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What are the best food destinations, landmarks, museums, statues in the USA?

Like the Burnt Food Museum in Arlington, MA and this 15-foot-fork with pasta in Nebraska? http://www.roadsideamerica...

Tell me your tips! Any and all are greatly appreciated. Thank you!

Sarah is Food52's senior staff writer & stylist.

asked 4 months ago
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i like some of the old restaurants in s.f. tadich grill has been a favorite of ours and is the oldest restaurant in california. john's grill has a replica of the maltese falcon.

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Mammy's Cupboard in Natchez, MS is otherworldly.

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PHIL

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I can only think of old restaurants that I have been to like Fraunce's Tavern , Peter Lugers ( Brooklyn of course), Rao's . Does Hershey park count Ha?!

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creamtea

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I posted this recently somewhere else, but the Corn Palace in South Dakota is fun! Re-designed each year. It's amazing what you can do with corn! :)

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pierino

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It's too bad Copia no longer exists. It was a museum dedicated to food and the memory of Julia Child. Her own pots hung on pegboard there.
I agree with Scruz on Tadich Grill in San Francisco---it's the oldest restaurant in the city. John's Grill though is nothing more than a tourist trap now. In 2002 Ten Speed published a history of Tadich. It's not a cookbook but it does include recipes.
Chez Panisse in Berkeley was the birthplace of California cuisine---although others blame Wolfgang Puck and Ma Maison (gone) for that. In my opinion the best restaurant in America is the French Laundry. To his credit Thomas Keller seems to have stopped caring about Michelin stars and is dedicated to the art of the table. Michael Ruhlman has become the Boswell to Keller's Samuel Johnson.
L.A. the original Phillipe's is still in business downtown. It's the place where the French dip sandwich was invented. Coffee is still a dime.
Another of my favorite spots is the Napoleon House in New Orleans. It's in a building which as local lore holds was intended for Napoleon's exile. He died on Elba instead.
This should be an interesting thread.

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Lived in San Francisco in the 70's now in Portland OR and great food mecca!

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pierino

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Not in SF although I spent this past weekend there. I'm almost exactly half way between LA and SF on the Central Coast/Salinas Valley.

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And speaking of SF, how we can we forget the iconic Ferry Building. The ferries still leave from there but the hall itself and the outside front is now a wall to wall food emporium. Cowgirl Creamery has a location there as does Boccalone. It's also home to San Francisco's best Vietnamese restaurant, The Slanted Door. Unfortunately Sinbad's is gone from the east side of the building (a Tony Bourdain stop for CNN).

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Lived in the Bay Area for years and never saw all the sites. Worked in the financial district, what a treat it was to go to work everyday. Loved it!

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PHIL

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Are you in SAn Fran? I was there in October, drove up to Bodega and ate at Terrapin cafe. I think the owners are from LA of SF

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MMH
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Union Oyster House in Boston - America's oldest restaurant

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pierino

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Another LA landmark and an example of programmatic architecture is Randy's Donuts at Manchester and La Cienega near LAX. It's the 32 foot high donut sculpture. Unfortunately the Brown Derby no longer exists in its original location---they moved the derby to Hollywood but it's not the same. Unfortunately LA has been mostly wiped clean of the Googie style architecture it was known for in the 50's. Now they have strip malls and gallerias. In N' Out Burger may be as iconic as it gets.

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pierino

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Here's another one; it's the season for Hatch chili peppers in New Mexico. When they are roasting them out in the open as they do, it fills the atmosphere with a divine aroma. But go there now.

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MMH
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City Tavern in Philadelphia - est 1773

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MMH
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Chicago - Billy Goat Tavern

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BerryBaby

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Back in the day (1969) Billy (he was quite old then with his Billy goat beard) would stand by the front entrance with his cane. When the ladies would come in he would flip their skirts with the cane and everyone would laugh. I was one of them and you knew what to expect when you'd go there. The line was always long and the yelling was just as they portrayed on Saturday Night Live, "Cheeseburger, cheeseburger, cheeseburger!" It was a great place and never a dull moment. Couldn't get away with that in today's world. Those were different times.

