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Which State(s) do you enjoy eating in outside of the Midwest?

The Midwest has a lot of great Foods, Chefs & Restaurants, especially Cleveland, but what would you claim as a Top Eating Destination outside of this beautiful area? New York & Florida are nice for me & I've been to both Destinations quite a bit.

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  1. I'm going back to Fort Lauderdale this month, and I know I'll be eating well down there. I certainly did last year!

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    1. re: boagman

      Now's definitely the time for Stone Crabs, at least as far as I'm located around. They're ever so good. If you like Crabs, you'll love Stone Crabs for sure. You've also got good Grouper, Flounder, Snapper, Etc… down there in Florida.

      1. re: ShowUsYourRack

        Not a fan of crab, except in the form of crab cakes, which some might find to be blasphemous, but I don't care. Never have thought too much of crab or lobster by themselves.

        I like all three of those fishes, though. And FL is great for such things. My best meal in Fort Lauderdale came here:

        http://www.seatherestaurant.com

        Two out of three courses were absolute home runs. Really, really great.

        1. re: boagman

          Well, I also know that some people oddly prefer canned Tuna over real, fresh Tuna, so to each his own. Florida simply has great Fish because it's fresh off the water, similar to how Ohio has the best fresh Lake Erie Walleye, ya know?

          1. re: ShowUsYourRack

            I raise my hand when the "canned over fresh" tuna thing is brought up. Again: it might be "wrong", but I don't care. ;)

    2. Low country cuisine in South Cairolina and Georgia rock my boat.

      I have never been disappointed stopping at various Que shacks around Smokey Mountain National Park.

      1. Florida-Conch Fritters, Key Lime Pie

        Maryland-fried Blue Shell Crab

        Maine-Lobster Rolls

        Hawaii-Ramen

        Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, southern California-Mexican food

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        1. re: PotatoHouse

          The only time we fry blue crab in Maryland is when they are "busters" - crabs that have shed their shells and the new shell hasn't hardened yet. On menus, that is known as soft-shell crab. Otherwise, we steam the crabs. This is far more common than soft-shells.

          Generally speaking, the food sold in Texas is Tex-Mex, not Mexican (of any of the Mexican cuisines). New Mexico has its own unique twist on dishes that originated in northern Mexico.

        2. Almost anywhere in the south. Birmingham, AL has some great restaurants, a destination I will go out of my way to dine there. Savannah, Atlanta, Charleston, SC, Nashville...don't think of missing Husk and reserve early...weeks.

          1. Louisiana because of New Orleans. New York because of the city and the great seafood in Long Island.

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            1. re: jarona

              Buffalo Wings are obviously quite good & my Uncle lives in Buffalo, so...