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CITY GUIDES

DOCUMENTING INDEPENDENT RESTAURANTS ACROSS AMERICA

Pig's Pick

WARNING: CULINARY ADVENTURE

Disclaimer, if things like exotic flavors, culinary roulette or dirty counters scare you, then turn away now; this site is not for everybody. But if you're looking for a little culinary adventure in your life, then my guides are the map to the unbeaten path you’re looking for. 

 

Before I travel, I do hours of research, searching out where the locals eat, the places chefs are talking about, and scouring social media posts about that city. I create my pig’s list of places worth going to and map it out weeks in advance. If all I wanted was to go to the most expensive top rated restaurant that would be easy, but I’m searching for more. I’m looking for America’s cuisine: the great local BBQ joint with an hour long line, or the little ramen shop in the Asian district with people just waiting their turn to belly up to the counter and order a bowl of piping hot Japanese noodles at 10 pm on a Tuesday night. I'm looking for the unsung great independent.

 

These TRAVEL GUIDES are sections of my personal notes; it is how I organize myself before I head out to eat. Each year I explore over 450 independent restaurants, and after rating them on four criteria, approximately 90 make the Pig’s Picks section. The restaurants never know I’m there or pay for the review, so you can trust that if a restaurant made my list, they have something worth going back for.

 

The Pig

ATLANTA, GA

Any trip to A-town isn't complete without a visit to one of the many great soul food joints. 

AUSTIN, TX

The epicenter of Central Texas BBQ, food trucks and just plain weirdness. 

BALTIMORE, MD

Baltimore is a exciting mix of old institutions and new culinary culture, which makes for a new adventure every visit.

BOSTON, MA

Rich with history, lobster, and some culinary treasures. 

BUFFALO, NY

The blue collar bar food city.

CHARLOTTE, NC

The BBQ Queen of North Carolina. 

CHICAGO, IL

The windy city has an unlimited supply of amazing restaurants to choose from.

CLEVELAND, OH

They have some amazing restaurants in this city, but my favorites are the ones that cater to the working man, the unsung hero that built this town.

DALLAS, TX

Texas BBQ, sandwiches, and some great burgers.

 

 

 

DENVER, CO

Home to some of the country’s best bars and the little hole in the walls. Denver is just a damn good food city.

DETROIT, MI

The places I found really knocked my socks off, fantastic Coney islands, creative breakfasts, and unbelievable middle eastern food.

KANSAS CITY, MO

Being a meat packing powerhouse, it is home to some of the Nations best BBQ joints.

LAS VEGAS, NV

I found some true jackpots in the city of lights.

LOS ANGELES, CA

With nearly 4,000,000 people Los Angeles is America’s second largest city, and with such a large population comes dynamic diversity in culture, heritage, and cuisine.

MEMPHIS, TN

A deep and colorful history of bbq and blues.

MILWAUKEE, WI

A culinary foundation built on  Friday fish frys, pub pizza, bratwurst, and of course lots and lots of beer.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN

With more food trucks per capita, Minneapolis is the food truck capital of the mid-west.

NASHVILLE, TN

Home of Nashville hot chicken and country music.

PHILADELPHIA, PA

Great neighborhoods with little restaurants and of course cheese steaks.

PORTLAND, ME

Lobster town U.S.A.

NEW ORLEANS, LA

Great Cajun specialties and amazing nightlife.

NEW YORK, NY

United States biggest city is also our biggest culinary trend incubator. Come see what the pig found on his trip to the Big Apple.

PORTLAND, OR

The street food capital of America. Nothing short of the MECCA of food carts.

SAVANNAH, GA

Old world southern charm with great seafood.

ST. LOUIS, MO

Great neighborhoods with little restaurants.

WASHINGTON D.C.

Food truck capital of the North East.

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