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I've been to Reading Terminal Market in Philly and The Broadway Market in Buffalo, NY...I'm thinking any indoor market in a big city gives you a slice of life and foodways of that place. In Philly, it's the stalls of Amish farmers, in Buffalo, it's the Polish and German butchers and the madhouse that occurs in the week leading up to Easter.
We had the most amazing stroll through the Farmer's Market in Kusadasi, Turkey a couple of years ago....I can still picture the vivid colors of the produce and the suntanned faces of the vendors. Unforgettable.

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South of Miami, close to the Metro Zoo, there is a Tropical Fruits Garden with guided tours where you can find unbelievable fruits and taste them (whatever is in season). If you go around June you will find a fantastic variety of mangos. Close to it, there is a strawberry field where you can pick your own strawberries.

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Phil, the question specifically solicits suggestions about food destinations in the *USA*, not the entire planet.

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PHIL

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How did you come up with Miami HA? I thought for sure you would have suggested some part of Italy. I think All of Italy is actually is a food destination.

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Oregon Wine Country is gorgeous. Located within the wine country are two of my favorite destinations, the Trappist Abbey in Lafayette, Oregon where the Monks make incredible fruitcake, and the Brigittine Monastery in Amity, OR who make amazing fudge. Both are beautiful places to visit and so tranquil with lovely grounds that surround them.

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pierino

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added 4 months ago

The one where they throw the fish around? That's Pike Place Market in Seattle. I was there just a few weeks ago. They don't sell the fish they throw, that's just for showing off. You don't treat Copper River salmon that way.

As to Portland aren't the monks famous for bottling 100% gluten free spring water too?

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Loved Pike Place Market in Seattle. Every time I was in Seattle I would go there first.

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Maybe the Monks do this in other parts of the country but I only know of the confectionery treats and the Trappist Monks offer assistance with labeling wine and other services.

Pike Place Market is a fun place. I enjoy the original (lst) Starbucks, which is across the street from Pike Place with the wooden old floors.

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PHIL

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BB, what is that famous market in Seattle or Portland I think? I have never been there but seen it on TV

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PHIL

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added 4 months ago

Yes, Pierino, that's the one.

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In the Denver area, the Buckhorn is famous for their variety of game meats on the menu (snake, yak, etc., and yes you can get Rocky Mountain Oysters too) and on the walls (stuffed and mounted) - also, bit of trivia, they possess Colorado's first liquor license.

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PHIL

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you got me cv , I guess that will be a different thread

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Kansas City - Arthur Bryant's & gates bbq

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Sam1148

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added 4 months ago

The SPAM museum. http://www.spam.com/museum...
Hershey, PA: the Factory, the amusement park and chocolate tour.

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pierino

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Another L.A. classic is the original El Cholo which goes back to 1927 (when Mexican food was still referred to as "Spanish"). It's essentially Cal-Mex but up to a higher standard.

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pierino

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Another L.A. classic is the original El Cholo which goes back to 1927 (when Mexican food was still referred to as "Spanish"). It's essentially Cal-Mex but up to a higher standard.

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French Laundry, Pikes Market in Seattle (don't let the flying fish gimmick fool you), Cardini's Tijuana (parents took me there for my 16th birthday for my first Caesar salad).

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Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco for fresh crab!

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OK, just fresh crab on the west coast. Fisherman's Wharf was my favorite place back in the 70's when we lived there. I know, places change, but the memories don't.

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Unfortunately Fisherman's Wharf is to San Francisco what Hollywood Blvd is to LA. It's the biggest tourist magnet in town. Very little of it interesting or in good taste. The real food scene is now to the east in the historic Ferry Building. Some very cool street cars do run along the Embarcadero when your tolerance for buskers at Fisherman's Wharf evaporates. There's your escape route.

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I love The 76 House in Tappan, NY. This is where Major Andre, the revolutionary war traitor/accomplice to Benedict Arnold ,was tried. It is such a lovely old building and in great shape.
We went there many times when I was a child and it always seemed so "historic". It really left an impression on this little girl.
You can go up the road aways and see the site where he was hanged. There is a small monument right in the middle of a neighborhood culdesac!

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I thought of this also but then considered it maybe more historic than foodie. I spent a good part of my childhood being toted to relatives in Old Tappan and the surroundings.

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PHIL

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added 4 months ago

That is 5 minutes from my house. there are many historic houses around there. The food is very good there also.

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The Spoonbridge and Cherry sculpture in Minneapolis, MN. http://www.walkerart.org...