We’re always thinking about where to head to in search of incredible food. Where have you been or where’s on your bucket list to visit JUST for the amazing food? And what’s the food scene like there?

Full countries or specific cities.

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  1. strangehamburger

    I might be a bit biased as a former Texan myself but the Dallas-Fort Worth (Texas) area is foodie heaven. There is a tried and true mom and pop BBQ joint in every town and the locals will swear them to the bitter end. The Mexican food is to die for, and so is just about everything else. I really miss it.

  2. Luik

    Not exactly food destinations, but I have a couple of food experiences that I still ruminate on from time to time years later. Warning: what follows is a detailed description by an educated palate (not).

    1) Tsukiji fish market, Tokyo, Japan, 2017. One of the stalls there sold fresh oysters, self seasoned with rice vinegar, soy sauce and chili oil. I got 1. It was huge. Just this year alone I’ve thought about it like 20 times. In general, Japan was delicious and fresh. Except that one kids ramen that was the worst ramen I’ve ever eaten (including rancid Russian instant noodles) and only ordered because I wanted to order something by clicking on a picture despite not being at all hungry.

    2) Viljandi, Estonia. It was during a folk festival, at about 1 am a donut food truck opened its doors to people hungry for more than music. It’s a much slimmer kind of donut than you usually find (https://nami-nami.ee/retsept/119/soorikud for reference), fresh, warm, dusted with powdered sugar and crispy on the outside, soft in the middle. I paid for 4 donuts, got 4 donuts and a lifelong disappointment in all other donuts.

    3) Hiiumaa, Estonia. It was during a home café festival (it’s a thing). A bed and breakfast offered some cakes, coffee and a smoked lamb salad. My mum ordered the lamb salad for herself, I don’t remember what I got, because she then let me taste the salad and upon my enthusiasm also let me eat most of it (as a sort of I love you in the form of a salad). I don’t remember what else came in the salad besides these perfect thin slices of smoked lamb. It was divine. As a crime against humanity they don’t even have a restaurant, maybe you can beg for the salad if you stay the night.

  3. hfjackson99

    I was recently on holiday in a small town called Sutri, north of Rome, in Italy. This town has such an amazing selection of restaurants I felt spoiled for choice. However, there was one that really stood out for me: I believe it is called Cantina del Drago. It has recipes cooked from the locally sourced ingredients, with a wonderful setting of being based in the garden and ground floor of a Palazzo.

  4. TomTom

    So here we go:
    Cape Town, South Africa:
    You can eat it all from your Burgers and chicken´t European to African cuisines including local specials like “Cape Malay” food and go and find a local to get invited to a Braai (BBQ).

    Argentina:
    You haven´t seen a Pizza like that! (Yes their meats/BBQs are awesome, but we all know that!)

    Cuba:
    Find a dish called Ropa Vieja (sort of pulled meats)

    Sri Lanka:
    For more exotic curries than your average indian…

    Reunion Island:
    Wasp-Curry

  5. signal2182

    Others have already said it, but New Orleans is across the board amazing. Just getting a muffuletta sandwich from a corner grocery will rival the best things you’ve ever had. (But go in-season for the crawfish etouffee! March – June)

  6. LaurMidori

    Oahu’s food culture is super diverse and exotic given that Hawaii is a pan-pacific melting pot of culture.

    House of Wong is an amazing Chinese restaurant that is as authentic as you can get. I have a friend whose parents are from China, and this is one of their favorite places to go out to eat. One of my favorites is their jellyfish.

    Nico’s Pier 38 was started by two fishermen and a French born chef. They serve the freshest of fresh fish that showcases some of Hawaii’s finest dishes. They have different menus depending on the time of day, but I’ve never once left disappointed. They also have live entertainment, so that’s always a plus.

    You also need to try malasadas, poi glazed doughnuts, and andagi.

    Malasadas are basically Portuguese doughnuts covered in sugar. You need to go to Leonard’s Malasadas. It’s an island staple. They have variations, like ones cover in cinnamon sugar or ones filled with different custards. My favorite is the original, and I always tell people to try those first, then try the others if they feel like it.

