The United States of America is an outstanding country, in a number of different aspects. Extraordinary cities, incredible architecture, a fascinating history, hundreds of places to visit and the best basketball in the world… And let’s not forget the food!
Gastronomy has always had an important role to play in American society. The country’s massive land mass makes for a uniquely diverse melting pot of influences, with many places standing out due to their distinctive recipes.
As a result, Food Tours in the US are becoming an increasingly popular pastime for visitors. Food lovers shouldn’t miss out on these informative and enjoyable food tours in the USA, in which participants can get a taste of the unique dishes available across the land.
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FOOD TOUR IN NEW YORK
Of all the Food Tours in New York, we recommend one that focuses on that great American institution: the pizza.
The tour begins with an opportunity to taste a slice of square pizza in the heart of the Big Apple, followed by a sampling of Manakeesh – a Lebanese twist on the common pizza – together with a Lebanese coffee.
Asian-style pizza is also on the menu, with its unique flavor and distinctive recipe.
During the tour, visitors will get the chance to visit Tompkins Square Park and enjoy some of the fabulous street art that the city has to offer.
For dessert, visitors can taste a sample of Bavarian cream, a typical local dish served in one of the oldest and most prestigious Italian bakeries in the city.
This food tour not only serves up slice after slice of delicious New York pizza but also different takes on the iconic dish from across the planet. New York City brings people together from the four corners of the world in search of a new life, and this exciting and dynamic mix is reflected in the city’s cuisine.
MORE NEW YORK FOOD TOURS
Another tour that we recommend to New York first-timers focuses specifically on the city’s local food and culture.
This alternative route off the beaten path begins with a sampling of exquisite roast duck with rice, followed by Mexican toast – a sandwich that is popular among residents from the southern part of the city.
Guests can check out some spectacular artisan meatballs in Southwest Brooklyn, followed by a visit to a series of Italian-style bakeries which are very popular among the locals from this region.
As a snack, participants can also enjoy bubble tea, a Taiwanese drink that will conclude your gastronomic experience in style.
CHICAGO FOOD TOURS
Chicago is a charming and sprawling city, which is well-loved among travelers – not least for its distinctive cuisine.
The Food Tour of Chicago begins with a slice of traditional deep-dish pizza, followed by the city’s distinctive gourmet popcorn.
Hot dogs are also trendy in Windy City. Visitors can eat this sausage sandwich with any toppings they like, although you should know that the locals frown on including ketchup, and prefer using fresh tomatoes instead. While you’re in Chicago, you’ll also have the chance to try out the city’s famous Italian beef sandwich.
Dessert in Chicago can only mean one thing: a brownie. This exquisite sweet treat was created right here in the Windy City, so obviously has to feature in any worthwhile gastronomic tour.
With all these amazing dining options, Chicago is a fantastic place for strolling, sightseeing, getting to know local customs… and most of all, for eating!
CHICAGO BEER TOURS
Visitors to Chicago should be aware that beer tours are also available, in addition to the food tours mentioned above.
The delicious craft beers brewed across the city make for a fantastic tour, full of new possibilities for hop enthusiasts. A beer tour could light up your day or night, as you travel from bar to bar, sampling multiple varieties of beers and snacks.
So now you know… if you’re passing through Chicago, you can enjoy a delicious beer in addition to eating well!
ENJOY YOUR TRIP
As we have seen, if you have the opportunity to visit New York or Chicago, you should make the most of your trip and enjoy these truly unique food tours in the USA through the cuisine and traditions of each city.
Of course, each destination contains hundreds of historical sites and tourist attractions which you should seek out as well, time permitting. But taking a gastronomic tour of either city is a guaranteed way to have a good time, eat like a local, and learn a little more about the surrounding area.
So pack your bags and get ready to enjoy a unique few days, eating exquisite local dishes and getting to know the traditional menus of each of these iconic US cities.
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