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Friday, August 3, is International Beer Day, where beer fans all over the world clink frosty mugs and bottles in appreciation of their favorite IPAs, lagers, stouts and whatever else serves as a cure for what ales them (get it?). According to the Brewers Association, there were more than 6,000 craft breweries in the U.S. at the end of 2017—and that number keeps growing. To help narrow down where to celebrate International Beer Day, we’re highlighting seven of the hottest beer neighborhoods, or neighbeerhoods, in America, where the adult beverage is appreciated every day of the year. Indulge all you like, but remember to stay safe by booking a CheapTickets hotel deal for the night and calling a ridesharing service.

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Ravenswood: Chicago, IL

This North Side neighborhood in the Windy City features the area’s largest concentration of breweries, pretty much making it a one-stop shop for craft beer fans. In fact, a two-mile stretch of the neighborhood has been dubbed “Malt Row” because it’s where six breweries, including Begyle, Dovetail, Half Acre and Empirical Brewing, all reside. Many of them offer scheduled tours as well as in-house tap rooms where you can sample the goods. Plus, the ‘hood is home to lauded brew pub Band of Bohemia and beer bars like Wolcott Tap and Gideon Welles, so you should have no problem quenching your thirst with some suds.

North Park: San Diego, CA

It wouldn’t come as a surprise if beer becomes the official beverage of San Diego. The Southern California city is home to more than 140 breweries. While many of them of them are located on Highway 78 (aka “Hops Highway”) and scattered throughout the city, many beer aficionados flock to the city’s North Park area. 30th Street in the hip ‘hood has become known as “Craft Beer Boulevard” thanks to the plethora of beer bars scattered throughout the strip. Standouts include Belching Beaver Tasting Room (home of the Peanut Butter Milk Stout), Toronado (considered by many to be one of the top beer bars in the country) and Waypoint Public.

Trover photo by Hayley Gallagher

Ohio City: Cleveland, OH

The city of Cleveland recently designed a Cleveland Brewery Passport for tourists and locals, and you can expect to get a majority of stamps soaking up the suds in Ohio City. The trendy ‘hood, which is just west of downtown, is home to an ever growing list of breweries including Nano Brew Cleveland, Market Garden Brewery, Forest City and the recently opened Bookhouse Brewing. Pubs such as Bar Cento and Bier Markt round out the brewski offerings. When it comes to Buckeye State beer, Ohio City rocks.

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Golden: Denver, CO

Checking out the beer scene in this part of Colorado doesn’t mean you’ll be sipping IPAs in dark tap rooms. Treat yourself to a self-guided walking tour of the breweries in Golden, and you’ll also enjoy mountainscapes, as well as views of Clear Creek. And just like the surrounding nature, the breweries here will leave you awestruck, too. This is the region Coors calls home. It’s the largest single-site brewery in the world, and it’s cool to compare how beer is made at such a level of mass production, compared to the smaller breweries nearby. Those microbreweries—all within walking distance of each other—include Golden City Brewery (prepare to make a pit stop in the beer garden) and Cannonball Creek Brewing Co.

Urban Farm Fermentory | Trover photo by Fun – travelog

East Bayside: Portland, ME

East Bayside has recently become one of Portland’s hippest neighborhoods, and that’s largely due to the fact that so many beermakers have set up shop here. The compact ‘hood is close to downtown and the Old Port areas of Portland, so it’s an easy stop on a day touring the whole city. When you’re ready for a frosty adult beverage, the offerings here include Rising Tide Brewing Company, a popular local brewer which offers tours and pours in its tasting room. Lone Pine Brewing Company is another nearby local favorite. And if you’re the kind of drinker who craves a cider, Urban Farm Fermentory has your back with that and kombuchas as well.

Trover photo by Mark Rentz

Ballard: Seattle, WA

If you have a favorite beer hailing from Seattle, chances are it’s made in the Ballard neighborhood. Ballard is becoming known as the city’s destination for beer because it boasts around 11 breweries in just a two-mile radius. Hitting up every brewery in the ‘hood might be an impossible feat in one day (without passing out), but definitely make time to check out Maritime Pacific Brewing, the oldest one in the bunch—dating all the way back to 1990. Other must-visit spots include Stoup Brewing, which features a lively patio and the Jolly Roger Taproom, features a full food menu—which you’ll need after a long day of sampling beers.

Station Inn | Trover photo by Christina Blust

The Gulch: Nashville, TN

Located a little bit south of downtown Nashville, The Gulch has become a trendy destination for Nashville’s young professionals. And since the craft beer trend isn’t going away anytime soon, the hip ‘hood offers plenty of places to enjoy a locally-made beer. Yazoo Brewing Company is a massive brewery and taproom with limited hours (its closed Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays). In addition to offering tours and pours, Jackalope Brewing Co is a fun destination on Thursday nights when it hosts a weekly trivia competition. As for beer bars in the area, you can’t go wrong with Hops & Crafts, Pour House and Station Inn. And yes, because this is Nashville, expect live music at many of these hotspots.