    Now, after you go to Leonard’s, you need to go to Kamehameha Bakery for some poi glazed doughnuts. Poi is basically taro that has been cooked and mashed. They put this into a doughnut that is similar to the malasada, but instead of coating it in sugar after it’s fried, they glaze it. The poi gives it a unique chew. Warning, they sell out fast, so you need to go as soon as they open, if not before.

    Now finally on this list, I present to you andagi. Andagi are (and I use plural because you can’t just eat one!) Okinawan “doughnut holes” that are quite dense. For these the only place I ever buy them are from Da Andagi Guy. Now, they don’t have a storefront, but you can always catch them in front of the Waipahu Don Quijote (it’s a Japanese grocery store) on Sundays, Mondays, and Wednesdays. Now, they have two variations, cinnamon sugar or plain. Again, I always tell people to go for the original first. When you get them they’re always hot and at $2 a dozen, they’re a bargain!

    Hawaii has so much amazing food that you’ll need to try if you ever get the chance that I have no specific location recommendations for. You definitely need to try classic Hawaiian dishes like laulau, which is pork and/or fish steamed in taro leaves, or kalua pig, which is Hawaiian style pulled pork that is traditionally cooked in a giant pit in the ground. We also have a fish auction where all the local restaurants get their fresh fish from. That might be an interesting experience.

    I’m not sure how big the Sorted community is over here, but if you ever do come, I’m sure I and any other Sorted fan would be happy to put on a local style hangout.

    • LaurMidori

      Adding to this, because I just remembered more places to go, huli huli chicken. You need to go to Mike’s. They don’t have a storefront, but it’s not exactly a food truck.

      Also, and I have no clue how I forgot this, you need to try REAL poke. Not the stuff Jaime make during the Ultimate Seafood Battle. I heard Ahi Assassins is really good.

  7. OntDaan

    I just came back from Lisbon last week. The food there is amazing!
    Pastries like pastel de nata, a lot of fish and octopus (polvo a lagareiro), vinho verde and Ginjinha (cherry liquor), sandwiches like bifanas, and good sausages. Its all so so good.
    The Portugese seem to love their food. Our guide gave us the best tip for finding the best restaurants: find the men with a big belly and a moustache. If there’s one in the restaurant you are walking into, the food will probably be good.

  8. SammiJMB

    I definitely think you should come to Cardiff – you’ve done England and Scotland, so now it’s time to complete the mainland trio and come West! 🙂

    I have several recommendations, including ‘The Clink’, a non-profit restaurant attached to HMP Cardiff and staffed by inmates as part of their rehabilitation programme. I’ve heard you have to book in advance, and colleagues who’ve been were very impressed. Plus, a ten minute walk from there is a steakhouse where you can eat in a booth designed to look like a Dalek! I took my son there for his sixteenth birthday, and the food was lovely.

  9. Irish Fluffy

    I would recommend the South-West of France, especially Pyrénees-Atlantique where you have Béarn and Basque cuisine!! This is where you get ingredients like Jambon de Bayonne & Ossau-Iraty cheese and recipes like garbure, pintxos & gateau basque (a version of which ye tried in Paris, here it’s also made with other flavours, especially cherries. Pau, Bayonne & Biarritz have many associations with England, especially in the 19th century as many English people came here on holiday, most famously Edward VII. Maybe that can be a theme some day, comparing the food & holiday destinations of today with those of the past?

    • Irish Fluffy

      This is also where berets are made, the oldest golf course in mainland Europe and the Pau Grand Prix.

  10. Jonesygirl

    You should drop into Vancouver, British Columbia! We are home to Canada’s top Farm to Table restaurant Nightingale Restaurant, and the creation of the California Sushi Roll from Hidezaku Tojo!

    There’s also some damn good fried chicken being offered at the Down Low Chicken Shack! There is also an added bonus of Vancouver being my hometown!

