Chicago
Eat fresh Mexican food in Pilsen, grab a bubble tea in Chinatown, and go to Little Ukraine’s famous bakeries to see why people visit Chicago just to eat. If stuffed pizza and Chicago-style hot dogs are your thing, eat your way across the city in all the restaurants that claim to have originated those Chicago classics. Chicago has some of the best steak houses in the country as well as up-and-coming artisan butcher shops and gastropubs, and if you follow the reality cooking show Top Chef, you’ll want to eat at Rick Bayless’s Xoco and Stephanie Izard’s Girl and the Goat. To splurge, book a reservation at Alinea, one of the top molecular gastronomy restaurants in the world.