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Get ready for the trip of a lifetime, to indulge in some seriously good eats. Here are some of the must-visit food hotspots in the country. Foodies should buckle up and get ready to eat to their heart’s content.

 

New York City

Iconic New York foods, from the black-and-white cookie to cheesecake to thinly-sliced pizza, are the framework of the city, but there are plenty of other eats that come along with it housing a diverse population. Try The Smith’s macaroni and cheese, EJ’s Luncheonette for brunch and huge pancakes and Russ & Daughters for bagels and lox. Indulge in some afternoon tea at The Russian Tea Room, or head to Brooklyn for Smorgasburg, an open-air food market held every weekend through the late spring and summer. Craving an American staple? Look no further than Gray’s Papaya for a hot dog.

 

Los Angeles

Los Angeles is bustling with trendy food hotspots. No trip to California would be complete without a stop at In-N-Out Burger for a burger, fries and a shake. Food lovers make it a priority to eat at as many places as they can when they travel. Luckily, in the City of Angels, that is possible. It is the ideal destination for people who enjoy eating healthily, but indulging every now and then. Joan’s on Third offers many healthy menu items, from salads to sandwiches. Gracias Madre proves meatless Mexican fare care still pack a delicious punch. Patys Restaurant serves up diner favorites in comfort. If a trip to the beaches of Malibu is in the cards, Malibu Farm offers organic, fresh menu items, complete with a gorgeous view.

 

Atlanta

Southern comfort food is the name of the game in Atlanta. Mary Mac’s Tea Room serves classic Southern food, including dishes such as fried chicken, meatloaf, tomato pie, okra, sweet potato soufflé and cobbler. Fox Bros. is a go-to barbecue spot, while Aviva‘s take on Mediterranean food has diners wanting more.

 

Chicago

New Yorkers have their pizza and their hot dogs, but residents of the Windy City have their own. Lou Malnati’s Chicago is one of the top places to go for deep-dish pizza with a buttery crust. Find other Chicago staples at Portillo’s, which offers Italian beef and Chicago-style hotdogs. Save room for the chocolate cake shake.

 

Hal Abramson is a food festival promoter based in Los Angeles and is always on the hunt for new events to explore. Check out his other food festival blogs or follow his travels on Twitter!