    We also have some of the most beautiful scenery around! Sea to sky in two hours!

  11. Copenhagen, Denmark! A foodie’s paradise! Spent a week in April on holiday. Usually lose weight because we walk everywhere….not this time! So much amazing food to eat. And so easy to find! All those Michelin star eateries raise the bar for the entire food scene in Copenhagen. I could go on and on…..

  12. csmsabean

    Top two from where I’ve been are Japan and the South of France (good beef and fresh seafood is an easy way to my heart). We spent a month in Japan for our honeymoon, and I don’t think there was a single meal that wasn’t divine – post our trip to Japan our diet has changed a lot as we were really inspired by the food culture there!

    For those on my to go list, the list is pretty long! Spain, Portugal, Morocco, Thailand, and Vietnam I’d say are my top 5.

  13. SilentOwl

    You guys should deffinatly check out Melbourne. We have the best foodie culture in Australia.
    There are the summer and winter night markets at the Queen Victoria Market, not to mention the various other foodie festivals such as the Good Food and Wine festival.

    Melbourne has some of the best food and dining experiences in Australia with our vibrant mix of different cultures (whose history is actually pretty cool as well and I could easily go on a tangent about but will resist). In short though, our foodie expirences are a mix of gold rush migration, turn of the century coffee houses culture and then the post WW1 migration which has seen Melbourne develope a number of specifically foodie based parts of Melbourne.

    There are so many awesome places to check out down here in Australia’s cultural hub.

    Plus, kangaroo is now appearing more wildly on the menu at resturants and becoming more easily available to cook yourself. It’s an awesome meat you deffinatly need to try and learn more about!

    Come to Melbourne!

  14. Marikg31

    Street food in India!! Italy! The food varies from region to region. BBQ! (In the US of course). New Orleans!!! The Cajun food and the seafood are amazing. If you’ve never been to New Orleans I highly recommend it.

  15. Lmrocha726

    Not exactly what you asked for, but I live near/work in San Francisco and have to recommend it – I know you’ve visited before, but there are SO many great restaurants that it would definitely be worth a second trip. Personal favorites are:

    Little Gem – through and through “California-style” restaurant
    Nopalito – traditional Mexican with a sort of sunny California air about it (definitely not a Mission-style burrito type of place)
    Dosa on Valencia – the best Indian food I’ve ever eaten
    Bursa in West Portal – the best Turkish/Mediterranean food I’ve ever eaten

    Some extra places to go because they’re weird and, I mean, it’s SF (mostly bars…):
    Smuggler’s Cove – you’ll feel like you’re in the Pirates of the Caribbean Disneyland ride
    Bourbon & Branch – unadvertised, unmarked speakeasy with prohibition vibes which requires a reservation and password to get into the private bar
    Tommy’s Joynt – totally not my style, but, um…interesting
    Sushirrito – sushi burrito…
    Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar – totally cheesy over-the-top tiki bar

  16. ee_davis

    I’m really exited about exploring different food cultures in Europe! However, unlike the really awesomely informative people on this forum, not because I have any favourite places, but because I’ve never explored it.

    I’m embarking on a new graduate degree that has me travelling all across Europe, starting in the Netherlands, so I’m excited to learn more about local food traditions and home cooking. But most of all, I’m excited for the food I grew up on, Slavic, from the tradition of Serbia, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria and more.

    It features a different paprika than y’all probably prefer at sorted, but I’m excited to really get to see the diversity of the food there and how it differs from the home cooking I grew up on.

    I’m looking forward to wherever you guys go next!

  17. sarah.mayfield

    I realize you’ve been all over the US, but maybe if you’re looking for a trip in September, you could try all of the Food on a Stick at the Minnesota State Fair?

  18. KaylaBurke_818

    It’s time you boys hit the Southern Hemisphere and check out Sydney!

    The cafe culture in Australia is something else and as a multi cultural country, you can find every single cuisine you can think of. Nothing beats a good pub feed too!

