Food lovers are in for a real treat when they visit New England! The region has an excellent food culture, with local chefs treating the region’s exquisite natural produce with skill, creativity and respect.
While New England cuisine is certainly famous for its traditional seafood fare, such lobster rolls and clam chowder, the modern food scene is vibrant and diverse.
Here’s a flavour of what to expect…
People from all round the world have made Boston their home and it’s no surprise that awesome ethnic foods can be found in the city’s neighbourhoods. Boston’s Chinatown is one of the biggest in North America and a great place to try authentic regional Chinese cuisines. Located at the end of the Freedom Trail, Boston’s North End is a thriving and buzzing Italian quarter, with dozens of amazing eateries.
The city also has a great range of food halls, such as Time Out Market Boston, Hight Street Place and Faneuil Hall Marketplace, where you can get outstanding food at inexpensive prices.
Did you know that the hamburger sandwich was invented in Connecticut? This American classic was first created in Louis Lunch diner in New Haven for a customer in a hurry in 1900, and this iconic local institution has been serving the juicy patties on white toast ever since!
New Hampshire is famous for its excellent dairy produce and there are lots of fantastic artisan ice cream producers right throughout the state. There’s even an Ice Cream Trail for visitors to follow and try out these luscious cool treats as they work their way through the beautiful countryside.
Newport, Rhode Island is twinned with Kinsale, Co. Cork and the two towns share two passions: sailing and food! Newport’s food scene is cosmopolitan and diverse, and visitors can sample everything from local classics such as ‘stuffies’ (stuffed clams) to world-class Japanese ramen.
The people of Vermont take their cheese seriously! So much so, there’s a dedicated Vermont Cheese Trail to introduce you to more than 45 award-winning cheesemakers who produce over 150 small-batch, sheep, cow and goat specialty cheeses.
Maine lobster is rightly famous throughout the world for its excellent quality and no trip to the state would be complete without sampling this New England classic. Expect sweet and tender meat but be sure to get a lobster bib because it will get messy! From incredible seafood to edgy food trucks, check out more information on Maine’s incredible food scene here.