Your Guide to Authentic Regional Eats
In Pensacola, fuel up on golden pancakes and sausage-and-potato burritos in the bright, open space at Polonza.
A coal-fired oven at Patsy’s yields classic northeastern Italian-American pizzas. An essential New York experience.
Hap’s is a Phoenix BBQ where meats are rubbed with spice and slow-cooked with smoke. Lamb and chicken are the two outstanding dishes.
The chef/owners, the bread, and the meat in this Augusta eatery all come from Philadelphia, making for a tip-top cheese steak & other fine sandwiches.
A laid-back Seattle neighborhood cafe specializing in breakfast and lunch, Hi Spot is known for huge scones and cinnamon rolls as well as copious omelets.
Mr. Beef is one of Chicago’s premier sources of the sloppy, big-flavored Italian beef sandwich. Add spicy giardiniera as a condiment.
Carmen’s is home to eclectic comfort food with a twist, such as carrot-whipped mashed potatoes with bacon and Spanish lump crab toasts with buttery manchego.
Excellent New Mexico food at family-run Nopalito of Las Cruces: crisp-edged chilies rellenos, stacked enchiladas with beans and cheese and a fried egg on top.
Carbone’s of Hartford, Connecticut, has been serving white-tablecloth Italian fare since ’38. For a big deal, old-world meal, it reigns supreme.