Top Five Food and Wine Cities

Most travelers enjoy having a few unique dining experiences when they go on vacation. Here’s a look at five popular spots where the food and wine can knock your socks off.

San Francisco is one of the best restaurant towns in the West, and it also has a reputation for catering to special dietary requests from vegetarians, vegans and the gluten-free crowd. With its close proximity to both Napa and Sonoma Valley, San Francisco made Fodor’s Top 10 Cities for Wine Lovers list in 2013.

New York also made Fodor’s Top 10 list for Wine Lovers. The Big Apple is such a melting pot of people and cultures that you can sample mouthwatering cuisine from across the globe. Fodor’s recommends sampling vino in both fine restaurants and nitty gritty wine bars such as Winegasm in Queens. Top restaurants include L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon, Chef Daniel Boulud’s casual eatery, Bar Boulud, and Thomas Keller’s Per Se, an urban take on his California restaurant, The French Laundry, located in Yountville, about an hour from San Francisco.

New Orleans often tops the list of foodie destinations for many travelers. With its mix of southern, French and creole cooking, New Orleans cuisine keeps travelers coming back for second and third helpings of food and drink. Famed restaurants include Commander’s Palace, Brigtsen’s and Café du Mond. The first two specialize in creole cuisine, while Café du Monde is known for its chicory coffee and beignets. Several local chefs, including Frank Brigtsen teach cooking classes. Recognizing that nothing pairs better with fine food than wine, New Orleans has a blossoming wine scene that includes Bacchanal and W.I.N.O., the Wine Institute of New Orleans, where you can also learn about wine.

Las Vegas, once famous for cheap food, now is best known for celebrity chefs like Joël Robuchon. His two fine dining restaurants at MGM Grand placed first and third on Zagat’s Top 10 Las Vegas restaurants list for 2013. Sage at the Aria, Lotus of Siam inside a local strip mall, Restaurant Guy Savoy at Caesars Palace, Picasso at Bellagio and Michael’s at the South Point Hotel also made the list. And nothing goes with fine food like great wine. The DailyMeal.com reports that Las Vegas has more master wine sommeliers than any other city in the U.S.

Park City, Utah may not initially seem to be in the same league as the other four cities. But for fans of world-class American cuisine, Park City is hard to beat. And it excels at farm-to-table dining because it has a wealth of local farms that provide produce and meat. USA Today recommends The Farm, Apex at the Montage and Mariposa for a meal with wine pairing. Each July, the city hosts the four-day Park City Food & Wine Classic.

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Sources: http://www.fodors.com/news/photos/10-best-cities-for-wine-lovers

http://www.neworleans.com/restaurants/best-new-orleans-wine-bars/ and personal experience in NOLA

http://blog.zagat.com/2013/01/10-best-restaurants-in-las-vegas.html ; http://www.thedailymeal.com/wine-lovers-itinerary-las-vegas]

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