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When you think about traveling to California, you might think San Francisco, Sonoma, LA and San Diego. Sacramento, on the other hand, will probably only come up if you’re taking a capitals quiz. Things have changed a lot, though, in recent years, as the Golden State’s capital city has developed a thriving farm-to-fork food scene, some fresh cultural attractions and even a few unforgettable bars (one with real live mermaids!). Read on to see why now is the time to give Sacramento a chance.

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Central Farmers Market | Flickr CC: Robert Couse-Baker Central Farmers Market | Flickr CC: Robert Couse-Baker

Get fresh at the Central Farmers Market

While Central Farmers Market has been feeding locals for decades , its influence on Sacramento dining has definitely skyrocketed as of late. As the largest California Certified Farmers Market in the state, it’s the place to snap up some of the best fruits and veggies anywhere, plus spot top chefs from near and far.

Indulge in Farm-to-Fork dining

About five years ago, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, the city’s first homegrown and African-American mayor, declared Sacramento the nation’s “Farm-to-Fork Capital.” Seems a fair assessment considering most of the food in in town comes from within 25 miles of the city. Much of the rest comes from within 150 miles. That said, expect to find fresh, local, seasonal, sustainable and artisanal food at every turn. Among the many standouts are Federalist Public House & Beer Garden, Hock Farm, Grange Restaurant & Bar and Ella’s.

Sample away at the Farm-to-Fork Festival

Get a true taste of the city at Sacramento’s annual Farm-to-Fork Festival. More than 80 vendors of local food, wine and beer gather on the city’s Capitol Mall in September while exhibits from farms, live music, cooking shows, butchering competitions and other activities round out the offerings. The event is free and attracts more than 50,000 people annually.

Low Brau | Photo courtesy of @rnjewels Low Brau | Photo courtesy of @rnjewels

Stay cool in the Midtown neighborhood

On weekends, the place to be is Midtown, where you’ll find a hip set hanging out at restaurants, coffee shops, bars and indie shops. There’s a smaller farmers’ market here on Saturdays, too, plus the popular patio at Low Brau, the locally-made art at Kennedy Gallery, and your very own artistry at the Painted Cork, where you can create a masterpiece over a bottle of wine or beer.

Crocker Art Museum Crocker Art Museum | Flickr CC: Nathan Hughes Hamilton

Explore the museums

While the Sacramento History Museum, California State Railroad Museum and California Automobile Museum are all worth checking out, art enthusiasts will appreciate the collection at the Crocker Art Museum. The impressive array of work here includes Californian and American, European, Asian, African and Oceanic art, as well as international ceramics and 1,500 master drawings.

Dive Bar | Photo courtesy of @divebarsacramento Dive Bar | Photo courtesy of @divebarsacramento

Imbibe in the nightlife

Did you think Sacramento was a sleepy little town? Maybe at some point it was but now there’s plenty keep you out, including the fascinating Dive Bar. Head here to marvel at the huge aquarium above the bar, and catch a glimpse of the mermaids swimming in it! Rumor has it they never show before midnight, so arrive late.

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Catch a major concert or game

Locals are especially pumped, though, about the new Golden 1 Center, the state-of-the-art sports and entertainment complex, that is a big piece of downtown’s revitalization. Superstar artist Jeff Koons recently unveiled his towering sculpture at the entrance of the Center, which is the new home of hoopsters the Sacramento Kings. Word is that the arena is the most technically advanced and sustainable in the country. With a farm-to-fork menu, the fans will have some of the best stadium eats anywhere. Executive Chef Michael Tuohy plans to take arena food to a new level.

Old Sacramento | Flickr CC: Jack Snell Old Sacramento | Flickr CC: Jack Snell

Revisit California history

Make your way to Old Sacramento, where you can visit several museums such as Wells Fargo, and the automobile and railroad museums mentioned above. The Old Sacramento Underground Tour departs from this area, as well, and offers a peak into the past when the streets were raised in the 1860s and 1870s to protect the city from flooding. The area is also home to boutiques, art, antique shops, carriage rides, Hornblower cruises, train rides, and plenty of restaurants and bars.

Photo courtesy of the Citizen Hotel

Stay in style

There’s no shortage of great places to stay in Sacramento. Opt for a bed and breakfast, or go for a big hotel such as the Embassy Suites Sacramento Riverfront Promenade, Hyatt Regency and Four Points by Sheraton, plus the historic Citizen Hotel. Once you’re rested up, head out and knock off a few more of those incredible restaurants off your list! And then, repeat.




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In New York City, you can find a slice of pizza for under a dollar. That’s not always a good thing: Most $.99 slices are nothing more than pieces of cardboard barely covered with cheese and tomato sauce. But there are plenty of affordable—and delicious—lunch options in New York, even in some of the city’s top tourist spots. No matter what’s on your NYC travel itinerary, these affordable restaurants will ensure you’ll get a top-notch meal without breaking the bank.

