Restaurants to Plan a Trip Around

How far are you willing to travel for a great meal? Maine or Illinois? Of course. Mississippi and Canada? Why not. Australia? Let’s do it. Here are five restaurants worth lots of travel time. You can easily plan an entire trip around each one of them.

Photo: Hidden Pond

Kennebunkport: Go to Maine. Stay in a popular beach town. Sleep in a cozy bungalow with a screened porch. Step into a restaurant to find potted plants, a preserved apple-tree chandelier, and the delicious mixture of seafood and fresh-from-the-garden vegetables from a James Beard Award-winning chef.

Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Evanston: Go to Illinois. Take a day trip to a suburb on the North Shore. Explore a new foodie destination with farm-to-table restaurants, coffee shops, breweries, and distilleries.

Photo: Saint Leo

Oxford: Go to Mississippi. Stay in a college town in the Deep South. Eat at a restaurant that was a semifinalist for the James Beard Foundation’s Best New Restaurant of the Year a few years ago.

Photo: The Butternut Tree

Edmonton: Go to Canada. Stay in the capital of Alberta. Sleep in a boutique hotel with individually decorated, high-tech rooms. Eat at a restaurant whose menus explore Canadian cuisine using regional and foraged ingredients.

Photo: Restaurant Orana

Adelaide: Go to Australia. Stay in the capital of South Australia. Eat at a restaurant that was twice named Australia’s Restaurant of the Year and was placed on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list.

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