New York is home to the country's largest, most diverse and eclectic culinary scene. New York City is certainly the epicenter of all things food-related in the U.S. a place where millions of tourists come to visit and dine, and chefs from around the world come to study and launch new dining experiences. The culinary industry in New York is as expansive as it is varied. Consider the following facts about New York's restaurant industry from the National Restaurant Association (NRA). New York is certainly no stranger to nationally and globally recognized establishments.
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Winston-Salem is steeped in history with culinary roots date back to 1753 with the arrival of the Moravians and German-style foods. So historic, it’s the birthplace of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts. More importantly its food scene expands in every conceivable ethnic direction with restaurants, markets, food trucks, cafes, coffee shops, bars and bakeries that are as diverse as the region’s population. From classic Southern food to Italian, Moravian to vegan, Winston-Salem has it all.
Greensboro is a North Carolinian city where its southern charm attracts families and its new, growing downtown area attracts young adults and college students. The 100-plus restaurants are well-known and attract many visitors from other parts of North Carolina and beyond. If you want to truly experience Greensboro, you’ve got to hit up the food scene. From old favorites like Smith Street Diner, to new pop-ups like Crafted, there is a place for every taste bud in this town. Schools like Virginia College offer comprehensive training for prospective culinary students.
Though the area doesn’t have a big-city feel, when it comes to food, Raleigh-Durham can hold its own against most metropolitan areas. Food trucks, barbecue joints and alfresco patios, Raleigh-Durham offers a little bit of everything, all with classic Southern charm. And because North Carolina has a strong farming tradition, you’re likely to find locally harvested vegetables and meats on most menus, even if they are not part of the farm-to-table movement.
Though cities such as Charleston and Atlanta receive more recognition for having North Carolina’s top restaurants, Charlotte’s food scene is simmering. In recent years, the city has expanded with French, Italian and German restaurants, along with plenty of new farm-to-fork options. Part of farm-to-fork relies on heritage breeds of pigs, cattle and chickens, farm-raised cheeses, organic and sustainably raised vegetables, even local Atlantic caviar, all things North Carolina has in abundance.
North Carolina is a bedrock of southern cuisine, with multiple hotspots for traditional southern fare: barbeque, banana pudding, fried chicken, Cajun-fusion and both Pepsi and Krispy Kreme got their start here. Known for strawberries and blueberries, the state vegetable is the sweet potato. The state is home to numerous food destinations, including Charlotte. In 2016 there were eight semifinalists from North Carolina in the "Best Chef- Southeast" category of the 2016 James Beard Awards, which are widely considered the Oscars of the culinary world.
Allentown, located in the Lehigh Valley (which is comprised of Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton) offers a diversity of food and regional styles of cooking. Influenced by many unique cultures holding long-time ties, tastes like Italian, American, Dutch and even Jamaican are centered here. Of course, more traditional offerings still exist and remain strong, which is why it is not hard to find a cheesesteak, burger or pizza. Food trucks are beginning to stir up the flavors bringing in newer tastes, such as Spanish, Egyptian and good old barbeque.
Pittsburgh, a former blue-collar steel mill town, has seen a stunning renaissance in recent decades, becoming a newly minted hot spot. Pittsburgh has diverse and distinct neighborhoods with a variety of great restaurants and international cuisine. You'll find everything from Japanese to Russian to Irish and Italian all with a dash of organic. The farm-to-table trend has emerged in prominence alongside Pittsburgh's traditional focus on hearty Eastern European food.
Brotherly Love and iconic foods come together in Philly, home to so much good food that tours of the culinary scene have become very popular. Philly cheesesteak, hoagies, soft pretzels and Sicilian pizza are just part of the mix. Add in Thai, Middle Eastern and Italian fare, fine dining and a plethora of neighborhood joints and you have an eclectic mix of regional foods. For students planning a food-related career, the culinary schools in Philadelphia offer an opportunity to learn in an environment saturated by good food and a large and stable job market.
The Keystone State is a big player in the culinary world. This might be surprising since more people know Pennsylvania for the Philadelphia cheesesteak, Pennsylvania Dutch cooking, Philadelphia style porter beer, and being the potato chip capital of the country. But there is so much more. Lancaster County is known for its German-style pretzels, and the country's oldest brewery - D. G. Yuengling & Son, which has been operating since 1829.