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Saigon Shack

You might find a line at this Greenwich Village eatery, but the phenomenal pho served here is worth the wait. The classic beef pho ($9) is a popular menu item, but if it’s a hot summer day and you’re not in the mood for soup, the bahn mi selection ($7–$9) is excellent, too. Grab a savory sandwich and head to nearby Washington Square Park for an impromptu picnic.

Cheeky Sandwiches

Speaking of sandwiches, this Lower East Side shop specializes in the kind you’d typically find down South. The fried chicken sandwich ($6.50), which is smothered in gravy and served on a buttery biscuit, is a standout, but the other wallet-friendly selections (like the shrimp po’ boy, $8.50) are good, too. And if you’re worried about having such a decadent meal in the middle of the day, skip the taxi and walk off those calories on the streets of Manhattan.


It’s easy to work up an appetite shopping and strolling the charming streets of the West Village. So when you’re ready to take a break from the boutiques, Manousheh is a great lunch spot. The restaurant focuses on Lebanese street food, specifically flaky, rolled flatbreads. The avocado and zaatar ($9) option features those ingredients, as well as cherry tomatoes, mint, Lebanese olives and cucumbers drizzled with olive oil and sumac. A simpler yet equally satisfying option is the Labneh ($5), which features a traditional, thick and creamy yogurt spread on fresh flatbread. Manousheh also offers mouth-watering sweet versions of the menu item, including one smothered with Nutella ($6).

Sticky’s Finger Joint

Just a couple of blocks west of the Theater District is this comfort food haven, where you can get a small basket of chicken fingers and fries for just under $10. This NYC mini chain is known for its signature sauces, including the wasabi aioli, buttermilk baby ranch and sassy BBQ options, which will give your gourmet chicken strips an extra kick. It’s a great spot for a pre-matinee meal before heading over to Broadway.

Make Sandwich

This newer Union Square eatery (it opened in January 2017) takes sammies to an elevated level. The menu is full of gourmet lunch options, including one made with roasted artichokes, spinach and a parmigiano cream on a baguette ($9.95) and a spicy pork and Asian pickles number served on ciabatta ($9.95). And if nothing on the menu tickles your fancy, you can always choose to make your own sandwich for $10.95.

Crif Dogs

After a morning of wandering around the East Village and maybe checking out art institutions like the New Museum and the International Center of Photography Museum, take a lunch break at this hip NYC hot dog institution. The hot dog shop (which also has an outpost in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood) offers up inventive takes on the classic American dish, including the Chihuahua Dog ($6.50), a bacon-wrapped hot dog covered with avocados and sour cream, and the Philly Tubesteak Dog ($6.50), which is—you guessed—a frank covered with the same fixings you’d find on a Philly cheese steak.

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Vanessa’s Dumplings

New Yorkers on a budget flock to this dumpling house because it offers serious deals without sacrificing taste or quality. While you’re exploring downtown Manhattan, head to Chinatown and stop by the no-frills counter spot to order a handful of dumplings (a cabbage and pork dumpling costs just $1.50) and a sesame pancake sandwich ($1–$3.50). You’ll walk away full, but your wallet won’t feel empty.

38 Yummy Kitchen

Another reliable no-frills spot in Chinatown is 38 Yummy Kitchen. When you put “yummy” in the name of your restaurant, you’re setting a high expectation—and luckily, this place doesn’t disappoint. The focus here is on delicious, slightly greasy Chinese comfort food (think chicken over rice, honey-glazed wings and beef with pickled veggies over rice) that come in big portions but still cost under ten bucks. Chinatown isn’t far from Soho, so this is a good post-shopping lunch break.

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Goa Taco

Chances are you’ve never had a taco quite like this Located on the Lower East Side, this counter-service spot makes large tacos using a flaky Indian bread that’s filled with a variety of gourmet ingredients. There’s the house-made chicken chorizo topped with brussels sprout slaw and fontina cheese ($7.35); the tofu option also includes a shiitake mushroom pate, crunchy vegetables and peanuts ($6.43). Order a couple of these bad boys and you’ll be full for the rest of the day.


It’s easy to do a little damage to your wallet at many of David Chang’s restaurants—but not at Fuku in the Financial District. The buzzy NYC chef (he’s the guy behind Momofuku, Ma Peche, etc) opened this fast-casual restaurant a few years ago, and New Yorkers can’t seem to get enough of the spicy fried chicken sandwich ($8) served in a potato roll with pickles and house-made butter. In fact, it’s become Fuku’s signature menu item. Pair it with a side of perfectly-crisp fries ($3) and you’ll have a very satisfying lunch before heading to downtown destinations like the Freedom Tower, 9/11 Museum and the new Oculus mall.


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It’s hard being number two—just ask Guadalajara, Mexico’s second-largest city. Although Travel + Leisure gave Guadalajara the first runner-up spot on its 2016 “Best Places to Travel” list (Bocas del Toro, Panamá took top honors), the landlocked city remains a secondary destination within Mexico, where it simply can’t compete with hot spots like Cancún, Mexico City and Puerto Vallarta (the latter being about a 5-hour drive to the west). Always a bridesmaid, never a bride.

