Discover the flavor of a destination through regional specialties, food-centric fun and culinary traditions. Here are five tasty ideas for families to consider.
1. MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
Not far from Graceland, the home of Elvis Presley, is the Arcade Restaurant, a 1950s-style, family-owned diner that serves up Elvis favorites including his go-to sandwich made up of peanut butter and banana on Texas toast. Bacon is optional.
2. PHOENIX AND SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA
There are plenty of reasons to hydrate when you visit the Valley of the Sun: hiking in the desert, biking along the canals or playing golf on top-notch courses. Add some sampling of local salsas and chili-infused taste treats to the list. The TeePee Tap Room has been the choice of presidents, and it’s a family favorite for homemade Mexican food. The Mission, Barrio Queen and La Hacienda are also popular.
3. KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI
You can’t go here without savoring a dry rubbed, slow-smoked slab of barbecued ribs. According to the Kansas City Barbecue Society, more than 100 establishments — including Wabash BBQ, BBQ Shack and Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbecue — serve up a mouthwatering combination of flavors and styles.
4. OHIO’S DONUT TRAIL
There will be a sugary something for everyone when you wander along Butler County’s sweet Donut Trail. The road trip spotlights mom-and-pop-style bakeries where the stories behind the storefront are as interesting as what you’ll find on the doughnut shelves. Created by local tourism officials, travelers can download a map, get stamps on a passport and be rewarded with an official Donut Trail T-shirt for completing the tour.
5. RHODE ISLAND
The Ocean State has a long history of cultivating oysters, one that dates back to the tribes that first inhabited the area. During a New England adventure, take time to learn about the recent boom in aquaculture and how oysters make their way from shallow waters to an icy serving platter. Then enjoy oysters shucked in a dockside seafood shack or dine at top spots such as Hemenway’s in Providence.