Fans of food know just how many hidden treasures there are in North America. From hole-in-the-wall diners to upscale culinary experiences, the United States and Canada have plenty of restaurants to satiate any appetite. If you’re planning a cross-continent road trip, add the following destinations and their best eateries to your list.
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As the capital of Manitoba, Winnipeg has a lot of dining options. One of the city’s best choices is Segovia Tapas, which serves up modern Spanish cuisine in small, bite-sized plates to let you try several dishes. Of particular note are the Iberico Charcuterie, patatas bravas, and fried quail.
In the mood for something more filling? Try Clementine, a cafe that specializes in breakfast. It’s the perfect spot for brunch, with items like Brussels style waffles, a braised bacon benedict, and fried chicken on toast. If you can’t decide where to go, just book a hotel downtown to be close to numerous options.
Westfield is well known for its massive Grand Park, a 400-acre complex with 26 baseball and softball fields and 31 multipurpose fields. Quench your after-game hunger at Local Eatery and Pub. This hometown favorite features a number of fusion American entrees, including chicken and waffles, fish tacos, and a beef tongue sandwich.
For an equally satisfying meal, check out Rail Epicurean Market, an eatery that serves food out of a barn. This restaurant has a number of unique offerings, including the rock crab roll, challah melt, and duck and hash entree. Book a hotel close to here so you can enjoy both lunch and dinner.
Ottawa is the capital of Canada, so prepare for an immense number of culinary delights. Fraser Cafe is a good place to start if you want to try quintessential French cuisine. All menu items are seasonal, but expect to find options like polenta and meatballs, rainbow trout, and tempura vegetables with soy-buttered noodles.
For a less pricey option, try Chez Edgar, a small eatery that you’ll probably have to wait to get a seat at. It also doubles as a bakery, and customers swear by the Dutch Baby pastry. Anywhere you stay in Ottawa offers mouthwatering dishes, so don’t be afraid to book an Ottawa hotel in any of the downtown neighborhoods.
After a long day at the John Deere Commons at the John Deere World Headquarters in Moline, grab a meal at Lemon Grass, an Asian restaurant that serves up popular street food options. Offerings include fat noodles with pork belly and luk shin ping, which are homemade beef balls.
Those who don’t appreciate Asian cuisine will be better served at the River House Bar and Grill, a classic American pub with belly-warming meals. Try Valenito’s Volcano Burger, which comes with queso, barbecue sauce, and onion straws, or Angie’s Jambalaya, which includes sauteed shrimp, seasoned chicken, and andouille sausage. This establishment is right on the river, so book a hotel nearby for stellar views.
Naturally, these are just a few of the comestible delights available in these cities. The best way to uncover other delectable eateries is to ask the locals. Everyone will have an opinion on the matter and can provide you with a complete food itinerary for your entire trip.