Many parts of America offer foods emblematic of a specific region, but maybe no spot in the lower 48 demonstrates this better than seafood and New England. In the coastal states along New England’s eastern seaboard, fresh catches from the ocean define the area and give foodies a scenic and satisfying gastronomic tour. And for those concerned about a foodie trip putting on a few pounds, the fresh seafood of the region provides a healthy, nutritional menu that’s easy to stick to along the trail.
Plotting Your Culinary Course
Two keys before embarking on your foodie road trip are mapping out specific dining destinations to minimize mistakes, and making sure you’re driving a vehicle that’s up to the job. A plethora of map apps – or “mapps” – are geared to foodies finding the finest restaurants, while getting a quick mechanic’s inspection before take off can avoid any surprises along the route. Once assured you’re ready to go, start your New England food tour in Boston’s Harbor Marina.
Boston Sea Party And Beyond
Legal Sea Foods embodies the essence of the nation’s quintessential clam chowder with its creamy, yet briny broth packed with clams plucked from nearby Boston waters. In fact, the bowl is so authentically American, this dish has been served to U.S. presidents for the past six inaugurations. The restaurant also offers dozens of delicious local oysters harvested in farms from Massachusetts and as far up as Central Maine.
The Maine Lobster Rush
Driving north on the I-95 for just over two hours, you’ll arrive in the historic fishing village of Portland, Maine, where at the Portland Lobster Company you’ll chomp on one of the state’s signature sweet and buttery lobster rolls. But save room for the main course of a fresh, steamed lobster, weighing up to two pounds and caught from the Maine waters earlier the same day. Served simply with drawn butter and an ice cold beer while sitting on a perch overlooking the famous Portland shipyard, there’s no more idyllic way to spend a summer day and capture the spirit of New England.
With proper planning and a safe, comfy car, foodie road trips have become a fun family adventure that allow a traveler’s eyes and stomachs to enjoy the best America has to offer. In the North Eastern part of the country, the culinary lines are drawn from the sea. From chowder to crab cakes to lobster prepared in sandwiches or standing alone, it’s easy to see why so many healthy eaters make New England their savory place to explore.
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