TravelChannel.com names the “Travel’s Best: Summer Foods” of 2014. From ice cream at Hawaii’s Matsumoto to lobster at Martha’s Vineyard’s Beach Plum, these picks will satisfy your hunger – and your thirst for travel!
The 2014 “Travel’s Best: Summer Foods” (in alphabetical order by category):
Ballpark Food: G Sandwich Shop, Nationals Park – Washington, D.C.
Forget the ballpark classics and head right to Chef Mike Isabella’s concession stand, G Sandwich Shop at Washington, D.C.’s Nationals Park stadium. From a ragù-rich Chicken Parmesan accented with Thai basil to a roasted cauliflower soaked with poppy paprika lemon vinaigrette (perfect for vegetarians or vegans), these are new ball-game favorites!
Bar Food: Nepenthe – Big Sur, Calif.
There’s no better place to enjoy stunning mountain views and the rugged California coastline than with a glass of wine and hearty California-made bar snacks at Nepenthe in Big Sur. Order Laura Chenel goat cheese and creamy roasted Gilroy garlic, while taking in the 360-degree views from the mountain perch of the restaurant’s outdoor terrace.
BBQ: Southern Soul Barbeque – St. Simons Island, Ga.
Southern Soul Barbeque is barbecue at its finest, on charming St. Simons Island, Ga. Their juicy, slow-smoked chicken pairs perfectly with their Hoppin’ John (black-eyed peas and rice), collard greens and cornbread. Sit on one of their outdoor picnic benches or grab your BBQ and head to one of the many beaches.
Brunch Spot: Miss Shirley’s – Baltimore, Md.
Baltimore’s legendary brunch spot, Miss Shirley’s serves such brunch classics as southern fried green tomatoes as well as dishes with a twist like Eggs Benedict with mini crab cakes and poached eggs dusted with Maryland’s Old Bay seasoning. You can walk off the hearty portions along the shimmering Baltimore Inner Harbor after your meal.
Food Festival: Minnesota State Fair – St. Paul, Minn.
With 1,000 mouth-watering stands, the Minnesota State Fair offers crowd-favorites including fried cheese curds, jumbo buckets of double-dipped French fries, giant melt-in-your-mouth chocolate chip cookies, grilled pork chops on a stick as well as classics like hamburgers and hot dogs. Andrew Zimmern, the three-time James Beard Award-winning TV personality, chef and host of Travel Channel’s “Bizarre Foods,” attends every year. “I start every day at the fair with a real natural casing German-style foot-long hot dog with mustard, grilled onions and sauerkraut.”
Food Truck: Kogi BBQ Taco Truck – Los Angeles
Located in Los Angeles, Kogi BBQ Taco Truck jams an incredible amount of flavor into every bite of its tacos and burritos. Both the chicken tacos and the sliders are so popular they have been upgraded from being featured as daily specials to becoming permanent menu fixtures. From Monday to Friday, three different trucks are positioned between Long Beach and Burbank in LA County. Follow the Kogi BBQ Taco Truck on Twitter (@kogibbq) to track their latest location!
Ice Cream Shop: Matsumoto – Haleiwa, Hawaii
Established in 1951, Matsumoto provides over 1,000 shave ices to tourists each year. Chef and co-host of Travel Channel’s “Breaking Borders,” Michael Voltaggio strongly recommends “you get it with ice cream underneath. [It] will change your life.”
Place for Pie: Dangerously Delicious Pies – Washington D.C. and Baltimore, Md.
Dangerously Delicious Pies offers excited customers both classic pastries as well as their own original creations – and they’re all delicious. Try the authentic gooey Baltimore Bomb pie, which is thick with fudge and with Berger cookies that are melted into a vanilla chess filling.
Restaurant with a View: Le Tub – Hollywood, Fla.
While you’re sinking your teeth into one of their critically-acclaimed burgers, enjoy a gorgeous, “Why don’t I live here?”-view of the Intracoastal Waterway at Le Tub. Savor every bite as you sip a cold beer and watch the mega yachts cruise by in this tucked-away waterfront refuge.
Seafood Restaurant: Beach Plum Inn & Restaurant – Menemsha, Mass.
The food at the Beach Plum Inn & Restaurant in Martha’s Vineyard is fresh, delicious and not too fussy. The lobster is especially tasty. Overlooking Menemsha Harbor, you can watch the fishing boats come in with their daily haul.
TravelChannel.com editors enlisted a panel of experts that have determined the 10 best summer foods. The 2014 “Travel’s Best: Summer Foods” panelists include: Casey Barber (Food Writer and Editor, Good.Food.Stories), Robin Bennefield (Travel Writer, Robins Have Wings), Danielle Dimovski (BBQ Competitor and Host, “BBQ Crawl”), Robyn Lindars (BBQ Competitor and Founder, GrillGrrrl.com), Nevin Martell (Travel & Food Writer, Nevin Martell), Amy McKeever (National Editor, Eater.com), Taylor Peden and Jen Munkvold (Photographers, Peden & Munk), Michael Voltaggio (Chef and Co-Host, “Breaking Borders”) and Andrew Zimmern (Chef and Host, “Bizarre Foods”).
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