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Sep 7, 2008 12:20 PM

Foodie drive tour in America - help needed from the UK!



I am researching to plan a fly and drive to the USA.

I would like to tie in discovering more about some of the national foods of the USA and would greatly appreciate any ideas and suggestions of a route, and the corresponding foods.

There will be myself and my partner, we will hire perhaps a rv and will spent 10-14 days travelling around March 2009. We are interested in Texas, New Mexico, Nevada and want to get off the beaten track.

Any help would be a wonderful help to us, thank you.

  1. You could try posting this query in the individual regions where you plan on going. A book that might be helpful is "Roadfood" by the Sterns - some might think that its suggestions are too obvious, but the majority of places that I've tried from the book were worth it.

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    1. re: superkatie

      Many thanks for your advice Katie, I will re-post in the areas, great idea - I really should have thought of that!

      I will look for the book on Amazon right now!

      Krista x

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      1. Wow, that's almost like saying someone is visiting Spain, Italy and France and what to eat ... but not as easy as that.

        I'm not a fan of the Sterns Roadfood book or website. Maybe because the suggestions in my home state of California are so cheesy and bad. If you do use the Stern's book, it might be a good idea to follow up on Chowhound by posting on the state boards with specific restaurant names .... does 'xxx' make the best 'xxx' in the city of 'xxx' ... type of thing.


        Texas would be BBQ, chili, sweet tea, Mexican, Tex-Mex (not the same), chicken fried steak, biscuits and gravy.
        New Mexico - Native American food like fry bread, hatch peppers (especially green chile stew), bizcochito
        Nevada - the true state food... the buffet

        OK, just slightly kidding about that last ... slightly.

        The Food timeline is an excellent site in general and has some wonderful suggestions and links for shusshing out state foods

        Also there are a few Chowhound threads like this one about state foods

        Brisket ... how could I forget Texas and brisket. If you search that particular Chowhound link and find a few others, you'll see suggestions like this one


        1) chicken fried steak (with mashed potatoes, biscuit, all swimming in country gravy
        )2) breakfast tacos (with chorizo)
        3) fried okra!
        4) fajitas
        5) enchiladas verdes (or really anything with a tomatillo sauce), enchiladas with sour cream sauce
        5) brisket (personally prefer pit bar b q like at Cooper's in Llano)
        6) pho (large Vietnamese population in Houston and Dallas)