My Top 10 Meals from 9 weeks in the USA

One of the main things that I miss from my time in the USA was all the insanely amazing food that I had over there. I did over indulge myself for the whole 63 days I was over there. I’ve been asked so many times what and where my favourite thing was to eat so I thought I’d narrow it down to my Top 10. I was actually a very bad blogger and didn’t photograph most of my meals. I’m now regretting this as a bumper Food Diary would’ve been a pretty food idea. Unfortunately, you’ll have to do with a couple of  Snapchat quality photos.

Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich in Philadelphia - - Top 10 Places I ate in the USA - Rachel Nicole UK Blogger

Philly Cheese Steak in Philadelphia

It would have been rude not to visit Philadelphia without trying a Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich. This was actually our first day on Trek America and our Tour Guide took us to a place called Jim’s Steaks on South Street. This place is supposed to be one of the best in the city and it’s actually the only Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich I’ve ever had but it was pretty damn good. I daren’t order it when I go anywhere else in case it’s not as good as the original!

Steak in Capitol City Brewing Company, Washington DC - Top 10 Places I ate in the USA - Rachel Nicole UK Blogger

Steak in Capitol City Brewing Company, Washington DC

Another recommendation from our tour guide was the Capitol City Brewing Company which was a sports bar in Downtown Washington DC.  Throughout my time in America, I ate my fair share of steak. I’m not too sure what I was thinking always ordered the steak but I’m certain that this one in DC was my favourite. It was cooked to perfection and the vegetables were a very nice break from all the unhealthy eating I’d had so far on the trip.

The Dancing Pig Grilled Cheese at Country Hall Music of Fame, Nashville - Top 10 Places I ate in the USA - Rachel Nicole UK Blogger

The Dancing Pig Grilled Cheese at Country Hall Music of Fame, Nashville

Once we arrived in Nashville we made a beeline to the Country Music Hall of Fame but before hitting up the incredible Shania Twain exhibition we visited the in-house 222 Restaurant. The menu in here is very Southern Kitchen with Fried Chicken and Biscuits, lot’s of hickory sauce & even fried pie. I went for “The Dancing Pig” Grilled Cheese which was BBQ pulled pork with cheddar cheese & a gouda cheese sauce. Not really a combo I thought I’d even like but it was pretty damn incredible.

Brisket Sandwich, Brady, Texas - Top 10 Places I ate in the USA - Rachel Nicole UK Blogger

Brisket Sandwich at Fat Boy’s BBQ, Brady, Texas

Whilst driving through Texas, we made a stop off in Brady which is the most central point in the state. Otherwise known as “The Heart of Brady”. Around this point, I was hot, tired and getting rather hangry. We pulled into a place called Fat Boy’s BBQ which is an outdoor BBQ, very Texan. I got a Beef Brisket sandwich which came with crisps and a drink for like $7 – Bargain. It was the most unbelievable sandwich I’ve ever had, we all were talking about this place constantly afterwards.

In-N-Out Burger - Top 10 Places I ate in the USA - Rachel Nicole UK Blogger In-N-Out Burger - Top 10 Places I ate in the USA - Rachel Nicole UK Blogger

In-N-Out Burger, the West Coast

Did you really think I would do a post like this and not include In-N-Out Burger?! I may have mentioned this burger joint just a couple of times in my past posts but honestly, it’s my favourite. In-N-Out is only really on the West Coast so whilst I was in California I made sure to go quite a few times. It’s also really not expensive and really amazing quality. Can I just back to America for In-N-Out or is that too extreme?

Soup in Sourdough Bread Bowl at Boudin, San Francisco - Top 10 Places I ate in the USA - Rachel Nicole UK BloggerSoup in Sourdough Bread Bowl at Boudin, San Francisco - Top 10 Places I ate in the USA - Rachel Nicole UK Blogger

Soup in a Sourdough Bowl at Boudin, San Francisco

I was really lucky to spend a lot of time in San Francisco and it was a city that I really fell in love with. Luckily, I had a lot of time to try some of the eateries in the area. One of the first places I came across was the Boudin Bakery at Fisherman’s Wharf which was selling all kinds of freshly baked goods. There was a little cafe which you could enjoy sandwich’s but the most popular thing seemed to be their Sourdough Bread Bowls. I went for the Tomato Soup in a Sourdough Breadbowl but you could also get Stews and Clam Chowder in these bowls. Although it was a lot of bread, I loved it and ended up going back to Boudin at their Union Square location in Macy’s. I’d certainly recommend this place if you’re looking for lunch in San Fran.

Ghirardelli Square, San Francisco - Top 10 Places I ate in the USA - Rachel Nicole UK Blogger Banana Split, Ghirardelli Square, San Francisco - Top 10 Places I ate in the USA - Rachel Nicole UK Blogger

Banana Split at Ghirardelli, San Francisco

Ghirardelli is another famous business established in San Francisco. Ghirardelli is very much famous for their chocolates and sweet treats. After watching the sunset over the Golden Gate bridge, I headed over to Ghirardelli Square where there was a rather large queue but it was worth it. I ended up getting a Banana Split and it was delicious but the experience of going to the original Ghirardelli location was pretty cool. There are also lot’s of cute shops in Ghirardelli Square selling unique Souvenirs – I wanted it all!