    • chuga49

      Totally agree – there’s so much diversity in food across the different parts of Sydney, it’s definitely worth a visit. And, if it is seriously on the cards, I’m sure fellow Sydney-siders can whip up an itinerary that’ll make you boys salivate!

  19. KristenEsser

    A bit biased but a sleeper hit of an area is Boston, Somerville, Brookline, and Cambridge Massachusetts. While technically four different cities, they’re all connectes under one transit system and super walkable/bike-able. Everyone is so distracted by the food scene in New York that they never venture a little more north to try out some excellent spots.

    Boston itself has most of the big name and fancier places- think fusions of different cultures and trendy unique restaurant spaces. A couple examples off the top of my head- Citrus and Salt, Saltie Girl, Row 34. A lot of amazing seafood places, especially oysters and lobster rolls. There are some smaller gems too though. A ton of microbreweries if you’re into the craft beer (and cider) scene. Craft cocktails are starting to pick up around here too.

    I haven’t been out to Brookline as much, but its definitely a neighborhood with a lot of smaller but super good (and locally owned!) places. I know there’s a killer Korean place out that way, and the whole neighborhood is very pretty and very walkable.

    Cambridge (and Somerville too) is the place to find super good food at pretty low key places. A lot of vegetarian/vegan focused places here as the hippie and environmentally friendly vibe is stronger here than in Boston. A couple examples- Veggie Galaxy and Clover (a fast-casual regional chain that absolutely delicious and super focused on sustainability and workers rights). Ice Cream is king here. So many ice cream places with unique amazing flavors, and they all taste different.

    Somerville shares a lot similar things to Cambridge since they border each other and very much meld together. But to me, Somerville is the place to find amazing ethnic food in the area. There’s a great mix of Brazilian, Portuguese, Korean, Chinese, Thai, Japanese, French, Italian, Mexican, you name it, Somerville probably has it. A growing number of famous chef-y people are opening more affordable versions of their restaurants in Boston out here in Somerville, so you don’t have to save up a months paycheck for a night out. I’ve only moved here super recently (about 3.5 months ago) so I haven’t explored a ton of Somerville yet, but a couple of places I’ve gone to are Momi Nonmi (Japanese Hawaiian cuisine), Juliet (French, although influenced from a lot of cultures), and Yumi Wo Katare (one of the best ramen places I’ve ever been). Breweries are also a thing here, and they’re frankly amazing.

    A lot of the bars around all these cities serve local craft brews on tap, even the old fashioned Irish pubs. A lot of them are elevating their food as well.

    I’ve barely scratched the surface of the scene here, and I haven’t even mentioned how the suburbs at the end of the transit lines have some amazing food for just a bit longer on the train. The food scene is always changing here too, if anyone happens to stop by I’d love to show you around!

  20. Phaerlock

    Wet Markets in Malaysia are another good start for local foods and you can find many stalls showcasing the local foods.
    Netflix Australia currently has Jason’s Market Trails which is all about the local foods to be found.

  21. theanita1

    Melbourne, Australia

    slightly biased, but whenever I go home I’m amazed by the food scene – and it’s not just the CBD but throughout the suburbs and for all kinds of meals and cuisines.

    • theanita1

      here are some of my favourites but this is no way near exhaustive;

      – Burnetti’s
      – Innocent Bystander
      – The Hatter and the Hare
      – Gelato Messina
      – Rita’s Cafeteira
      – Queen Vic night market
      – Three Bags Full
      – Seven Seeds
      – Friends of Mine
      – Red Hill Estate

      mmm, now I’m hungry and homesick!

    • Phaerlock

      As a fellow Melbournite. I couldn’t agree more.

      Seven Seeds for coffee. Don’t go elsewhere.

      Zomato releases a list monthly in newsletter format. Just now there’s a bunch of Japanese Fusion/Traditional places open. More Korean and other Asian places.

      We have English and UK themed pubs, Irish galore.

