9 Fantastic Small Food Towns (PHOTOS)

by AOL Travel Staff Subscribe to AOL Travel Staff's posts Posted Apr 19th 2011 07:30 AM



Restaurants in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles have all won awards, been lauded by critics time and again, and often serve as landmarks in many travelers' memories. But what about those towns people pass by on their road trips to San Francisco or flights over the country?

There are small towns all across the U.S. that you could easily pass by not knowing what you're missing. Places like Evanston, Ill., Danville, Calif., and Ithaca, N.Y. are serving food to rival that of any award-winning meal in neighboring cities. From holes-in-the-wall to fine dining hidden treasures and from "down home" Southern cooking to delicious sushi, the options are manifold.

On a future weekend excursion, check out one of these nine towns that should prove surprisingly tasty.

Text and photos courtesy of The Daily Meal.

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Doug Buenz

Thank you for the suggestions.. I haven't been to some of them and I will sometime soon.

Doug Buenz – Danville Homes for Sale Realtor
Pleasanton, Dublin, San Ramon, and Tri-Valley Real Estate Agent

June 26 2011 at 6:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I love both of those places. Lamonte' is by far one of the best restaurants in town, tastefully consistent....it's one of those restaurants that you can always count on for top of the line creative dishes & impecable service! a

April 26 2011 at 7:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Katie Langlois

Boulder, Colorado was named "Foodiest town in America" by Bon Apetit magazine in 2010. I think this qualifies a nod.

April 20 2011 at 4:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Katie Langlois

I meant deserves a nod.

April 20 2011 at 4:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

So you left off Athens, Georgia. Atlanta quality food at college town prices. Weaver D's Soul Food is the finest I've ever had anywhere. East-West Bistro, The Five and Ten, Speakeasy, and so many other fabulous restaurants make this a comparable stop to Lawrence, KS and others on your list.

Btw, Tellers, Wheatfields Bakery, Freestate Brewing Company and La Prima Tazza are just amazing places in Lawrence, KS.

I live in West TN foodie hell right now. Gotta get back to the amazing goodness...

Thanks for the piece.

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April 19 2011 at 10:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I am so there! I need to go to Ashville fpr a few days!

April 19 2011 at 9:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Amy Brewer

Ya heard

April 19 2011 at 8:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This seems legit enough, but Evanston? A "small town"? Please. As a fellow Illinoisian, I can tell you---as can pretty much anyone with a map--that Evanston is a great place, but small? I don't think so. Also, as a Chicago suburb, albeit a great one, it doesn't count. There are many worthwhile places to visit, but it's hardly anywhere you'd miss or not consider if you're in the area. I'd like to read more about places that are farther afield from big cities, AOL Travel. Not a "miss" entirely, but not a "hit" either.

April 19 2011 at 6:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Where is Yountville, California. This whole list is bogus without Yountville. Ask any foodie with any knowledge of destination small towns with great, great restaurants.

April 19 2011 at 5:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

You forgot Charlottesville, Va

April 19 2011 at 3:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply