Let’s face it if you are going to be spending 13 weeks in a city while on a travel nursing or therapist assignment, you may as well choose a locale where you are going to eat well. If you like to consider yourself an amateur foodie, then this is the list for you when trying to decide on a travel assignment destination where food is one of the main attractions. Here are some of the best U.S. cities for foodies.
New Orleans – You cannot have a list of cities, world or U.S., without including the “Crescent City” New Orleans, Louisiana. From the simple, think po’ boy sandwiches, to sweet powdery beignets or a bowl of spicy gumbo, New Orleans has it all. And the incredible food isn’t the only thing to fall in love with as visitors are treated to a vibrant atmosphere and unique architecture in every restaurant they visit. If you like to eat, put New Orleans on your list of travel assignment destinations.
Charleston, SC – Staying in the south, foodies will fall in love with the southern warmth and charm of Charleston, South Carolina. From world-class steakhouses to the finest seafood and everything in between, The “Holy City” is home to a surprising number of Michelin-rated restaurants where local ingredients, sourced from local farms are used in abundance.
Albuquerque, NM – This entrant to our list of food friendly cities may surprise some, but visitors to Albuquerque, N.M. will vouch for the quality of its restaurant scene. If you are on assignment in New Mexico’s largest city and think that all you will find is Mexican and Tex-Mex cuisine, you would be wrong. In Albuquerque, there is a healthy mix of Native American cuisine, Latin, and even traditional European selections. Another benefit to the growing foodie scene is a healthy rise in the number of local craft beer breweries.
Providence, RI – Another surprise entrant is in the smallest state in the union, Providence, Rhode Island. It’s proximity to the ocean makes Providence a natural location for out of this world, fresh seafood, but it is in the variety of restaurants where visitors are most pleasantly surprised. In addition to scores of traditional, authentic Italian fare, Providence is home to Peruvian, Japanese, Mexican, French, and Mediterranean restaurants.
Portland, OR – We have to travel to the west coast for this foodie haven located in the great Pacific Northwest. Portland, Oregon is home to one of America’s most vibrant craft beer scene, and the local restaurant selection is keeping pace. For foodies with a real interest in locally-sourced, organic food choices, look no further than this eclectic gem of a city. The thriving restaurant scene features culinary experiences from around the world, and one of the best local features is the availability of these delicacies from the more than 600 mobile food carts around the city.
In developing this list, we made a conscious effort to avoid highlighting the largest cities, like New York, LA, and Chicago as we all know that amazing food can be found there. Our goal was to introduce you to places that you may not immediately think about as havens for foodies. Other cities that boast a fair share of incredible eateries include Milwaukee and Madison Wisconsin, Savannah Georgia, Buffalo New York, the other Portland in Maine, San Diego California, and New Haven Connecticut.
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