5 Tasteful U.S. Trips

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In Breaux Bridge, LA., Café Des Amis is a must for Saturday breakfast. Listen to music played on the guitar, washboard, and accordion.
Courtesy Sara Roahen, Southern Foodways Alliance
A crawfish boil in Louisiana.
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Chef Robert Stehling serves up a perfect version of shrimp and grits at Hominy Grill in Charleston, S.C.: local shrimp sautéed with bacon, scallions, and mushrooms over cheddar- and Parmesan-spiked grits.
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Hominy Grill is part of the culinary vanguard in Charleston.
Hominy Grill in Charleston prepares all of its meals from scratch with fresh, locally raised ingredients.
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Hominy Grill's Big Nasty consists of a biscuit with a fried chicken breast, cheddar cheese, and sausage gravy.
In Cerrillos, N.M., on Highway 14, you'll recognize the San Marcos Café from the gaggle of chickens, peacocks, and turkeys noisily clucking about an Old MacDonald–type ranch.
Santa Fe's Coyote Café has been around since 1987 and is responsible for new New Mexican cuisine. In this dish, black beans, guacamole, and sour cream accompany a burrito-like entrée.
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The road from Santa Fe to Albuquerque is Highway 14, a.k.a. the Turquoise Trail, a scenic byway that is home to a disproportionate number of authentic New Mexican restaurants.
It's a bit of a splurge, but Hen of the Wood in Waterbury, Vt., is well worth it for its local rib eye with fingerling potatoes and grilled leeks.
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Pretty falls in Waterbury, Vt., set the stage for the 15 or so outside seats at Hen of the Wood, a restaurant in a converted gristmill.
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On Wisconsin's Door Peninsula, you're almost guaranteed to happen upon roadside fish boils, farm stands loaded with fresh apples and juniper berries, and even a replica of a 12th-century Norse-style building.
Wisconsin's Door Peninsula, sandwiched between Green Bay and Lake Michigan, is a foodie haven. The scenic drive includes views of many lighthouses, such as this one on Cana Island.
At the Old Post Office Restaurant in Ephraim, Wis., veteran "boilmaster" Earl Jones presides over the 20-gallon kettle. After eating the buttery potatoes, onions, and fish, be sure to try the cranberry pie.

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