Grumble, Grumble.

That’s the sound your tummy makes as your eyes scan the descriptions and your mind dreams of the awesome time you’ll have at these eight destinations for great eats. These locales will have you booking your travel flights and loading your luggage. And don’t forget to pack your luncheon napkin; you’ll definitely need it.

Switch Steak, Las Vegas, NV

What do you get when you mix an incredible steak dinner, jumbo crab cakes, and a carnival-style entertainment venue with every bite you take? You get an unforgettable dinner experience with visuals that change every 20 minutes. Disappearing windows, curtains that transform into paintings and butter-tender steaks will make you feel like a kid again.

West Side Market, Cleveland, OH

West Side Market, Cleveland
West Side Market, Cleveland
One of the oldest and best food markets around; for over 100 years this landmark has delighted and titillated the palates of many serious food lovers. Tourists love the local favorite attractions including bratwurst sandwiches, pierogies, and Buckeye chocolates.

Sierra Mar, Big Sur, CA

Dining while dangling is what you’ll experience at Sierra Mar. Don’t worry, the cliff you’re suspended over is quite secure, and you’ll hardly notice the Pacific Ocean underneath your feet. Just go ahead and enjoy the wonderful California cuisine and whale-watch as you calm the raging whale in your stomach.

Slappy Cakes, Portland, OR

If you’re more into DIY meal preparation, you are going to love Slappy Cakes! You choose your own buttermilk or ginger pancake ingredients, then you man the griddle flapjack station while they cook. Select your added bonuses of various syrups, butters, or nuts and you’ve got a meal fit for a king (you)!

Pancakes at Slappy Cakes, Portland
Pancakes at Slappy Cakes, Portland

Icebar, Orlando, FL

Can you say “brrr?” You will when you’re completely frozen after 45 minutes of hanging out in the Icebar. Inside the temperature is 27 degrees (-3º Celsius), and you may need your hat and gloves. You don’t have to worry about being served warm drinks here since your cocktail glass is also made out of ice, but your insides are sure to warm up as the drinking continues.

Greasewood Flat, Scottsdale, AZ

A place where you get to experience real cowboy-style cuisine, complete with dining under the stars and in the middle of the desert. Chow down around your very own campfire pit and eat some chili that will surely make you say “yee-haw!!”

LA food truck
LA food truck

Los Angeles food trucks, CA

Join with other food fanatics who chase down taco, pancake and even grilled-cheese trucks. Food-truck dining promises to be the best eat-and-run experience you’ve ever had.

PDT, New York City, NY

PDT stands for “Please Don’t Tell” and the fare there is definitely repeatable. Everything from the standard hot dog made special to eclectic drinks like the bacon-infused bourbon makes this speakeasy bar quite popular.

Whether it’s a vacation or a day trip, your palate will thank you for giving it a dining experience at these destinations. Not to mention the memories to go with it, you’ll be a happy diner with a big smile.

Your thoughts on "Eight US destinations to satiate your inner gourmand"

  • How dare you expose PDT!! It does actually give you instructions on how to keep it a secret!! Ok kidding. I've only hit the LA and NY items but I suppose based on those, the rest are likely scrumptious as well!!

    on February 24, 2011 at 4:05 pm Reply
  • I simply couldn't resist :) Thanks for reading!

    on February 25, 2011 at 9:40 am Reply
  • Great post... Tempting pics! The pancakes look mouth watering, too hard to resist :-)

    on March 1, 2011 at 6:28 am Reply
  • Sure, Cleveland counts as the Midwest, but don't let the rest of the Midwest pass you by! Chicago is an awesome food city and has so much to offer (more specialty tortilla makers than Mexico city!). A personal favorite is Franks'n'Dawgs. The hot dogs Chicago is known for, but taken to an entirely new level of delicious.

    on March 25, 2011 at 2:14 pm Reply

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