      I’m on the outer suburbs under the shade of a mountain and we have Thai, Vietnamese and Japanese traditional places here, not to mention the western Chinese/Asian/EU stuff.

      Bucket list wise. You’ve already been to Dubai, Would love to visit Northern India, Hong Kong, Singapore but the main bucket list for my partner and I.

      Japan and Tokyo.
      Mostly the cities outside of the typical touristy. Nagoya, etc. Take the bullet train to Hiroshima.
      Then pay my respects to where my family got our Wartime dose of Rads cleaning up the city as part of the BCOF of Japan.

      • Annie1962

        I thought you called yourselves Melbournians.

        But agree – Come to Australia you guys

        best time is late Spring say Novemberish. South West Australia is awesome too

  22. Irina

    Chiang Mai is my place, mainly because of khao soi, it’s an incredible dish which Thai cooks usually don’t export because North Thailand is not that touristic, I guess, and in Thai restaurants they usually serve the most popular dishes like pad Thai of Tom yam gung.

    Khao soi is a curry dish based on a mix of 2 different curry. Usually it is made with chicken, but beef version is really good too. Khao soi has sweet and spicy curry soup, tender chicken thigh, boiled noodle and crispy fried noodle on top. It’s served with shallot, lime and pickles mustard leaves. It is insanely harmonic, probably the best dish I’ve tried in my life. When I go to Chiang Mai first few days I eat only khao soi but in different places.

  23. daisytje

    Singapore, hands down. So much amazing food in such a small space. There used to be this guy with his tiny wooden hand pulled cart selling the most amazing red bean ice cream – one of my favourite childhood memories. Second would be Malacca in Malaysia. Street food stalls are the best. Go on a fishing boat and cook on a kelong with a fisherman after they’ve made their catch. Third would be eating freshly cooked crab fished 1 hour earlier on Kata Beach in Phuket.

    Or would love to see you guys do South Korean food. Anything Asian, basically!

  24. LTJD

    For me, it is hands down Mexico. During the two weeks I spent there everything I had was amazing but to be fair I had recommendations from locals wherever I went, the only way to roll 🙂

  25. Scaramouchemusic

    I spent a year abroad in Mumbai for my study programme. It was heaven on earth, food-wise. One of my favourite places to go after a night out is called Mogul Sarai, but the spelling differs everywhere you look. It’s a really run down place, but the butter chicken rolls are divine! There are so many brilliant places for food in Mumbai, but this one stood out to me.

  26. Chazz Vegas

    I know you guys have already spent some time there but I’m OBSESSED with New Orleans when it comes to food. We went as part of our honeymoon last year and that was largely in part to the food scene. I made a list of about 25 spots to hit in the week we were there and we maybe managed half so there’s definitely unfinished business. Unquestionable highlight was eating at Dookie Chase and sampling the wide array of creole cuisine they had on offer and getting to meet the absolute queen of Creole cooking, Leah Chase. But everything from crawfish boils at a street festival to 50 cent happy hour oysters right through to the wonderful Vietnamese offerings in the city is an experience. It sounds cheesy but they don’t eat food over there, they live it.

    I’m part of a group online all about food in New Orleans and when a new member asked about where are the best spots to eat in the city, someone in the group replied “Put a map of New Orleans on a dartboard and throw a dart at it. Wherever the dart lands there will be something wonderful to eat there”

    Would love to see you guys do one of your food marathons there, especially as it’s such a 24/7 city. I will request that you bring me with you though!

  27. lachesisworld

    I just came home last Sunday from a foodie tour through the Basque country of Northern Spain and South West France. If you love Tapas, get the Pintxos there and be surprised. Made a trip to the vineyard of Marques de Riscal and saw the famous Hotel Frank Geary build there. Lots of great seafood dishes all over the Basque country. Local wines are very good with these Pintxos (different things on breads skewered with a stick).

    • VixReviews

      Ooh, where did you go in South-west France? I spent my summers as a teen living in a village just south of Perpignan (Port Leucate), and there were some amazing restaurants round there.

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