American food wish list for future visits

Pork Tenderloin!


For my cheese fix Igo to La Posada and order their cheese enchiladas or chili relleno. Either dish is cheesy at pretty much any Tex Mex restaurant, but at La Posada they blow away the cheese competition. Mop up takes several tortillas and another beer.



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Is there onion in those enchiladas? I’ve noticed so many first gen Mexicans in my area who would picture a cheese and onion filled enchilada as their first thought of what an enchilada is. Every time I go to a shindig, there they are. I adore them, and the Mexicans adore the vast selection of affordable cheeses here. I told them where to buy the ends for cheap. win wink, nudge nudge, saynomore!

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None. Don’t even think of eating there.

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No obvious pieces of onion, but there might well be onion in the chili gravy. They’ll add chopped onions on top.


Hmm. I’ve eaten a lot of cheese enchiladas locals have made for get togethers, and it was always onion and cheese. These Mexican folks come from Oaxaca, Veracruz (Jarochos!), Guanajuato and Michoacan.


I used to always see those and love them, but I realize I haven’t had any enchiladas for way too long :confused:. time to rectify!


Where have you visited in the US and what have you eaten in the past 6 months since you posted?

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I haven’t been to the States since my last trip to Washington DC , Maui, Kauai, Oahu, Manhattan, and North Canton Ohio in 2019.

In 2018, I visited Bozeman MT, Pittsburgh, Glasgow MT, Detroit and Boston.

In 2017, I visited Jackson WY, California (La Jolla, Paso Robles, Carmel, San Jose, Los Gatos, Santa Rosa, Stockton, Lodi, Orinda, San Francisco), Ellicottville NY, Maryland.

In 2016, I visited Beaver Creek, Colorado Springs, Vail, Pittsburgh and Ohio.

I have travelled through most States by car or train, since I’ve taken the train to or from California 3 times, taken the train to Seattle from Montana a few times, and I’ve made road trips from Canada to Montana, the Outer Banks, Myrtle Beach. I haven’t stayed overnight in Kansas, Oklahoma, Iowa, Nebraska, but I have stayed overnight in North Dakota, South Dakota, and another dozen states that are not on the typical tourist track. I’ve been to Atlanta, New Orleans and the Alaskan Panhandle.

Realistically, my next trip will probably be to the Metro Detroit Area or the Buffalo Area, maybe a road trip to Pittsburgh.

Hopefully a visit to NYC in the next 5 years.

I am armchair traveling with this post.


I’ve lived in the US my entire life except for 2 years in Spain, decades ago, and you’ve traveled to more US states than I have. I’m still lacking North and South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Michigan, Wisconsin, Arizona, Florida, Alaska, and Hawaii, and a handful of others were just driving across the entire state without staying overnight while driving 3 times between Northern California and North Carolina. Florida and Arizona are definitely not going to happen, and while I’d like to experience the others, 70 isn’t that far away and my three joint replacements are aging (oldest one, a half-replaced knee, is 25 next month).


Sounds awesome. Was it just slices of onion that had been sweated and mixed in with the cheese or something more complicated? Rough proportions? What was the salsa?

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I hear you.

I didn’t visit Florida, which is unusual for a Canadian, until January 2015, when my millennial cousin was working at a hospital in Miami. We knew she was moving to Dallas, so we visited shortly before she left. Now she’s kept her nomadic lifestyle up. She’s moving to Brazil with her husband and 2 kids in a couple months.

I am glad I visited Florida when I did, since my grandfather had a connection to Tarpon Springs, and I wanted to see the Everglades. I also discovered I really like Cuban coffee and pastries. I wish I’d met up with a Florida Chowhound FB friend while I was nearby. I also have 2 close friends who are now mostly Cyber Friends. I got to visit some Kosher restaurants in Miami with my friends, which are a lot more interesting and delicious than the Kosher restaurants in Toronto!

I still haven’t visited Las Vegas. I had looked into it on my way home from California a few times, but the singers I wanted to see perform were never playing when I was traveling, and the flights from Las Vegas to Canada were at awful times. I have been to Tahoe and I spent a night snowed in at Reno, so I guess that’s something. LOL.


I much prefer Tahoe and Reno to Las Vegas.
LV is now just another (expensive) Disneyland.
I didn’t like it 30+ years ago and it is mega times worse now :pensive:


On 9/11 I was on a work trip for Whole Foods to Atlanta. I was doing some store visits for a small chain e had acquired. I had finished the first and was driving to the second location when traffic on the ring monstrosity came to a halt. Eventually, maybe an hour, they started letting cars exit. Lucky for me, I was just before the exit and got away pretty quickly. But I was stuck at that exit as both ways were closed. So I pulled into a Waffle House.

There were a bunch of old guys surrounding an ancient TV with rabbit ears and tinfoil on top, fighting an unsuccessful battle for reception. I was told that "they’re flying planes into buildings. Moments later the second tower fell. And I was watching it eating corned beef hash, eggs over easy, hashbrowns with onions, wheat toast with grape jelly, and really crappy coffee. My one and only meal at a Waffle House.

I had to drive my rental back to DC from Atlanta. Somehow I picked up a passenger, I have no idea how or who at present. Nor how long it took or what route I took of if I even slept at all on the drive.



we’ve done multiple LV visits . . . it’s a “Yes, Dear” thing.

in terms of eating, we have a couple required ‘return visits’
in no order:
breakfast: Sadelle’s - Bellagio. make a reservation!! else long long long line…
breakfast: Pepper Mill - crowded, medium prices, uber sized portions, “it’s the atmosphere…”
lunch/brunch/buffet - Bacchanal-buffet - Caesar’s Palace - pricey for a buffet but outta-this-world
brunch: Buchon at the Venetian, not cheap, good value.
dinner: Top of the World - “The Strat” - expensive tourist trap but amazing good food
dinner: Joël Robuchon - extreme expensive - go to L’Atelier - MGM next door - same food, mega-bucks less
misc. diners: Blueberry Hill - local “chain” - some locations overrun with obnoxious tourists. good deal, good food.

places to avoid:
Tom Colicchio CraftSteak - precious visit excellent; has not recovered from covid; multi-not-good stuff
Tom Colicchio Heritage Steak - located on the drunk’s avenue to the casino - expensive, zilch for atmosphere or customer comfort
Hell’s Kitchen - unless you need your eardrums beat to death . . . .
Gay Savoy - product does not justify the pricing


Great list! Thank you!

There are aspects of a proper barbecue meal that the uninitiated usually miss. A cold crisp beer is good with it but so are a Big Red, an iced tea, or, at a swanky place, an Arnold Palmer. There must be dill pickle chips and onion, but pickled jalapeños are key, too. This is not health food. Be sure to get plenty of the fatty stuff and the burnt ends. People try all manner of sides, but sides (and sauce) should not be necessary. They are just an extra treat, especially good potato salad and ranch beans. If you have room for dessert, shame on you for not having a jalapeño sausage wrap. However, if you do have room, be wary of anything other than banana pudding (which is actually vanilla pudding with sliced bananas and 'Nilla wafers) or cobbler. I once told a Californian who opened a barbecue spot in Austin that he had multiple violations of the Texas Barbecue Code. He look confused. I cited Chardonnay, green salad, whole wheat bread, and grasshopper pie.