It may look rank but the fragrant soup can make you fall in love after just one spoon full. I’m not sure who is responsible but whoever decided to mix the quahog shellfish with tender potatoes, salted pork, heavy cream and herbs is an absolute genius.
Of course you could eat it out of a normal porcelain bowl but if you want the full chowder experience get a bread bowl at the Atlantic Fish Co., where the chefs carve out a cavity in a fresh boule, pour in the heavenly juice, then put the top back on. Also, on the menu you will find a Lobster Roll which is…well…lobster in a roll.
Pizza in Chicago looks and tastes different. The dish is deep, as the name suggests, meaning the crust rises high and allows for an artery-choking volume of cheese.
Unsurprisingly, they call it a ‘pie’ and is definitely not for the fainthearted. For a particularly authentic meal you might like to do this at an Uno’s on Wabash Ave in the Windy City, which claims to have invented the Italian American hybrid dish back in 1943.
3. SOUTH CAROLINA
I had grits once, but it was in NYC so my disappointment will be nullified when I eventually get to try it in a proper restaurant down south.
Hominy grits is essentially corn milled into a rough powder and then boiled up with butter or bacon grease. Yes, you read that right. Blossom Restaurant in Charleston, South Carolina, is world famous for it and its multitude sides.
Drop Biscuits and Sausage Gravy
In the US a biscuit is basically a flaky scone made with lard and buttermilk and are regularly eaten at brekkie. In Montana they eat them with a thick white gravy that is littered with gorgeous bits of sausage.
Okay, so a lot of southern states would probably claim to have the best Pecan Pie in North American but for a truly original recipe and authentic dessert with a difference pull up a chair in Bristol Bar & Grill in Louisville in Kentucky.
Go one further and order the Golden Pecan Pie and see why the internet is laden down with eulogies and tributes to a seemingly-ordinary slice of cake.
If you find yourself in direction of Portland any time soon head along to the 1927 S’mores Company on Alder Street. The original (Honey Graham crackers, vanilla marshmallow and bittersweet fudge) costs just $5.50. You’ll be back for s’more for sure.