Top 10 U.S. Cities for International Foods

Whether you’re on the hunt for tapas, a pho bowl or spicy noodles, here are the 10 cities across the U.S. you'll want to be when you’re craving exotic flavors from around the world. 

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Breakfast All Day

Breakfast All Day

Breakfast All Day
At B.A.D. Burger in New York City, the B.A.D. stands for "burgers/breakfast all day" -- a perk that's on the radar of many foodies. Open 24/7, this comfort-food joint serves up classic breakfast options (steak and eggs, anyone?), as well as vegan alternatives (such as shroom burgers), for cravings from dusk till dawn -- and beyond.
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Bread Upon Request

Bread Upon Request

Bread Upon Request
There's nothing quite like warm bread right out of the oven, and many restaurants are catching on to the idea. At Fishtails Café in Newport, OR, the bread is baked fresh daily. So are the muffins, biscuits and pies.
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Sustainable Food

Sustainable Food

Sustainable Food
At Triangle Char and Bar in Mount Pleasant, SC, the ingredients are homegrown and sustainable. The head chef has developed relationships with area farmers and bakers to provide the freshest bar food around, such as burgers made from local grass-fed beef.
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Steve Cole  

Small Portions

Small Portions

Small Portions
Tapas, antojitos, small plates -- call them what you will, but this trend isn't leaving the culinary scene anytime soon. Restaurants such as Oyamel, a Mexican eatery in Washington, DC, are giving patrons the opportunity to taste many different plates at once.
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Spicy Food

Spicy Food

Spicy Food
Part of the fun of dining out is getting the chance to taste cuisines from around the world -- especially spicy ones. If you’re looking for watery eyes and beads of sweat on your brow, head to new Thai restaurant Stang of Siam in Baltimore for its drunken noodles.
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Menu Narrative

Menu Narrative

Menu Narratives
Menus can showcase a chef's vision for the food he prepares. At Pican restaurant in Oakland, CA, the menu tells the story of Southern culinary traditions; it includes complimentary corn bread and a comprehensive bourbon guide.
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Siri Stafford  

Veggies for Dessert

Veggies for Dessert

Veggies for Dessert
A few restaurants are surprising diners with vegetable-themed desserts. Del Posto in New York City proudly serves celery sorbet with a fig sweet-and sour-sauce, giving patrons a great excuse to eat dessert first.
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Mobile Technology

Mobile Technology

Mobile Technology
Restaurateurs are seeing the advantages of finding technology at their tables. Lark Creek Steak in California uses tablet computers to display its menu. Diners can see photos of the farm where their steak was sourced and what it will look like when it arrives tableside.
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Andrei Spirache  

Fine Dining Burgers

Fine Dining Burgers

Fine Dining Burgers
A burger can be so much more than fast food. With locations in Georgia and Alabama, Top Chef's Richard Blais's Flip Burger Boutique artfully crafts burgers with toppings such as pomegranate ketchup, seared foie gras and cucumber relish -- not all together, of course.
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Dennis Gottlieb  

Fine Dining for Kids

Fine Dining for Kids

Fine Dining… for Kids
Fine dining no longer has to exclude the kids. High-end French country restaurant Sel de la Terre in Boston offers a kids' menu, with choices such as chicken fingers or grilled cheese with pommes frites. Mom and dad no longer have to sacrifice fine dining for family-friendly fare.
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Catherine Yeulet  

Má Pêche

Má Pêche

Celebrate New Year’s Eve in the heart of Midtown at this modern American restaurant. Má Pêche is offering a special New Year’s Eve 4-course prix fixe chicken and rice dinner that includes a champagne toast at midnight. 960 1280

  

Commerce

Commerce

Wax nostalgic for a bygone Manhattan era at Commerce's historic Greenwich Village space. Amid the restaurant’s Art Deco murals, classic cocktails and cozy booths, you can reminisce about Old New York while you toast to the New Year. 960 1280

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Aroma Kitchen & Winebar

Aroma Kitchen & Winebar

This East Village Italian restaurant and wine bar focuses on regional Italian dishes and seasonal specialties. Chef Vito and his team are hosting an intimate celebration, featuring a 5-course menu that includes risotto lobster Bolognese and pan-seared Crescent Farms duck breast with wine pairings.  960 1280

Winnie Jeng  

Soccarat

Soccarat

Transport yourself to Spain on New Year’s Eve. Gather your friends and prepare to share tapas and paella at this charming space in Midtown. Grapes will be provided for the "12 grapes of luck" tradition of eating a grape with each bell strike at midnight. 960 1280