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Guadalajara’s got plenty of charms, of course, from the old town scattered around its 15th-century cathedral, to hipster ‘hoods whose coolness rivals those down the road in CDMX (aka Mexico City), to being within day-trip distance of the birthplace of tequila. Here’s how to make the most of 3 days in Mexico’s proverbial second-fiddle city.

Day 1

Fiddle or violin, as it were. As you traipse around the Guadalajara Cathedral and other old-city attractions, including the Rotonda de los Jalisciences Ilustres monument and sprawling Mercado San Juan de Dios, it’s almost certain that you will come across a mariachi band.

Photo courtesy of Robert Schrader

Even if you’re not the one being serenaded by the street symphony of trumpets, guitars and, yes, violins, there are few better introductions to Guadalajara than hearing its de-facto theme music. Mariachi became a staple in Guadalajara in the 19th century, having migrated into the city center from the surrounding countryside.

Apart from this, Guadalajara’s old city is a wonderful place to try the food of Mexico’s Jalisco state. Or, rather, to re-acquaint yourself with it. Dishes like flautas (rolled tacos made with chicken or pork) and hearty pozole hominy soup are staples of Tex-Mex cuisine, which has become synonymous with “Mexican food” north of the border. Restaurante La Chata is an authentic spot to sample Guadalajara’s flavors, and a convenient one too—it’s just steps from Hotel Morales, a heritage five-star that makes for a classy, luxurious home in Guadalajara.

Speaking of class, there’s also Guadalajara’s bountiful culture to contend with. Whether you go back in time—way back in time—at the archaeology-focused Regional Museum of Guadalajara, or see what sort of performance is on at the Roman-inspired Teatro Degollado, Guadalajara has plenty of substance to back up its style.

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Day 2

Guadalajara might only be 25% as populous as Mexico City, but don’t think it’s only got a quarter of its cool factor. Wake up on your second day in Guadalajara and have your hotel call you a taxi to the Providencia neighborhood, which is perhaps the hippest of the city’s hipsters hang outs.

Indeed, you might run into the governor of Jalisco state here, although that has more to do with happenstance—his official residence is here—than hipness. Whether or not you manage to see el gobernador, immerse yourself in the Providencia lifestyle with coffee and a light meal at CAPPUCINO 96, a preview into your post-trip scrapbook at Papeleria Mony stationery shop or retail therapy at Conspiración Moda, where a dozens-deep team of stylists will help you fine-tune your look.

Photo courtesy of Robert Schrader

Another place to be among Guadalajara’s coolest residents is Zapopan, which serves a secondary purpose, as well—it’s home to almost as much heritage architecture as the center of Guadalajara proper. From the 17th-century Basilica of Our Lady of Zapopan, to the dramatic Arcos Vallarta, to a Japanese garden that might have you thinking you’re in Honshu rather than Jalisco, Zapopan effortlessly expresses the timelessness and timeliness that co-exist in Guadalajara today.

Day 3

You could easily spend three full days in the center of Guadalajara—or you could spend day three in the birthplace of tequila. Wasn’t that an easy decision?

To be sure, making a day trip to Tequila (original name, right?) is as much about how you go as what you do there. While public buses are affordable and frequent, arranging a taxi through your hotel allows you to stop whenever you want. And you will want to stop: The rolling fields of blue agave that carpet the countryside between Guadalajara and Tequila are a selfie lover’s dream. Alternatively, ride the Tequila Express train, which among other advantages allows you to drink en-route.

Photo courtesy of Robert Schrader

Tequila isn’t just about distilleries, though, even if you could occupy your entire day with tours from big-name tequila producers like Cazadores, Cuervo and Herradura—and some small names as well. It’s a small town that’s dripping in charm as much as your margarita glass will drip with sweat, whether you stay in town and traipse around Parroquia Santiago Apostol church and its plaza, or make an excursion to the gorgeous Cascada los Azules waterfall. (Pro tip: Sober up before you jump in!)

If you’re drunk in the first place, that is. The tequila you find in the spirit’s birthplace is so fine you might prefer to sip, which is an apt metaphor for Guadalajara in general. It might not be as intoxicating as the Yucatán or as strong as the country’s capital, but the taste of three days in Mexico’s second city will linger with you a way that’s second to none.

Featured image courtesy of Robert Schrader


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By now, most people know that Portland has a stellar reputation as a foodie city. The cuisines available are limitless, but what if your budget isn’t? Don’t worry. Not everything in the Rose City costs an arm and a lamb leg (at least not yet). If you’re a tourist smack dab in downtown looking for lunch, or an office drone ready to grab some happy hour grub, these ten options won’t steer you wrong. And it’s Portland, so don’t worry—vegetarian options are always available.

