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Summer eats across the US

One of the best ways to explore a new city is with food and one of the best times of year to taste a local favourite is summer. If you're planning a trip to the US, consider touring the country to taste test some of these mouth-watering summer bites.

Here’s just a sample to whet the appetite:

  • Clambakes, lobster rolls & Cape Cod: If you’re a seafood lover and you haven’t been to the Cape for an authentic clambake or lobster roll, you’re missing out. From roadside stands to a clambake pit on the beach, the Cape is dotted with local favourites for these seafood staples. Plus, in New England it’s never too hot for a cup of hot New England clam chowder
  • Hot dogs & Chicago: There’s no shortage of nationally renowned hot dog stands in Chicago. From foodies to locals, people flock to these establishments for what are arguably the best hot dogs in the nation -- that traditional Chicago dog on a poppy seed bun, topped with yellow mustard, white onions, sweet pickle relish, tomato, peppers, dill pickle and a dash of celery salt
  • Saltwater taffy & the Jersey Shore: As a New Jersey native, there’s one smell that is forever ingrained in my mind from childhood -- the aromatic blend of the salty ocean, the hot wood of the boardwalk and the sweet fragrance of saltwater taffy. Thankfully, this pulled, sticky sweet created as an Atlantic City gimmick took off as a local favourite, with flavours today spanning from peppermint and cotton candy to peaches and cream
  • Barbecue & Texas: A barbecue in Texas isn’t just a summer tradition, it’s a way of life. And you can literally travel the enormous state by finger-licking different styles of barbeque based on each region. East for its slow-cooked beef marinated in sweet sauce; Central for its meat rubbed with spices; West for meat cooked directly over mesquite wood, with a bitter flavour; and South for meat slathered in thick, molasses-based sauces
  • Shave ice & Hawaii: It’s shave ice not shaved ice to the locals, but regardless, it’s a summer treat that started in Japan, made its way to the island state and spread through the US. While I’ve made some interesting, if not suspect, flavour creations with my childhood Snoopy Snow Cone Maker, locals have the benefit of amazing natural ingredients like guava, pineapple, coconut cream, passion fruit, kiwi, mango and lychee. One of the best places to try some shave ice is Haleiwa on the island of Oahu, where this icy favourite is a signature dessert
  • Fish tacos & San Diego: This local delicacy has literally hundreds of establishments dedicated to it throughout the San Diego area, offering unique takes on a beach-bum favourite. Fried or grilled? Fast food or upscale restaurant? You can join the area’s great debate by trying them all and deciding for yourself. And the best part is most fish taco eateries are a stone’s throw from, if not on, the water, offering a taco with a view

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Andrew

Deal Expert, New York
Friday, 16 August 2013
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