The 20 Most Iconic Food Destinations Across America
Every city has that one place that tourists and locals alike go to for local flavor. Which one is the best?
- By Marina Koren
- Smithsonian.com, August 07, 2013
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Colorado green chili isn’t native to Colorado, but that hasn’t stopped restaurants like The Cherry Cricket from serving it up as their trademark dish. The original opened in 1945 in the owner’s living room, moving to its current home in 1950. Once owned by current Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, the restaurant mainstay is “a bowl of green,” featuring browned pork, tomatoes, onions and diced green chiles famous for their spicinesss and flour tortillas. Burgers are big here too, with 21 toppings from cream cheese and jalapenos to melted peanut butter and fried egg. In 2009, Food Network star Aarón Sánchez named the restaurant’s half-pound Cricket Burger, which is slathered in green chili, the best burger he ever ate.