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Killer Burger, PDX, Portland

Killer Burger | Flickr photo by Francis Storr

Killer Burger
Want to start with an All American classic? How about with a twist? Try the massive Peanut-Butter-Pickle-Bacon-Burger ($9.95). Trust us, it’s not as weird as it sounds. If your tastes are less kooky, there is the Classic Burger (bacon, cheese, smokey house sauce, etc.) for the same price. All burgers come with fries so you will not be left hungry when you walk out the door.

Luc Lac Vietnamese Kitchen
If you’ve clocked out for the day or are just exploring downtown, once the 5 o’clock hour hits, join the ever-growing queue outside Luc Lac. It’s there for a reason. Munch on marinated grilled pork or chicken bánh mì sandwiches ($8); it’s heaven on a baguette. If you’re craving a hot and potentially spicy (you choose the level) noodle soup, their classic tofu, chicken, or beef pho hits the spot ($9).

Pine State Biscuits

Pine State Biscuits | Flickr photo by Ron Dollete

Pine State Biscuits
If your travels take you over the river to the inner SE side, begin your journey up Division Street by checking out Pine State’s Southern-style biscuit sandwiches. Try the classic Reggie: fried chicken, bacon, and cheese, topped with gravy ($9). Other biscuit sandwiches are filled with BBQ pulled pork, fried green tomatoes, apple butter, and other down-home ingredients. If you’re still hungry afterward, you’re doing it wrong.

The Whole Bowl
What if you’re looking for something more “light and healthy”? This local chain offers a 12 oz. Bambino Bowl for just $6 (the 16 oz. portion is only 50 cents more). Opt for either the “Fully Loaded” or veganized version. Beans, rice, cheese, sour cream, salsa, avocado, black olives, and the delicious Tali sauce are all compacted in a well-filled bowl. For the cult of cilantro, you can ask for that too.

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Nong's, PDX, food carts, Portland

Nong’s Khao Man Gai | Flickr photo by sstrieu

Nong’s Khao Man Gai
Nong’s is probably most famous for one legendary dish (i.e., see the establishment’s name), but with good reason. The chicken and rice (khao man gai) plate ($9.25) is poached, organic chicken served on jasmine rice with a sauce of fermented soybeans, ginger, garlic, Thai chilies, vinegar, house made syrup and soy sauce. It looks simple but the complex flavors will for sure trip up your taste buds.

Love Belizean
Formerly a cart, now a brick-and-mortar eatery in the Portland State University area, Love Belizean is famous for their Caribbean chicken plate: a big, well spiced piece of juicy chicken that comes with coconut rice, beans, and a salad. It’s a whopper of a plate for $8.

Lardo, PDX, Porltand

Lardo | Flickr photo by jen

Just a hop over the river in Inner SE, you’ll find our pork-heavy friends at Lardo. Start with a heaping plate of dirty fries topped with pork, marinated peppers, and parmesan cheese ($9), then move on to their egg sandwich ($9) with smoked pork belly, egg and cheese. No, this won’t shrink your waistline but the flavors will make you not care.

Mi Mero Mole
It’s always time for a burrito, and the flavor combos at Mi Mero Mole will blow your mind. Will it be a chicken mole poblano ($8.75), with a dark sauce of nuts, chiles, and chocolate, or a pork mole verde ($8.75), with a mole sauce of tomatillo, green chili, fresh herbs, and pumpkin seeds? And that’s just two of seven meat and mole combos to choose from. Dig in!

Bing Mi
This downtown food cart, in the SW Alder food cart pod area, specializes in a Chinese crepe called jianbing. It’s filled with egg, black bean paste, chili sauce, pickled veggies, and folded up into perfection, all for $6. They’re open during both breakfast and lunchtime; so hey, why not both?

Sizzle Pie, pizza, PDX, Portland

Sizzle Pie | Flickr photo by Tony Webster

Sizzle Pie
Sometimes all you want is a great slice or two of pizza. Check out this rock ‘n’ roll pizza joint across the street from book haven Powell’s. Wild flavor combos make up their seasonal slices, like Banh Scott (spicy pulled pork, shredded cabbage, jalapenos, Sriracha, and cilantro) or Psychedelic Jungle (mushrooms, caramelized onions, peppadews, goat cheese, and fresh basil). Sometimes nothing else hits the spot ($3.50 – 4.25 per slice).



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When the clock strikes noon in downtown Miami, only one thing should come to mind: lunch. If you want a meal that’s both cheap and delicious, refuel from a hard day at the beach at one of the spots listed below—you’re guaranteed a good lunch for just $10 or less.

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Burrito San | Photo courtesy of @technicolorfoodie

Burrito San

First there was the ramen burger, then there was the sushi burrito. At Burrito San, you can try the latter in a variety of forms. During your lunch break, saunter over to this laid back café, which sits right across the street from the Miami Tower, and try the Saucy Tofu. Priced at just $9.50, it’s stuffed with ginger-braised tofu, avocado, crunchy wonton crisps, shredded carrots, organic field greens and black bean sauce.

