Culinary traditions can often enrich a destination. Help your family develop a taste for travel with local specialties from across the country. Here are four tasty ideas to consider.
1. Memphis, Tenn. A visit to this Southern gem may well include a stop at Graceland, the home of Elvis Presley. Not only did the Memphis Flash love music, but he was also well-known for his passion for creative comfort food. Not far from his legendary digs, you'll find the Arcade Restaurant, a ’50s-style, family-owned diner that serves Elvis favorites including his go-to sandwich: fried peanut butter and banana on Texas toast. Bacon is always an option. Details: www.arcaderestaurant.com.
2. Phoenix-Scottsdale, Ariz. There are plenty of reasons you'll need to hydrate in the Valley of the Sun: hiking in the desert, biking along the canals or playing golf on top-notch courses. Add sampling local salsas and chile-infused treats to the list. The TeePee Tap Room has been the choice of presidents and is a family favorite for those seeking homemade Mexican food since 1958. Details: www.teepeemexicanfood.com.
3. Kansas City, Mo. You won’t want to visit this Midwestern town without savoring a dry-rubbed, slow-smoked slab of barbecued ribs. There are more than 100 establishments blending a mouthwatering combination of flavors and styles, according to the Kansas City Barbecue Society. Among the favorites: Wabash BBQ, BBQ Shack and Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbecue. Details: www.visitkc.com.
4. Rhode Island. The Ocean State has a long history of cultivating oysters, one that dates to the tribes that first inhabited the area. During a New England adventure, learn about the recent boom in aquaculture and how oysters make their way from shallow waters to an icy serving platter.
Whether you slurp those shucked in a dockside seafood shack or at top spots like Hemenway’s, in Providence, your family will gain a new appreciation for this fresh delicacy. Details: www.hemenwaysrestaurant.com.