Thanksgiving Dinner at The Trident, Sausalito - Top 10 Places I ate in the USA - Rachel Nicole UK Blogger Thanksgiving Dinner at The Trident, Sausalito - Top 10 Places I ate in the USA - Rachel Nicole UK Blogger Thanksgiving Dinner at The Trident, Sausalito - Top 10 Places I ate in the USA - Rachel Nicole UK Blogger

Thanksgiving Day Dinner at The Trident, Sausalito

We didn’t really have any plans for Thanksgiving but we decided to drive out of San Francisco and head over the Golden Gate Bridge. I’d heard that Sausalito was worth visiting and is a small little seaside town with beautiful views of the city. En route, I was literally googling restaurants which looked decent for lunch and came across The Trident which was a 60’s style seafood place. I didn’t even consider that most places would have a Thanksgiving Menu but as soon as we realised, we were there for it.

Our Thanksgiving Day Meal was pretty pricey but 100% worth it. I can now say that I’ve had quite the authentic experience with a delicious Turkey dinner. We were also seated in the outside area which meant we had an incredible view of the bay and even some sea lions made an appearance. For Dessert, we all had a melt in the middle chocolate pudding, it was truly heavenly.

Pebble Beach, 17 Mile Drive - Top 10 Places I ate in the USA - Rachel Nicole UK Blogger

Beef Rib Potato Skins at The Tap Room, Pebble Beach Resort on 17 Mile Drive

The 17 Mile Drive from Monterey to Carmel-by-the-sea was one of my favourite places to drive along in California. We stopped off for lunch at the Pebble Beach Resort which is home to one of the most expensive and famous golf courses in the world. There were quite a few different restaurants but we opted for The Tap Room which is an All-American Tavern. It’s actually quite funny as I ordered a Brisket Sandwich (as seen in the photo) but I’m actually highlighting the Beef Rib Potato Skins which my friend had. We ended up swapping as I was drooling at the Potato Skins. I’m gutted I don’t have a photo but they were life-changing.

Be Our Guest, Walt Disney World - - Top 10 Places I ate in the USA - Rachel Nicole UK Blogger Be Our Guest, Walt Disney World - - Top 10 Places I ate in the USA - Rachel Nicole UK Blogger Be Our Guest, Walt Disney World - - Top 10 Places I ate in the USA - Rachel Nicole UK Blogger

Braised Pork at Be Our Guest, Walt Disney World

Of course, I had to include somewhere I ate at Walt Disney World into my Top 10. There’s so many amazing snacks and restaurants across the resort. We managed to get some last minute reservations for lunch at Be Our Guest which is a Beauty and the Beast themed restaurant. It’s also my favourite place to eat in Walt Disney World, the theme of Be our Guest is on-point. Last time, I got a sandwich which I wasn’t too impressed with but I got Braised Pork this time and it was lovely. Also, we didn’t forget to try The Grey Stuff and of course, it was delicious! It’s a great place to go for a quick-service meal if you can get the reservation.

There’s also a few other things I need to mention such as Beignets from New Orleans, Hershey’s Triple Chocolate Brownie from Pizza Hut and literally anything from IHop. Oh and also the Bellagio Buffet in Las Vegas! I hope this Top 10 Meals post hasn’t made you *too* hungry. I currently really want to get on a flight back just to experience all this food again.

Where would you like to have ate from my Top 10 list?

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12 Comments

  1. March 13, 2018 / 9:36 pm

    Wow it looks like you had lots of fun and some gastronomic feasts on your trip!

  2. March 13, 2018 / 11:17 pm

    Oh my goodness! I want to go and try all of these! They all sound amazing, it is crazy how different the food in the US can be!

  3. March 14, 2018 / 8:10 am

    So much good food to appreciate. One of the things that I enjoy when I travel is trying out the local places. I think it’s awesome that you’re sharing your top 10 meals. Everything looks amazing and I totally agree with your last one.

  4. March 14, 2018 / 8:39 am

    So much delicious food!!!! I’m so hungry now that I’ve looked and read through your blog..!!

  5. Jem
    March 14, 2018 / 11:45 am

    I love the USA and trying all of the different food combinations. All your meals look lovely.

  6. March 14, 2018 / 6:57 pm

    What a great foodie tour! The US really do know how to cook meat! The banana split would be our favourite! Yummy!

  7. March 14, 2018 / 7:51 pm

    I am so glad you had such a great time in the states! The food you had all looks so delicious!

  8. March 14, 2018 / 10:20 pm

    Ohhh I am such a big foodie so was loving all your suggestions and photos, I can’t pick my favourite but the desserts look amazing!

  9. March 15, 2018 / 8:32 am

    Love the look of the soup in a sourdough bowl – I could actually just eat that right now lol x

  10. March 15, 2018 / 4:40 pm

    Oh wow I’m so hungry now and that banana split! I so can’t wait until we can go to America so many of the foods you have shared are what I need.

  11. March 15, 2018 / 10:55 pm

    Oh my god what an amazing selection of meals. I adore Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches, such a great flavour, and I love the look of The Dancing Pig Grilled Cheese

  12. March 20, 2018 / 10:12 am

    I am gutted we didn’t eat at Be Our Guest – will definitely make sure we do next time

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