Bali Cafe

Just down the street from the Alfred I. Dupont building, this hole-in-the-wall Indonesian eatery is one of Downtown Miami’s hidden gems. And considering you can get a six-course menu for just $17, you better believe it’s affordable. For a taste of Indonesia, try the Opor Ayam, which translates to “chicken stewed in yellow spices and coconut milk,” for $9.50. Another signature dish, the Bakmi Ayam Jakarta—egg noodle, mushroom, spinach, quail egg, chicken and a side of fish and meatballs in beef broth—is just $7.95.

Daily Creative | Photo courtesy of @thelensofkenz

The Daily Creative Food Co.

At this newspaper-inspired cafe, you’ll find every kind of sandwich you can imagine. Sitting right on Biscayne Boulevard, it has a huge menu of sandwiches, wraps, paninis, melts and salads for as low as $7.99. For a cold sandwich, go for the $9.29 Miami Today Prime Time, a baguette topped with roast beef, crispy onion strings, pepper jack cheese, lettuce, tomato and horseradish mayo. If you want something hot, try an artisan melt, like the $7.99 Freelancer sandwich. It tops grilled multigrain bread with melted cheddar, Granny Smith apples, caramelized onions, arugula and Dijon mustard.

Station 28

Just steps from the Miami Tower, this sanguchería, or Peruvian sandwich shack, serves some of the best chicharrón, butifarra, lomito planchado and lomo saltado sandwiches in town. For a real treat, get the namesake Station 28 Burger with cabbage, tomato, fried egg and the Station 28 “special ají amarillo sauce” for just $8.99.

Sparky’s | Photo courtesy of @thatchink

Sparky’s Roadside BBQ

If you want mouthwatering BBQ that’s as cheap and delicious as it is simple, Sparky’s is where you want to go. When you do, get the hearty pulled pork sandwich on a grilled roll with fries and coleslaw! For just $9.95 per plate, you’re pretty much guaranteed a happy food coma.

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As the name implies, this fast-casual spot is all about pizza. Get a fried pepperoni and mozzarella pizza pocket for $6.90, or get Combo #1—two pizza squares, a Caesar salad and a soda—for just $9.49.

La Sandwicherie | Photo courtesy of @rayguz23

La Sandwicherie

Just outside Downtown Miami, near the brand new Brickell City Centre, La Sandwicherie is a French-inspired, Miami-born sandwich shop with mile-high sandwiches diners can’t get enough of. Choose from a French baguette, wheat bread or a croissant, then choose from nine different toppings, and stuff it with everything from cheese to turkey and salami for no more than $8.70.

Elia Gourmet

This Mediterranean restaurant was inspired by owner Dimitris Harvalis’ childhood summers on the Greek Islands. Perfect for lunch, get the orzo salad with feta, roasted zucchini, yellow squash, eggplant, red peppers and evoo for just $9.50; the buffalo cauliflower florets for $9; or if you’re in a hurry, the banana goddess smoothie with Greek yogurt, honey, banana, vanilla and ginger for $6.95.

CVI.CHE 105 | Photo courtesy of caznla


Located in the heart of downtown Miami, CVI.CHE 105 is a hip, South Beach-style eatery with more than 15 styles of spicy ceviche and tiradito. As you would expect, there are plenty of ceviches for around $13–$15 each, but platters of Peruvian specialties, like arroz con pollo and ají de gallina, are available for as low as $9.95.

Mike’s at Venetia

Miami has a low-key Irish pub overlooking Biscayne Bay, on the Downtown Miami side of the Venetian Causeway; and while it doesn’t look like much on the outside, it’s so popular among locals that it was even named one of America’s Best Sports Bars. Going during your lunch break? Make it a greasy one with the $9.45 half-pound cheeseburger and fries, the $8.45 BLT, or the $9.95 fried clam platter with French fries.


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Jennifer Agress

Jennifer Agress

Jennifer is a Miami-based writer and editor who loves good food, a better martini and traveling every chance she gets. She writes about luxury travel, dining and lifestyle for Travel Weekly, Private Air Luxury Homes, Preferred Travel, Modern Luxury Weddings, INDULGE Miami, Thrillist, NUVO Magazine and more. When she’s not on a plane, she’s likely plotting her next adventure—follow @JenniferAgress on Instagram to see where she lands.
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If your summer isn’t packed with ice cream, then you’re doing it wrong. Get the scoop on these events that’ll fill the hottest time of year with sweet relief.

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Ice Cream Museum | Photo courtesy of @gemisabella

Museum of Ice Cream: Los Angeles, CA

On a sweltering day, ducking into an air-conditioned museum is always a good idea. Why not take things to the next level with a visit to this pop-up shrine to ice cream, which made its Los Angeles debut in April. Browse ice cream-inspired art installations, sample artisanal flavors and dive into the sprinkle pool—a vat filled with millions of colorful “sprinkles” made from antimicrobial plastics that’ll put your grownup mind at ease while your inner child comes out to play. Tickets to the museum are hard to come by (unless you’re Beyoncé), but here’s some cold comfort: Organizers may push back the museum’s planned August 15 closing.

