Eat Your Way Through These 10 Tasty Food Trails
There are wine trails and ale trails, but there's nothing better or more delicious than a food trail. From doughnuts to pizza to oysters, these are the most road trip-worthy food trails across the country you need to devour.
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Buffalo Wing Trail
It’s hard to believe that a Buffalo Wing Trail has only just now been designated in Buffalo, NY, but by all accounts, it was well worth the wait. Your taste buds will be awed by uniquely flavorful wings at all 12 stops along the trail, including Glen Park Tavern, Duff’s and Anchor Bar, the birthplace of Buffalo-style chicken wings. Whether you like your wings sweet and savory or fiery hot and spicy, get your wet naps ready for a full-flavored crawl along this sticky trail.
If you crave doughnuts as much as Homer Simpson, then the Donut Trail in Butler County, OH is just what you need. The trail marks its second anniversary this year, adding two new stops, Holtman’s Donuts and The Donut House, for a total of 12 family-owned doughnut shops. Look for tummy-tempting doughnut flavors all along the trail, like s’mores, banana pudding, cheesecake and even an orange juice-flavored doughnut. Download a passport and earn a free t-shirt if you make every stop.
Cajun Bayou Food Trail
To celebrate the spicy flavors of the region, the Cajun Bayou Food Trail has landed just 45 minutes from New Orleans, in Lafourche Parish. The trail includes 15 restaurants, as well as six festivals and events, like the Wild Game Supper in February and the Louisiana Gumbo Festival in October. Print out a passport from the website and earn a free t-shirt when you complete seven stops, though you'll want to make more stops for overstuffed shrimp po' boys, jambalaya, and char-broiled oysters. Delish.
A to Z Foodie Trail
In January, Travel Iowa, the state’s tourism bureau, began to promote the A to Z Foodie Trail to showcase the best of Marion and Mahaska Counties in south-central Iowa. The trail features 26 stops, each for a different letter of the alphabet. For example, make a stop at Jaarsma Bakery in Pella or Oskaloosa for Dutch Letters (for the letter "D") and Frisian Farms Cheese House in Leighton for Gouda Cheese Curds. You’ll also find area coff, e, ale and wine along the trail.
“Walk of Flame” Green Chile Trail
The "Walk of Flame" Green Chile Trail in Las Cruces, N.M. isn’t new — it started five years ago and now features 25 stops — but it is a fan favorite, boasting numerous accolades. New stops are regularly added when restaurants and retail shops incorporate new green chile-flavored offerings, like the green chile mac 'n cheese at Dragonfly and the green chile pecan brittle at Las Cruces Candy Co. Need even more green chile inspiration? Try the Green Chile Cheeseburger Trail, which boasts more than 50 stops across New Mexico.
Lowcountry Oyster Trail
In South Carolina, the new Lowcountry Oyster Trail is gearing up to entice seafood lovers to come and stay awhile when it launches at the Bluffton Seafood and Arts Festival in October in tandem with the official start of oyster season. Flavorful dishes like Oysters Rockefeller and Blackened Local Wreckfish with Fried Oysters and Rice Middlins at Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks on Hilton Head Island will showcase the most flavorful oysters of the region. Can’t wait until the fall opening of the trail? Head north to the Virginia Oyster Trail, which made its debut in 2015.
Connecticut Pizza Trail
We all fell in love with Connecticut’s pizza after one viewing of 1988’s coming-of-age classic, Mystic Pizza. Maybe that’s why it’s so awesomely delicious that there’s a Connecticut Pizza Trail featuring 68 pizza joints across the state. While the number of stops along the trail has not changed since the trail debuted in 2015, the restaurants are constantly adding new, delicious offerings, even expanding to let neighboring states get a taste of their pizza pies. Frank Pepe’s Pizza of New Haven, well-known for its White Clam Pizza, arrived in Warwick, RI last month.
Alabama BBQ Trail
There are a wide variety of delicious barbecue styles, from Carolina to Memphis to St. Louis, so rather than start a war over which is best, why not get to Alabama, which boasts the highest percentage of barbecue restaurants as compared to every other state. Download the new mobile app to explore the Alabama BBQ Trail. Find nearby barbecue joints, earn badges to share your progress with friends and get text alerts when you’re near barbecue restaurants you’ve been eager to try, like Saw’s BBQ in Birmingham and Jim 'N Nick’s in Homewood.
Kentucky State Parks Culinary Trail
It’s easy (and delicious) to eat your way across Kentucky thanks to the new Kentucky State Parks Culinary Trail, which winds hungry travelers across nine state parks, each serving up special regional meals through Oct. 3. For example, at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park in Prestonsburg, enjoy salmon patties, fried potatoes, cucumbers-tomatoes-onions with an Italian dressing and a blackberry jam cake at the park’s Music Highway Grill. The state may be best known for the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, but foodies will devour the delicious fare all along this trail.
Get ready to wash the tasty food trail flavors down on the brand new Margarita Mile in Dallas, which includes 17 stops of slushy deliciousness. Why Dallas? Because it’s where the frozen margarita machine was invented in 1971, of course. And the world hasn’t been the same since. Try the delightfully authentic La Ventana Margarita at Taqueria La Ventana or the jalapeno- and mint-infused Summertime Sadness Margarita at Nickel and Rye. Ah, refreshing. Download the free mobile app to help guide you from frozen to rocks and back again.