One of the best parts of traveling is being able to sample the best foods from different regions—seafood in New England, barbecue in Texas, California-style pizza on the West Coast. If you don’t have the time or limitless money to go on a food tour of all 50 states, however, you can still enjoy authentic regional food—and have it delivered directly to your doorstep.
Americans love good cuisine, and our foodie culture has inspired many companies and restaurants to deliver their food to you even if you don’t live in their home city or state. Here’s a look at 5 different regional treats that you can have delivered directly to you.
Southwest/South Central: Snow’s BBQ
As mentioned above, Texas is well-known for its legendary barbecue, and you can’t throw a stone in the Lone Star State without hitting a delicious brisket or smoked sausage. Of all the barbecue joints in the state, though, one has risen up to become the best (at least according to Texas Monthly and legions of barbecue fans): Snow’s BBQ in Lexington, TX. Thanks to FoodyDirect.com, anyone in the US can now get the famous taste of the Texas hill country. Order up to 4 ½ pounds of tender beef brisket, sausage, and pork spare ribs.
East Coast: Eileen’s Special Cheesecake
Some recipes can be fairly easily duplicated, but then there are some secret family recipes that get passed down for generations that somehow can’t be recreated by the competition. Eileen’s Special Cheesecake is one of the latter. You can order a wide variety of cheesecakes from this New York fixture, including strawberry, chocolate cappuccino, and caramel pecan (you can also order a sample platter if you just can’t decide). These decadent (and kosher!) cakes are baked daily and shipped overnight, so you won’t have to wait long to fulfill your craving for real New York-style cheesecake.
West Coast: Green Corn Tamales from El Cholo
If you visit southern California, you have to stop by one of well-known Mexican restaurant El Cholo’s four locations. But if you’re not visiting California anytime soon, fear not—you can order their green corn tamales online. Inside the green corn cakes are sweet summer corn, cheddar, and chiles, giving you a burst of genuine LA flavor with every bite. And while the green corn tamales are a seasonal dish at the El Cholo restaurants, you can order them year round.
South: Callie’s Charleston Biscuits
Sometimes the simplest foods are the best, and Callie’s Charleston Biscuits is a South Carolina favorite that has mastered that perfectly simplistic approach. Their buttery and flaky biscuits may be basic, but they’re the kind of Southern comfort food that you just won’t get if you buy biscuit dough at your local grocery store. Their country ham biscuits are the best of all their products—it’s artisanal Virginia ham and Dijon mustard on Callie’s signature cheese and chive biscuit. Yum!
Midwest: Lou Malnati’s Pizza
Chicago-style deep dish pizza is not something to be missed if you visit the Windy City. Pizza chains across the country have tried to imitate this distinct style, and while there have been several tasty attempts; you won’t get original, authentic deep dish pizza unless it’s from Chicago. Luckily for those of us not in the Midwest, Lou Malnati’s pizzeria delivers nationwide through TastesofChicago.com. And you don’t have to worry about your pizza losing its freshness even if it has to travel across the country—it’s quickly frozen after it comes out of the oven and is packed with dry ice in ‘keep fresh’ coolers so that it maintains its great taste.
Is your mouth watering yet? Ordering food from a restaurant across the country may be a bit of a luxury (you probably wouldn’t want to do it every week, at least), but it’s a great way to curb that craving for a certain regional food, share a hometown favorite with your family, or try something completely new.
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