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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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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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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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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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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Sufganiyot (Israel)

Sufganiyot (Israel)

It’s not uncommon for Jewish people to eat fried food for Hanukkah to celebrate the miracle of oil, which refers to the oil in a lamp in an ancient temple lasting 8 days when there was only enough in the lamp for 1 day. Potato pancakes (latkes) are usually a common staple at the beginning of dinner, but sufganiyots (pictured) – jelly- or custard-filled doughnuts – are the most popular food eaten in Israel during this religious holiday. 960 1280

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Mince Pies (England)

Mince Pies (England)

Christmas dinner in the UK is similar to a typical Thanksgiving meal in US, which is usually comprised of roast turkey or duck with cranberry sauce, served with potatoes and vegetables. In addition to Christmas pudding, mince pie (pictured) is another popular food in the UK. This holiday treat is filled with minced meat, raw beef or mutton fat, fruits and spices. 960 1280

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Panettone (Italy)

Panettone (Italy)

In Southern Italians and Italian Americans celebrate the holidays by eating fish and other seafood for the Feast of the Seven Fishes. However, panettone, is a popular sweet bread loaf that contains raisins, citron, lemon peel shavings and candied orange. It is usually served with a hot drink, sweet wine or crema di mascarpone during Christmas and New Year’s Day. 960 1280

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Tamales (Mexico)

Tamales (Mexico)

With Aztec and Maya origins as early as 8000 to 5000 BC, tamales are a popular food eaten in Mexico during the holidays – sometimes replacing traditional turkey or bacalao. This delicious holiday treat – filled with meats, cheeses, fruits, vegetables and chilies – is usually wrapped in corn husks or plantain leaves and steamed to perfection. 960 1280

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Bûche de Noël (France)

Bûche de Noël (France)

Looking for something sweet in France? Don’t miss out on tasting the bûche de noël! This traditional dessert is a frosted sponge cake filled with chocolate buttercream or other flavored fillings. The cake resembles a yule log. In the medieval era, families would gather and throw a yule log on a fire at the end of December to welcome the Winter Solstice. The ashes were saved for good luck.  960 1280

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Melomakarona (Greece)

Melomakarona (Greece)

Pork, egg-lemon chicken and rice soup, christopsomo, baklava and yaprakia are few traditional Greek food and dishes eaten during the holidays. Top it all off with melomakarona cookies made with cinnamon, cloves and orange. After they come out of the oven, the baked goods are dipped in spiced syrup and sprinkled with nuts. 960 1280

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Babka (Poland)

Babka (Poland)

The first star seen starts the big Christmas Eve feast in Poland. Twelve dishes, usually a variety of fish and vegetables, are served as a reminder of the 12 Apostles. Beetroot soup, carp, pickled herring, potato dumplings and cabbage rolls are a few dishes served. Don’t eat too much and save space in your stomach for some delicious babka or cake. 960 1280

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Kentucky Fried Chicken (Japan)

Kentucky Fried Chicken (Japan)

It’s not uncommon to see a crowd at the local KFC during the holidays in Japan. Why? Because it’s usually the popular food choice for Christmas dinner since turkey is nonexistent in the country. Japanese patrons have been known to place their KFC order 2 months in advance. So plan ahead and place your order early if plan on celebrating a Christmas like the locals. 960 1280

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Saffron Buns (Sweden)

Saffron Buns (Sweden)

Swedish meatballs, Christmas ham, sweet and sour red cabbage, mulled wine, sliced beet root and an assortment of other goodies are traditional holiday food in Sweden. Don’t forget to add a basket of saffron buns – spiced sweet buns flavored with saffron, cinnamon or nutmeg. 960 1280

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Kutia (Ukraine)

Kutia (Ukraine)

Start your 12-dish meal on Christmas Eve in the Ukraine with kutia, a sweet grain pudding made with wheat berries, poppy seeds, raisins, honey or sugar and milk or cream. 960 1280

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Christstollen (Germany)

Christstollen (Germany)

Taste christstollen, the German version of fruit cake eaten during the Christmas season. The traditional German cake is filled several ingredients such as almonds, cinnamon, dried fruit and marzipan. 960 1280

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Spiced Hot Chocolate (Peru)

Spiced Hot Chocolate (Peru)

Add chili to sweet hot chocolate and you’ve just made a traditional holiday drink in Peru. Spiced hot chocolate, served with panettone (traditional Italian bread), is usually given to the poor or less fortunate leading up to Christmas. Similar to Mexico, Peruvians holiday staples include tamales and roast turkey. 960 1280

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Stroopwafels (Holland)

Stroopwafels (Holland)

These deliciously thin treats are a traditional dessert in Holland. Stroopwafels’ or syrup waffles’ main ingredients are butter, brown sugar, syrup and cinnamon. Try ginger nuts, Dutch Christmas bread and bishop’s wine if you’re looking for other traditional food and drink to sample in Holland or the Netherlands during the holidays. 960 1280

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Kimchi (South Korea)

Kimchi (South Korea)

Don’t stay in … take your significant other out for a romantic dinner at a restaurant if you’re in South Korea. It’s normal for families to go out for Christmas dinner and attend holiday-themed events at local venues and theme parks. Kimchi is a year-round staple for families dining in for the holiday. After all, it is Korea’s national dish. 960 1280

