Knowing what foods we should and shouldn’t be eating can be really confusing, especially when it feels like the advice changes regularly. However, evidence suggests that as well as affecting our physical health, what we eat may also affect the way we feel.
Here’s a look at the best foods you can order, as ranked by top chefs, food writers and travelers across the country.
Beef Brisket in Austin, Texas
Is anything so good that it’s worth waiting four hours or more to eat? The beef brisket at Franklin Barbecue in Austin is that good, and that’s why they made the top of the list. The brisket is seasoned with salt and black pepper, then cooked “low and slow” in oakwood smoke until it’s fall-apart tender. With fans including Anthony Bourdain and Barack Obama, it’s worth the wait.
Hamburger in New York, New York
Head to Bill’s Bar & Burger near Rockefeller Center for a classic cheeseburger or Emily in Brooklyn for a more extravagant option: an Emmy Burger made with dry-aged beef, cheddar, charred onions, cornichons and Korean-style sauce, served on a pretzel bun.
Buffalo Wings in Buffalo, New York
Whether you like them spicy, mild or somewhere in between, buffalo wings have become a tasty vehicle for all kinds of saucy flavors. The most popular origin story says Buffalo wings were invented at Anchor Bar by owner Teressa Bellissimo in the 1960s. The Bellissimo family insists the dish was accidental, but we’re more than OK with that!
Beignets in New Orleans, Louisiana
The first of many New Orleans’ foods to make the list, beignets at the 150-year-old Cafe du Monde are a classic taste of the Big Easy. A beignet is a deep-fried square piece of dough with a hot and crunchy outer crust and chewy doughnut center that’s covered with a generous amount of powdered sugar.
Doughnuts in Portland, Oregon
One look at the long lines outside Voodoo Doughnut and you know something good is happening inside! Fans flock to the Portland shop for their flavorful creations, but it’s the Bacon Maple Bar that continuously takes the cake.
Anything at Chez Panisse in Berkley, California
Chez Panisse is one of the inspirations for the “California cuisine” style of cooking. Launched nearly 50 years ago by farm-to-table pioneer Alice Waters, the restaurant focuses on local, sustainably farmed ingredients. The upstairs café features an a la carte menu, while the restaurant downstairs has a new set menu daily.