“I'll have what she's having” is arguably one of the most recognized lines in movie history. Rob Reiner and Nora Ephron's 1989 “When Harry Met Sally” humorously explores the difference between men and woman and whether or not they can really be friends. Sally, played by Meg Ryan, is depicted as a picky eater who wants things the way she wants them. She's eating a deli sandwich in the classic scene, proof that movie food scenes layer theme into cuisine.
If you ask ten New Yorkers where to find the best New York-style pizza, you’re likely to get ten different answers. In the city that boasts the first pizzeria in America (that’s Lombardi’s, for the uninitiated) pizza isn’t a food: It’s a genre, a dietary staple, and a hot button question. Some call the buzzy DiFara’s the last word in pies, others swear by L&B Spumoni Gardens for its slices. Still others come to fisticuffs over the superiority of Joe & Pat’s over John’s of Bleeker Street.
Ahhh, the dog days of summer in Maine, when truly, the weather cooperates for dogs and their humans to dine al fresco at some of the state’s best restaurants.
While state law does prohibit canines other than registered service animals from indoor table service, many eateries do open their patio seating areas to man’s best friend.
It’s summer in New Hope, Pennsylvania. Located a quick 45-minute drive from the bright lights of the big city Philadelphia, this tiny town of less than 2,500 shares its sister’s swampy August weather. But even when the heat and humidity soar, visitors still flock to New Hope. They just slow down a bit, booking alfresco tables at waterside restaurants like The Landing and Martine’s Riverhouse Restaurant where the cooling breeze off the Delaware encourages patrons to linger longer.
It’s neither your imagination nor a fake fad dreamed up by a marketing team. The Steel City, once known more for football championships than culture, really is undergoing a restaurant Renaissance that just might turn it into the next big dining destination. With none other than Food & Wine and The New York Times gushing over its eclectic offerings, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania’s cuisine has become about much more than pierogies.
Themed food trails keep popping up nationwide. If we were to map the routes all out on a map the lines might look like a plate full of spaghetti.
The appeal is simple: Visit a place famous for a certain type of food and don’t enjoy that tasty dish just once, have it a whole heck of a lot. Indulge while you’re in the best place to get that specific yumminess. Dig in and discover how different chefs give that local specialty their own special twist. Satisfy your curiosity and specific craving. Calories don’t count on vacation, right?