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Unexpected Cities in America With Diverse International Food Scenes

When you think of food scenes, you typically think of locations with certain foods associated with that particular location. For example, Philadelphia – cheesesteaks, Memphis – barbecue, and New Orleans – Po’ boys. There’s no secret to it… it’s an unspoken fact that if you want a certain food (prepared the right way), you sometimes need to go straight to the source.

However, there are certain cities in the U.S. that have a food scene so different than what the city is typically known for that you would never think to visit these cities for such foods.

One of the main reasons we’re seeing these cities pop up on the map for diverse foods is that chefs are relocating from the bigger, well-known cities to the lesser-known areas to open up their restaurants and businesses. So, for example, if you happen to visit Kansas City and notice that they have a thriving Greek food scene, you’ll have a good idea why.

For the Foodie in You

If you’re a true foodie and love being pleasantly surprised by diverse food scenes in seemingly unlikely places, then grab your bags and your appetite. We’re going to explore international food scenes in America and experience flavors of worldly cuisines in the unlikeliest of places!

Food: Vietnamese/Location: Houston, TX

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They say everything is bigger in Texas, and there just might be some truth in that statement! As far as food is concerned, the Vietnamese food scene is getting bigger and bigger. Locations like Les Ba’get, Saigon Pagolac, and Thien Than attract foodies from all over for their mix of traditional and modern Vietnamese cuisine.

Les Ba’get is well-known for its famous fish sauce, perfect for dipping their fresh selection of egg rolls in. Saigon Pagolac is notable for its beef seven ways. In order to find out just how delicious these locales are, you’re just going to have to make a trip to Texas!

Food: German/Location: Richmond, Virginia

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In Richmond, you can honestly get a little bit of everything as far as food is concerned. You can indulge in a little bit of soul food as well as a little bit of American food. But did you ever expect to be able to dine on German food, too?

If you’re ever in the Richmond area, be sure to stop by Metzger Bar and Butchery. It’s at this German eatery where you can find the best German dishes. Indulge in flavorful dishes such as chicken schnitzels and the traditional German pork knuckle dish called Schweinshaxe.

Food: Creole/Location: Omaha, Nebraska

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Nebraska is primarily known for its agricultural scene, primarily cattle. Therefore, the main dish that Nebraska is known for would definitely be steaks. So with Nebraska being steak country, how odd would it be for Omaha to have a thriving seafood scene?

A lot of people don’t even realize just how sizzling Omaha’s food scene is. The restaurant Plank Seafood Provisions is an Omaha favorite among locals. This seafood sensation brings a coastal flair to the western frontier with an oyster bar, shrimp, seafood Étouffée, and Creole cakes.

The food scene alone is one of the reasons why people flock to Nebraska. If you’re a foodie that loves seafood but you’re also an off-the-beaten-path foodie, Nebraska is the perfect place for you to get your seafood fix! Who knows, you may love it so much you’ll want to move here and find an apartment to get your fix every day!

Food: Ethiopian/Location: Washington DC

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As unlikely as it may sound, Washington DC is a metropolis to Ethiopian restaurants. These restaurants are strategically named after cities in Ethiopia as a means to connect friends and family in the area.

Dukem is a locale that is actually one of the original Ethiopian restaurants in Washington DC. The menu features traditional dishes like Doro Wot – a chicken stew simmered in a red pepper sauce or ginger sauce. It features a cultural show every Wednesday night from 7 pm to 10 pm. Don’t forget to check out the Ethiopian pop music played during business hours.

Food: Everything/Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan

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According to VisitAnnArbor.org, Ann Arbor, also known as A2, has over 300 restaurants in this popular college town. From the plethora of food trucks to many culturally diverse dine-in establishments, visitors to this beautiful city are sure to take their taste buds on a journey around the world.

Detroit.eater.com gives newbies to the city an explanatory food guide to the culturally diverse city. With the University of Michigan there, it attracts people from all over the world. It’s no wonder that Ann Arbor has food for all walks of life there.

Ann Arbor is truly a culinary dream, and it’s hard to pinpoint what type of food is more popular. There’s everything from high-end ramen restaurants to Cuban burgers. Come to Ann Arbor for favorites such as Zingerman’s Roadhouse, Cottage Inn Pizza, Angelo’s, Paleo, Weber’s, Frita Batidos, Tomukun Noodle Bar and more. Your palate won’t be disappointed!


Contributed By Sarah Saker

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