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Off-the-radar foodie destinations: where are yours?

We've all heard the praises of foodie destinations such as NOLA, SF, NYC, and so many others. But what about the smaller, unknown foodie Meccas?

In my neck of the woods, Kennett Square, PA has its fair share of very respectable restaurants. In fact, one of the most difficult reservations to secure in the country is the farmhouse table at Talula's Table in Kennett Square. http://eater.com/archives/2012/03/05/...

Are you willing to share the best-kept secrets of YOUR favorite off-the-radar dining destinations?

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  1. Walland, TN, but only at Blackberry Farm.
    Sedona, AZ
    Honolulu, HI

    Hunt

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    1. re: Bill Hunt

      Where can you recommend in Sedona? I go there this weekend and I want great food... particularly desserts!

      1. re: AVCrew

        Elote Cafe
        Garland Lodge
        Enchantment resort

        Rock Springs Pie off I-17 and Rock Springs rd..about 1 hour from PHX.

        1. re: Beach Chick

          Thanks Beach Chick! I ended up not being able to fly out and meet my friends because my son ended up in the hospital. BUT, I passed along the suggestions... so thanks again!

    2. Queen Mary, Long Beach. CA, Liguria Bakery,SF. Coni Seafood, Inglewood.

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        1. re: westsidegal

          ...but only if Sergio is cooking, right?

        1. re: LeoLioness

          Hue has a fascinating culinary history, being the seat of power of the Nguyen lords who ruled imperial Vietnam for much of the 19th century. I read somewhere that the last Nguyen emperor was quite a gourmand. His daily morning tea was brewed using only the dew collected from the lily pads on the lake within the imperial palace in Hue.

          1. re: klyeoh

            Sounds like more of an asshat than a gourmand .

        2. -Manado, Indonesia: known for its fiery cuisine; lots of fish and a whole bunch of animals)

          -Shenzhen, China: you can sample cuisines from all over the country. This might be possible in Beijing and Shanghai, but since Shenzhen was the first special economic zone (SEZ), it received millions of domestic migrants and in turn, their cooking too. Want to try sour and spicy Guizhou (province) fare but have no time to visit? Shenzhen can help.

          To be fair, I lived there, so I can attest to the array of food available, plus its sub-tropical climate means there's one less reason to be lazy about trying something new.

          Jonathan
          http://buildingmybento.com
          http://collaterallettuce.com

          1. Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

            No kidding. This city is famous globally for many things but very little has been written about the dining scene. Since the population is 90% expatriate and 140 nationalities are represented, the dining options are impressive from the high end to the low.

            I have takeaway menus from restaurants ranging from Brazilian to Uzbekistani. Then there's the Indian, practically every region of India plus Sri Lanka is represented.

            The downside is that there's very little street food and the quality of produce available in the markets isn't the best.

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            1. re: Roland Parker

              The climate isn't the best for a wide variety of fresh, local produce, but yep, you can find food from all over the world there, and even maybe something Emirati.

              It's particularly swell if one likes Pakistani and Indian food, and I'd imagine there's a few Filipino places around too.

            2. Sri Lanka. The food is among the best in the world, no kidding. Spiciest, too.

              I married a Sri Lankan and I was lucky enough to learn his mother's recipes straight from her. She's a fantastic cook. And I lived in Sri Lanka for eight years.

              Don't go to non-Sri Lankan restaurants when you're there, though - that food just isn't as good. But hole-in-the-wall Sri Lankan curry joints? Oh. My. Goodness. Fantastic stuff.

              Also, there's a huge vegetarian population, so if you're looking for vegetarian food, you won't have a problem eating there.

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              1. re: LMAshton

                Have you been to Hambantota? I read that a new airport recently opened there.

                Also, what is Jaffna cuisine like?

                1. re: BuildingMyBento

                  I haven't been to Hambantota.

                  Yes, there's a new international airport. There are... controversies. It's built near the jungle, so there have been problems with birds and snakes.

                  Jaffna cuisine I've only had once or twice - I haven't been to Jaffna. Travel to the north has only been open for a couple or three years and we haven't lived in Sri Lanka since that happened.

                  Jaffna is Tamil cuisine, so much closer to the cuisine of Tamil Nadu I believe. From what I've heard and read, it seems that Jaffna cuisine uses more tamarind and tomato in the base of the curries and they use more oils and coconut milk. Beyond that, I really don't know.

                1. re: carolinadawg

                  Agreed, I've had some great meals there.

                  I found some really good spots in Saratoga Springs, NY as well.

                2. Michocan, Mexico. Currently attending the 10th annual gathering celebrating the traditional kitchen . The food so far has been off the chain good.