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Happy October! Exploring Big City Cuisine

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Whatever city you find yourself in, there is always a slew of different food venues, from traditional American, to Chinese, Indian, Japanese, and almost any other type you can imagine. If you’re in the mood for fast food, stop in at McDonalds or Chick Fil A. Feeling like some sushi? Visit the Japanese steak house across town. Maybe something a little more adventurous? That new Vietnamese restaurant looks pretty promising. Food trucks, hole-in-the-wall restaurants, fast food, local dives, you name it and the city probably has it. So with all this variety and popularity among the food enthusiasts, where are the best places to get food in the US? While the popular cities for food is in a constant state of fluctuation, there are some that remain pretty consistent.

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New Orleans is pretty well known for its soul food and cajun dishes, and the way of making these dishes and what to put in them is evolving, they all try and stay true to its roots. The city is home to some of the most renowned and oldest restaurants around and continues to draw people in with the promise of a good crawfish boil and jambalaya. After all, Mardi Gras isn’t the only thing that keeps people coming back to the city. Bourbon Street and all the city has to offer in terms of food plays a major role in the city’s economy and tourist sector.

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Traveling a little further north is New York City. It seems kind of a no-brainer that this city places as one of the best restaurants for good cuisine. Whether you’re looking for a quick food-truck experience, or somewhere that’s off the beaten path, or even an upscale dining room, there is sure to be something for every palette. People with aspirations in the food industry tend to travel to the big cities, searching for the biggest crowd in order to get their name out there and hit a big break. New York City is such a melting pot of cultures and lifestyles that it makes perfect sense that their food selection would be as broad as the people who live in and visit the city.


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If barbecue is more to your palette, be sure to head to Austin to get a taste of their home cooked, smoked and slathered in sauce BBQ. Many restaurants have perfected their recipes that keeps loyal customers and new ones coming back for more. But there’s so much more to Austin than just a good BBQ. Mexican cuisine is in abundance here as well, with taco recipes that will beat out any other chain restaurant, and they even are served breakfast style for the real taco lovers. But still, there’s more to Austin’s food scene than BBQ and tacos. World class sushi chefs call this big city home, and there are always mom and pop restaurants open for business that have been around for years.

These three cities are just the tip of a very large food-iceberg. There’s too many restaurants and cuisines to try and narrow down the search for the best foodie cities around, and the general list is always changing depending on who is deciding which city comes before which. Food Network stars, travelers, foodies and many others have tried to pinpoint the exact locations that house the best restaurants, food trucks and stands out there, but most say it’s just not possible. Our country is full of diverse cultures, cuisines, taste buds and preferences to narrow the list of cities down to just a fewHope to see you at

**October 16-18 for my book signing, sampling and on stage event Philly Gourmet Food and Wine Show-Valley Forge Casino, Valley Forge, pennsylvania, for more info email: or to purchase tix go to

*October 23rd, Stratford Library, Stratford, NJ, Come join me with  a presentation and sampling of recipes from The Basic Art of Italian Cooking: Holidays and Special Occasions-2nd edition- the Gourmand Award winning book!!

For more recipes get your copy of the Gourmand Award winning book

The Basic Art of Italian Cooking: Holidays and Special Occasions-2nd edition


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