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 overindulge 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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?
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 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!
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.
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.
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 are 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 eaten from my Top 10 list?
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