New Hampshire Ice Cream Trail: Various Cities, NH

The Granite State’s dairy farmers want us to eat more ice cream, and who are we to argue? Through Labor Day,  creameries across New Hampshire invite you to try their scoops. Pick up a copy of the trail map—which includes coupons for ice cream, natch—at highway rest areas, welcome centers and participating shops. Hit all 50 stops on the trail, and along with a few pounds, you’ll gain some serious bragging rights.

Gelato Festival: Europe

Food trucks carry this moveable feast to cities across Europe all summer long, where the public votes on their favorite confections by seasoned gelato makers and newcomers alike. In each city, the flavors change and the stakes increase. The tour winds it way through Italy, England, Poland and Germany before a champion is crowned at Florence’s Piazzale Michelangelo in September.

The Scooper Bowl will score a touchdown with ice cream lovers. | Credit Kyle Klein Photography/Flickr.

Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl: Boston, MA, and New York, NY

Are you ready for some ice cream? Then buy a pass to this all-you-can-eat event, which serves as a fundraiser for Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. In addition to good karma, you’ll gain access to live entertainment, family-friendly activities and dozens of ice cream flavors from local and national brands. For the first time, the annual gathering comes to Manhattan’s Bryant Park, June 1 to 3. Then it returns to its home base at Boston’s City Hall Plaza, June 6 to 8.

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Austin Ice Cream Festival: Austin, TX

What’s cooler than South by Southwest? The Austin Ice Cream Festival. This annual extravaganza invites you to beat the Texas heat with frozen treats and a bunch of dessert-related contests: ice cream eating, Popsicle stick sculpture building and a homemade ice cream taste test. The 11th annual festival is set for August 11 at Austin‘s Fiesta Gardens.

Bring your Texas-sized appetite to the Austin Ice Cream Festival. | Credit Andreanna Moya Photography/Flickr.

Brain Freezer 5K: Burlington, VT

On July 8, show up at downtown’s Battery Park to run 1.5 miles, eat a pint of ice cream, then run back. Proceeds benefit the nonprofit People Helping People Global, so this is a win-win. Once your brain freeze subsides, head about 30 miles east for a victory lap around the Ben & Jerry’s Factory Tour in Waterbury.

Atlanta Ice Cream Festival: Atlanta, GA

There’s a reason they call it Hotlanta. Cool off at this annual event that makes dessert part of a healthy lifestyle. Take part in the ice-cream eating contest, then burn off the calories with double-dutch jumping, a hoola hoop contest, and even a 5k walk and wellness screenings. This year’s festival will be July 22 at Piedmont Park.




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New York City‘s nickname is “the city that never sleeps,” so it comes as no surprise that there’s plenty to do here up through the wee hours of the morning. And while it’s a no-brainer that the bars here are open until very late (or early, depending on what your body thinks about 4am), there’s more to do in the Big Apple than pre-dawn imbibing. If you’re a night owl in New York City, here are some must-do activities:

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Juvenex Spa
Finding a moment of zen at 3am isn’t a problem at this Midtown spot. New Yorkers drop by Juvenex Spa at all hours of the night (and day—it’s open 24 hours) to sweat it out in the different on-site saunas, such as the baked-clay room, a jade igloo sauna and a traditional steam room. The communal hot and cold soaking ponds offer additional ways to detox in the middle of night. Plus, you can book treatments such as manicures, facials and other traditional spa fare around the clock.

New York style pizza

New York style pizza

Steve’s Pizza
It’s not difficult to find a late night slice of pizza in NYC—there’s practically a slice shop on every block. But Steve’s Pizza, located in the Financial District, is a fan favorite for its top-notch New York-style pizza which is way better than the dollar slice shops located around town. Plus, this small pizza parlor (which is open until 4am) offers upstairs seating, perfect for late night people watching over a slice of the popular white pizza or grandma’s pie.

IFC Center
If popcorn is one of your favorite midnight snacks, consider visiting this art house movie theater in Greenwich Village. The IFC Center plays midnight flicks on Friday and Saturday nights. The films are usually classics; recent offerings have included titles like Taxi Driver, Fight Club and The Big Lebowski.

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Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre | Flickr photo by Marcin Wichary

Upright Citizens Brigade Theater
Speaking of midnight shows, the UCB is another spot where you can find late-night entertainment. The improv theater (which has outposts in Chelsea and in the East Village) offers midnight shows on Friday and Saturday nights that range in price from free to around seven dollars. Amy Poehler, as well as many stars from shows like Broad City and Veep are alums of this theater, so there’s a good chance you’ll catch a comedic actor performing right before they become famous.

Times Square, NYC, after hours

Times Square | Flickr photo by Heath Cajandig

A walk in Times Square
Yes, this is one of the busiest areas in the Big Apple. Try to walk through Times Square in the middle of the day, and you’ll wind up sandwiched between a throng of tourists, unofficial Disney mascots and New Yorkers just trying to get to their next destination. But it is a site worth checking out, and the best time to do it is actually in the middle of the night. The crowds are way thinner, and thanks to the illuminating billboards overhead, this is a very well-lit part of New York. Unlike the Times Square of the 1970s and ‘80s, the latest iteration is pretty safe at all hours.

