Comfort food: It's the stuff that makes us feel good. Biting into that burger or pizza or fries sends our synapses spinning with glee, reminding us of a time, real or imagined, when life was just.... better somehow. It's that culinary reassurance the editors of Food Network Magazine were looking for when they went hunting for 10 of America's best comfort food locations.
The finest food destinations offer dynamite dining punctuated by a little je ne sais quoi, something that makes them more than just a great culinary experience... they're an amazing adventure, forever etched in our memories. Here's ten of the best... from romantic sunsets in Big Sur to secret speakeasies, cowboy cookouts to culinary bootcamps. It's the ten dining destinations that should be on everyone's bucket list.
American Classics are simply our national cuisine. Some dishes -- like gumbo, cheesesteak, or clam chowder -- define specific regions. Others, like hot dogs and hamburgers, are beloved Americana, the American dream on a bun. These dishes are simple, without pretension, the country in a nutshell.... er... on a plate. Food Network Magazine hit the highways and byways of this great land of ours, sneaking into roadhouses and holes in the wall, in their unrelenting quest to uncover ten of America's Best American Classics.
When we were kids, we lived for our desserts. We grimaced through the broccoli and asparagus to get to the promised land at the end of the meal - that mountainous bowl of ice cream or ginormous piece of cake. Our desire for sweets remains insatiable, a fact the editors at Food Network Magazine are all too aware. They combed the country for ten of America's best sweets locations. From superlative soufflés and donuts to die for, innovative ice creams and chunky, fruity strawberry shakes.... It's the ten that'll make you go road trippin' for America's best.