Taste of Tennessee

When in Tennessee, do as Tennesseans do: slather a slice of country ham in red-eye gravy, throw back a glass of Jack Daniel’s or dig into a plate of Memphis dry-rub barbecue.

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El Indio, San Diego, CA
El Indio

El Indio

Countless Mexican restaurants call San Diego home, but when you’re searching for the ultimate Mexican food, go no further than El Indio. This restaurant serves up a triple threat of tamales, taquitos and tortillas that have made them world famous! 960 1280

  

El Indio

El Indio

Don’t fill up too much on these corn-alicious creations, because El Indio also boasts a tenacious taquito. In fact, they invented this north-of-the-border Mexican specialty! 960 1280

  

El Indio

El Indio

The third jewel in El Indio’s culinary crown is their tasty corn tortilla -- every last one is cooked fresh daily. 960 1280

  

Yuca's Taco Hut

Yuca's Taco Hut

Rising up from a parking lot in the busy Los Feliz, CA, neighborhood is a small taco stand that’s big on flavor -- Yuca’s Taco Hut. 960 1280

  

Yuca's Taco Hut

Yuca's Taco Hut

All of Yuca’s tacos -- from cochinita pibil to carne asada to machaca and carnets -- are handmade and topped with Yuca’s special salsa. 960 1280

  

El Charro Café

El Charro Café

Make sure to take in the serene setting of El Charro's festive patio in Tucson, AZ. 960 1280

  

El Charro Café

El Charro Café

The Carne Seca is served with re-fried beans, rice, queso and cactus -- a classic Mexican side. Once this delicioso dish is plated and ready to go, it’s a fiesta of flavor! 960 1280

  

El Charro Café

El Charro Café

The famous Carne Seca is also served Italian style, on a large tortilla like a pizza. 960 1280

  

Bone Garden Cantina

Bone Garden Cantina

The meals at Bone Garden Cantina in Atlanta, GA, are so genuinely Mexican that you could stamp “Hecho en Mexico” on each savory plate. 960 1280

  

Bone Garden Cantina

Bone Garden Cantina

This oasis of enchiladas, tamales and tacos is the brainchild of Kristen and Michael Benoit -- a married couple from Los Angeles who brought a passion for Mexican folk art and authentic south-of-the border foods to the southeast. 960 1280

  

Guelaguetza’s

Guelaguetza’s

The signature mole negro from Guelaguetza’s in Los Angeles, CA, starts with ingredients that come straight from Oaxaca. 960 1280

  

Guelaguetza’s

Guelaguetza’s

While many Oaxacan restaurants serve only one or 2different moles, Guelaguetza makes all 7 of the Mexican state’s traditional sauces. And those looking for a more complete sampling can order the Festival de Moles. 960 1280

  

Tomasita’s Burritos Grande

Tomasita’s Burritos Grande

After just one bite of Tomasita’s Burritos Grandes in Santa Fe, NM, you’ll see why local food critics have named them the best New Mexican cuisine in the city! 960 1280

  

Tomasita’s Burritos Grande

Tomasita’s Burritos Grande

What really sets Tomasita’s Burritos Grandes apart is the red and green chile sauces that smother each burrito. 960 1280

  

Joe T. Garcia's

Joe T. Garcia's

Brothers Joe and Lanny Lancart oversee this 1200-seat sprawling hacienda in Fort Worth, TX, that’s continually packed with hungry patrons. 960 1280

  

Joe T. Garcia's

Joe T. Garcia's

Joe T. Garcia's in Fort Worth, TX, serves up simple but sensational food. 960 1280

  

Joe T. Garcia's

Joe T. Garcia's

Don't forget to finish your meal at Joe T's with an authentic and delicious dessert 960 1280

  

Tapas
Tapas

Tapas

A spread of Spanish tapas, small plates of food meant to be enjoyed before dinner, which typically isn't served until 9 or 10 p.m. 960 1280

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Jamon

Jamon

If there is one thing the Spanish love, it's their jamón ' shown here, hanging on racks ready for purchase! 960 1280

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seafood

seafood

Much Spanish cuisine is heavily influenced by the locally available seafood. 960 1280

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Calamari

Calamari

Calamares fritos (you guessed it, fried calamari) is a common Spanish tapa. 960 1280

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Gazpacho

Gazpacho

Glasses of refreshing gazpacho soup, a chilled and blended mix of tomatoes and other raw vegetables. 960 1280

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Spanish olives

Spanish olives

An assortment of Spanish olives, some of the most flavorful in the world. 960 1280

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paella

paella

A chef prepares traditional Spanish seafood paella. 960 1280

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Tortilla

Tortilla

Tortilla española, or a 'Spanish omelet,' is a traditional dish made with potatoes, eggs and olive oil. 960 1280

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Jamon, chorizo and olives

Jamon, chorizo and olives

Jamón serrano, chorizo and olives are universal Spanish favorites, common in all regions of Spain. 960 1280

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Flan

Flan

Flan de huevo al caramelo, a caramel-topped Spanish dessert. 960 1280

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Chocolate con churros

Chocolate con churros

Chocolate con churros -- hot chocolate and strips of fried dough. But don't think this is like any other hot chocolate ' it's so thick you can rest your spoon (or churro) on it! 960 1280

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Arroz con leche

Arroz con leche

Arroz con leche, a Spanish rice pudding. 960 1280

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sangria

sangria

You can't forget Spanish sangria ' but watch out for that fruit! It's loaded with more wine than you think. 960 1280

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