s favourite restaurants. I can certainly see why; it has a warm feel when you walk inside and you quickly see that it’s very family orientated – very Italian. The artichoke dip is to die for and the chicken parmigiana is amazing. There is also a bakery round the corner that sells the most delicious cannoli, so make sure you go to Gino’s Pastry Shop for desert!
Whilst doing a school exchange I was lucky enough to visit Giorgio’s in Woodbridge, VA. Just like Dominick’s this is a family restaurant that provides friendly service and tasty food. For me Italian food is all about simple but delicious family meals and that is exactly what Giorgio’s offers. Situated in a small town, Giorgio’s is even more welcoming because everyone knows each other. If you happen to be in Woodbridge, definitely check it out.
Crab Cakes – Maryland
I am a big seafood lover, so when I visited Baltimore I just had to try some famous Maryland Crab Cakes. There is a reason they’re famous – they are a taste sensation! Our Crab Cakes were served in a white roll with tartar sauce, and a side salad. If you love fish, especially crab, and you are in Maryland it would be a sin not to try these; even the locals devour them. I am a big believer in seeing a destination through the eyes of the locals, but I also like to try the traditional items, which makes Maryland Crab Cakes perfect!
Philly Cheesesteak – Philadelphia (Jim’s Steaks)
My Mum and I headed to Philadelphia with some recommendations from a local, and Jim’s Steaks was one of them. Enjoying a Philly Cheesesteak was top of my list (along with the Liberty Bell), and if a local said to go to Jim’s, then Jim’s it was! You can have your steak many different ways but make sure to get it with onions and cheese whiz.
There are so many places to grab a Cheese Steak that it’s hard to know which place to try; luckily we have the internet now to give us handy tips. Pat’s King of Steaks brands itself as the original Cheese Steak, which makes it a very popular place for hungry Philadelphians and tourists. Geno’s Steaks also gets a good write up, and is right across the road from Pat’s.
Steak – Texas (Taste of Texas)
This is without a doubt the best steak I have ever had. I love a good steak but I rarely order them in restaurants that are not specifically steak restaurants, as I don’t find them as well cooked. Being a steak restaurant I knew that Taste of Texas would deliver a good steak! I opted for the fillet steak with no sauce; I prefer to taste the flavours of the meat on its own. We also ordered some vegetable side dishes to share. After ordering we were taken through to the kitchen, where you can see all of the steaks in the fridge and you choose the exact steak that you want! This is a great concept, as it makes doubly sure that customers will be satisfied with their meal. There is a salad bar buffet that diners can help themselves to; it has a great selection of cold salad items.