Kirsten Thoen  

Affaire

Affaire

Ring in the New Year Parisian-style without leaving the East Village! This cozy French bistro's New Year’s Eve party includes 3 rooms of music by in-house and guest DJs, a 5-hour open bar, hors d'oeuvres and a champagne toast at midnight. Dress code is semi-formal or burlesque … if you really want to get into the mood. 960 1280

  

Centro

Centro

Have a “Buon Anno Nuovo!” at this Italian hot spot in the West Village. Go all out with a 5-course menu or choose the 4-course menu -- antipasti, primi, secondi and dolci. Indulge one last time before New Year's resolutions kick in with the decadent homemade dolci. 960 1280

  

TOY Restaurant

TOY Restaurant

For a memorable New Year’s Eve, head to this Gansevoort Hotel hot spot for dinner and a show. Laser lighting, aerialist performances and cutting-edge DJs make this “multi-sensory, stimulating fantasy playground” the setting for an extraordinary night.   960 1280

  

Bistro Chat Noir

Bistro Chat Noir

This is every Francophile’s dream spot for ringing in the New Year. This slice of Paris on the Upper East Side is hosting a masquerade ball on New Year’s Eve, with 3 seatings. The first is kid-friendly, the second has a Broadway pop show, and the third has the Broadway pop show and a midnight toast. And if you can’t get enough, come back for the bistro’s New Year’s Day brunch.  960 1280

Kirsten Kay Thoen  

Jungsik

Jungsik

Treat yourself to modern Korean cuisine this New Year's Eve. TriBeCa's Jungsik is offering 2 New Year’s Eve seatings: a 4-course prix fixe spread and a 10-course option. Splurge with a wine pairing add-on for the special night. 960 1280

Kirsten Thoen  

Ditch Plains

Ditch Plains

Food Network star and chef Marc Murphy's New York-style fish shack is a lively spot to ring in the New Year. With its informal vibe and casual chic dress code, Ditch Plains is a fuss-free option for the big night. 960 1280

Kirsten Kay Thoen  

White River State Park

White River State Park

Spanning across 250 acres of downtown Indianapolis, White River State Park is a little piece of tranquility in a bustling capital city. The park hosts plenty of fairs and festivals all year long and has lots of green space for locals and tourists to enjoy on a sunny day. Inside the park, you’ll find numerous other attractions, including the Indianapolis Zoo, Victory Field and the Eiteljorg Museum. 960 1280

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Indiana War Memorial Plaza

Indiana War Memorial Plaza

The Indiana War Memorial Plaza contains so many tributes that it single-handedly makes Indianapolis the U.S. city with the second-most monuments dedicated to veterans (based on number per acre). The plaza contains two museums, three parks and 24 acres of memorials in total. 960 1280

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Hinkle Fieldhouse

Hinkle Fieldhouse

Hinkle Fieldhouse is home to the Butler University basketball team, the Bulldogs, as well as a sports landmark in its own right, thanks to its role in the 1986 feature film "Hoosiers." The venue was the stage for the dramatic state championship game and final scene, in which small-town Hickory High School defeats a much larger school from South Bend. The movie was loosely based on the run made by Milan High School in the 1954 Indiana state basketball championship. 960 1280

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Indianapolis Museum of Art

Indianapolis Museum of Art

Art lovers should definitely check out the Indianapolis Museum of Art while visiting the city. The museum has a collection of more than 500,000 works of art. It also features national and international traveling exhibitions throughout the year. Take a stroll through the 100-acre Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park, located adjacent to the museum. Or visit the Oldfields-Lily House & Gardens to get a glimpse into the lives of Indianapolis’ most interesting and prominent families. 960 1280

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Lucas Oil Stadium

Lucas Oil Stadium

Lucas Oil Stadium is home to the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts and the site for Super Bowl XLVI. The multipurpose facility, which has a retractable roof, seats more than 67,000 fans. Ranked as the NFL’s best artificial surface in both 2009 and 2010, the field has hosted the Big Ten football championship and the NCAA Men’s Final Four basketball championship. 960 1280

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Circle Centre Mall

Circle Centre Mall

Go shopping at the Circle Centre Mall, which features more than 100 places to shop and dine. The indoor mall also has a movie theater located on the fourth level. City Market, Shadeland Antique Mall, Castleton Square, Fashion at Keystone and Broad Ripple Village are other options where you can get your shopping fix. 960 1280

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The Canal Walk

The Canal Walk

Jog along the Central Canal or take a stroll through the 250-acre White River State Park. The Canal Walk, a three-mile loop, is a popular urban respite for fitness enthusiasts and serenity seekers. This downtown waterfront is dotted with paddleboats, gondolas, bicycles and Segways. The one and only urban state park in the city hosts popular festivals. In the summer, the Lawn has a waterfront stage and seats 8,000. It’s the perfect spot to see first-rate concerts. 960 1280

Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association  

NCAA Hall of Champions

NCAA Hall of Champions

Indianapolis is big on college sports because it’s home to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Sports fans will enjoy a trip to the NCAA Hall of Champions. On the first level, all 23 NCAA sports are represented. Current team rankings, video highlights and artifacts donated from schools nationwide are on display. The second level, a fully interactive area, includes a media room to watch current games and a 1930s-style basketball gymnasium. Admission is $5 or less. 960 1280

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Soldiers and Sailors Monument

Soldiers and Sailors Monument

The 284-foot-tall State Soldiers and Sailors Monument, located in the center of Indianapolis, was erected in honor of Hoosiers who served in the American Revolution, the War of 1812, the Mexican-American War, the US Civil War and the Spanish-American War. Get a spectacular view of the city from the monument’s observation deck for $2. The Colonel Eli Lilly Civil War Museum is located in its basement. 960 1280

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Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Indianapolis Motor Speedway

This racing facility has a capacity of up to 400,000 people and hosts both the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR’s Brickyard 400. It was also the site of the US Grand Prix for Formula One from 2000 to 2008. Make sure you stop by the Hall of Fame Museum and the Brickyard Crossing Golf Resort, both of which are located on the grounds of the speedway. 960 1280

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Indianapolis Zoo

Indianapolis Zoo

Looking for a fun trip for the family? Visit the Indianapolis Zoo, which is located in White River State Park. Open since 1964, the zoo has grown into a world-class attraction that sees a million visitors each year. It plays a major role in worldwide conservation and research, too. While you’re there, stop by the stunningly beautiful, 3.3-acre White River Botanical Gardens. 960 1280

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Conrad Indianapolis

Conrad Indianapolis

Looking for a luxury hotel when visiting Indianapolis? Try the Conrad Indianapolis, which was chosen as one of Condé Nast Traveler’s picks for top U.S. hotels. It offers travelers fine dining, the luxurious Evan Todd Spa & Salon, and a fantastic location in the heart of the city. The Westin Indianapolis, the Omni Severin Hotel and the Canterbury are a few other hotel choices. 960 1280

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Victory Field

Victory Field

Opened in 1996, the home of the Indianapolis Indians (a minor league affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates) sits smack-dab in the middle of downtown. It has been recognized as the best minor league ballpark in America by Baseball America and Sports Illustrated and is a must-see for baseball lovers. 960 1280

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MacNiven’s Restaurant and Bar

MacNiven’s Restaurant and Bar

Grab a beer and food at MacNiven’s, a Scottish-American restaurant located in the heart of the Massachusetts Avenue Arts and Entertainment District in downtown Indianapolis. The pub offers hearty fare with an impressive craft beer selection. Try the Slippery Noodle Inn, too. It’s Indiana’s oldest bar and the home of the blues in the Hoosier State. 960 1280

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Cafe Patachou

Cafe Patachou

Cafe Patachou is just one of several amazing restaurants in Indianapolis. This popular spot prides itself on using locally grown and often organic ingredients to make all of its delicious dishes. Other popular restaurants in Indy include R Bistro, Naked Tchopstix and Iozzo’s Garden of Italy. 960 1280

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Bankers Life Fieldhouse

Bankers Life Fieldhouse

Completed in 1999, Bankers Life Fieldhouse (formerly called Conseco Fieldhouse) is the home court for Indianapolis’ pro basketball team, the Indiana Pacers. It was voted the No. 1 venue in the NBA in 2005, 2006 and 2007, according to Sports Business Journal surveys. 960 1280

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St. Elmo Steak House

St. Elmo Steak House

St. Elmo Steak House has been a landmark in downtown Indianapolis since 1902, serving delicious steak, seafood and chops. If you’re looking for lighter, fast-food fare, we suggest you head to Bazbeaux Pizza, Boogie Burger or King David Dogs. 960 1280

Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association  

The Vogue

The Vogue

Located in Indy’s Broad Ripple neighborhood, Vogue is one of the most popular nightclubs in the city, featuring DJs who spin '80s, dance and Top 40 music. The former porn theater packs in the crowds for big dance parties. It also hosts national touring singers, rappers and bands. Club Tropicana, Blu Martini, Pepper 2, Tiki Bob’s Cantina, Subterra Lounge, Greg’s and Mineshaft Saloon are just a few other hot spots. 960 1280

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The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

Indianapolis is home to the largest children’s museum in the world. Built in 1925, the 472,900-square-foot facility has tons of exhibits for kids young and old. 960 1280

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The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art

The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art

Founded in 1989 by local philanthropist Harrison Eiteljorg, the museum that bears his name houses numerous collections of art and cultural objects. It is situated in downtown Indianapolis and prides itself on offering different exhibits that not only entertain, but also engage visitors. 960 1280

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