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Egg Nog (US)

Egg Nog (US)

Turkey, apple cider, candy canes, Christmas cookies, gingerbread, fruitcake are typical traditional foods served during the holidays in the US. But eggnog – made with milk, cream, sugar and whipped eggs – is a popular holiday treat, too. Add brandy, rum or bourbon to warm cold spirits and garnish with cinnamon or nutmeg for a decorative touch. 960 1280

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Universal Studios Florida

Universal Studios Florida

Visit Universal Orlando Resort, commonly known as Universal Orlando, which consists of Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure, Universal CityWalk Orlando and 3 Loews hotels, which include Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel and Loews Royal Pacific Resort. Universal Studios features rides, attractions and activities based on pop-culture icons, Hollywood blockbuster films and hit television shows. 960 1280

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Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Wizarding World of Harry Potter

On Flight of the Hippogriff at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, climb into a wicker Hippogriff to go on a training flight and ride on Flight of the Hippogriff, a family-friendly rollercoaster at the theme park. 960 1280

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Superstar Parade

Superstar Parade

We all love a parade, and you’ll love Universal Orlando Resort’s Superstar Parade even more. Watch as creative floats with hundreds of performers create a whole new level of fun and excitement. During the parade, some of today's most beloved characters and their stories are brought to life in the streets of Universal Studios. Sing and dance along with your favorite characters, including Nickelodeon's SpongeBob SquarePants and Dora & Diego, as well as the minions from the blockbuster animated feature Despicable Me 960 1280

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Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

Guests at this hotel enjoy spacious guest rooms featuring authentic Italian furnishings, impeccable and attentive service, an opulent spa, 3 themed swimming pools and a few restaurants, including Mama Della’s Ristorante and Trattoria del Porto. 960 1280

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Transformers: The Ride 3D

Transformers: The Ride 3D

Universal Orlando Resort's blockbuster attraction is Transformers: The Ride 3D. The groundbreaking ride, created under license from the toy and board game company Hasbro and based on its iconic Transformers brand, will allow fans to experience the intergalactic battle between the Autobots and the Decepticons. 960 1280

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Wet 'n Wild, Blastaway Beach

Wet 'n Wild, Blastaway Beach

Cool things down at Universal's Wet 'n Wild, founded by SeaWorld creator George Millay. We recommend checking out the water park’s newest attraction, Blastaway Beach, featuring a sand-castle-themed water playground, 2 pools and a 60-foot sand castle with more than 160 interactive toys and 15 slides. 960 1280

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The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man

The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man

Have fun with the Spidey! The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man is one of the most popular theme park experiences at Universal Orlando Resort. With all-new enhancements -- including 4K digital high-definition ride animation, an Infitec 3-D projection system, new music score and 3-D "Spider-Vision" glasses -- guests will see incredible details, including the stitching on Spider-Man's gloves. 960 1280

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Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville

Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville

Close your eyes. Lean back. Sip the ultimate margarita in Margaritaville, where every corner brings to life a different classic song by the restaurant’s owner, music legend Jimmy Buffett. Pair you margarita with some of the tasty food on the menu, including the Volcano Nachos, Jerk Salmon, Tuscan Turkey Burger or Jimmy’s Jammin’ Jambalaya. 960 1280

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Hollywood Drive-In Golf

Hollywood Drive-In Golf

Hollywood Drive-In Golf at Universal CityWalk features two 18-hole courses based on classic drive-in era horror and sci-fi movies. Have fun with the entire family. Tee off through the open mouth of a giant space worm or the basement laboratory of a towering haunted house. 960 1280

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The Red Coconut Club

The Red Coconut Club

It’s the hottest spot at Universal CityWalk and one of Orlando's most popular hot spots. Where tropical meets trendy, Red Coconut Club patrons can kick back and relax or dance the night away to a live band every night that features classic favorites of the '60s and '70s as well as original renditions of today's contemporary music. 960 1280

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Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit

Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit

Hop on the Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit for a unique rollercoaster ride. This coaster gives guests the ability to choose from 30 songs, from 5 music genres, to create the soundtrack to their ride. After the thrill of braving this rollercoaster, riders can create a personalized take-home video using cutting-edge technology. 960 1280

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Incredible Hulk Rollercoaster

Incredible Hulk Rollercoaster

Feel the power of the Incredible Hulk as Dr. Bruce Banner's gamma-ray accelerator launches you on a high-speed rollercoaster rampage, accelerating to 40 mph in just 2 seconds. 960 1280

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Islands of Adventure

Islands of Adventure

Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure theme park is where innovation is combined with powerful storytelling and incredible adventure. The Cat in the Hat, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Doctor Doom’s Fearfall and Storm Force Accelatron are just a few popular rides found at the 110-acre theme park. 960 1280

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Jurassic Park River Adventure

Jurassic Park River Adventure

Take a leisurely raft ride through the backwaters of Jurassic Park. The water ride allows the curious to see and be seen by friendly dinosaurs -- until something goes terribly wrong, placing guests face-to-face with a gigantic T. rex! 960 1280

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