Photos: America's Best Food Regions

Forget New York and Los Angeles! We're heading across the country—from the desert to the bayou to old steel towns—to find the most authentic regional fare from coast to coast.

  1. Middendorf's Seafood Restaurant in Akers, La.

    (Michael Mohr)
  2. Louisiana's Abita Brew Pub.

    (Michael Mohr)
  3. Fishing boats in Akers, La.

    (Michael Mohr)
  4. Simple boiled crabs, a Louisiana area speciality.

    (Michael Mohr)
  5. Lisa Breaux, a waitress at Spahr's Seafood in Des Allemands, La.

    (Michael Mohr)
  6. The 1895 clapboard building that houses Nobile's in Lutcher, La.

    (Michael Mohr)
  7. A shrimp po'boy and crawfish cakes at Abita Brew Pub in Abita Springs, La.

    (Michael Mohr)
  8. The waterfront deck at Middendorf's Seafood Restaurant, in Akers, La.

    (Michael Mohr)
  9. Thin fried catfish at Middendorf's in Akers, La.

    (Michael Mohr)
  10. Fields of zinnias at Sauvie Island Farms, in Portland, Ore.

    (Courtesy Sauvie Island Farms)
  11. Handmade peirogies at Pierogies Plus in McKees Rock, Pa.

    (Courtesy Pierogies Plus)
  12. The Fort Pitt Bridge and the Pittsburgh skyline.

    (Michael Turek)
  13. Baker Pratt Morales at Golden Crown Panaderia in Albuquerque, N.M.

    (Courtesy Pierre's Garden)
  14. Pit master Pablo Garcia at Smitty's Market.

    (Darren Carroll)
  15. Smitty's Market in Lockhart, Texas.

    (Darren Carroll)
  16. The smoked sausage and Brisket at Smitty's.

    (Leann Mueller)
  17. City Market in Luling, Texas.

    (Christian Patterson)

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