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Empire State Building, NYC, New York

Empire State Building

Empire State Building
Manhattan is just as spectacular to look at in the evening as it is while the sun’s up, and one of the best places to take in views of the city is from the top of the Empire State Building. Many people are surprised to discover that the landmark is open until 2am every night. If you’re planning a late-night trip to the top floor, though, be advised that the last elevator up is at 1:15am. And if you’re visiting on a Thursday night, you’ll find a live saxophonist playing until 1am.

Roosevelt Island Tram, New York City, Manhattan

Roosevelt Island Tram

Roosevelt Island Tram
Another fun way to get a different view of the city is by riding the Roosevelt Island Tram. The elevated tramway spans the East River and connects the Upper East Side with Roosevelt Island, a small sliver of land between Manhattan and Queens. The tram run until 2am during the week and 3:30am on weekends. But be warned: There aren’t many things to do on Roosevelt Island in the middle of the night, so you’ll be making a quick round trip back.

Boho Karaoke
If you ever dreamed of belting out your favorite song in front of a New York audience, this karaoke spot is a good place for you. The bar, with locations in the West Village and Lower East side, offers an extensive catalogue of songs which patrons take turns singing until 4am. But if you have stage fright, you can rent one of Boho’s private rooms for a more intimate singing session.

Citibike, New York City

CitiBike | Flickr photo by Tom Marvel

Citi Bike
Riding a bike around NYC is a great way to experience its streets, and this bike sharing program makes it very easy to do so. You’ll find bike stations all around Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn, and they’re open 24/7. A day pass costs $12, and you can use the bikes in 30-minute increments. It’s the perfect amount of time to take a quick neighborhood tour. Want to keep riding? Trade in your bike at a new kiosk and get a different one for an additional 30-minute window of riding.

Staten island Ferry, NYC, New York City

Staten Island Ferry

Staten Island Ferry
During rush hour, this free ferry is pretty packed. But at night (the last ferry departs from Manhattan at 11:30pm on weekends), it’s much more relaxed. Hop on the boat at the South Ferry terminal in downtown Manhattan (the ferry takes off at least once an hour during off-peak times) and enjoy the ride to Staten Island, which includes great views of the city as well as the Statue of Liberty. Bonus: The ferries feature concession stands and free Wi-Fi.


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Summer’s long, hot sunny days are suited to baseball games, hitting the beach—and eating and drinking outdoors, of course. Whether it’s peaches in Georgia, garlic in California, oysters in Connecticut or pierogi in Indiana, summer food festivals are a fun, delicious way to explore regional food traditions while getting to see a new place. Here are a few of our favorites.

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International Biscuit Festival | Flickr photo courtesy of Joel Kramer

International Biscuit Festival, Knoxville, TN: May 20, 2017
If you love warm, flaky biscuits, there’s no better place to be than Knoxville. The annual festival features biscuit brunches, a street lined with biscuit tastings, biscuit art and songwriting competitions to pay homage to the baked treat.

Trenton Pork Roll Festival: Trenton, NJ: May 27, 2017
Unless you’re a New Jersey native, you may not be aware that the pork roll is a state delicacy. Learn about—and devour—the processed, sliced pork at the festival, where vendors serve pork roll sandwiches, pork roll pizza, and much more.

Flickr photo courtesy of Quinn Dombrowski

Great Wisconsin Cheese Fest, Little Chute, WI: June 2-4, 2017
Cheeseheads—and plain old cheese lovers—unite at the Wisconsin Cheese Fest, where visitors sample cheeses, take in a cheese carving demo, face off in a cheese curd eating contest and cheer on the cheese parade.

Georgia Peach Festival, Fort Valley, GA: June 10, 2017
Georgia is known for its sweet, juicy peaches, and the fest is held during harvest season to celebrate the crop. Start the day with peach pancakes and end with taking a bite out of the World’s Largest Peach Cobbler.

Key Lime Festival, Key West, FL, July 1-4: 2017
Florida’s tiny, tart limes are on display at this quirky Key West fest, which features a Key lime martini and margarita bar crawl, samples of five variations on Key lime pie, a Key lime pie-eating contest and many more delicious events.

The Moxie Festival, Lisbon, ME: July 7–9, 2017
Moxie, Maine’s herbal soft drink, may be an acquired taste, but with a Moxie parade, Moxie recipe contest, and a Moxie chugging competition, you’ll be well on your way to understanding the cult favorite soda.

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Garlic Festival | Flickr photo courtesy of Eugene Kim

Gilroy Garlic Festival, Gilroy, CA: July 28-30, 2017
If garlic ice cream sounds tasty, score tickets to the Gilroy Garlic Festival now. The weekend fest celebrates all things garlic, with snacks likes garlic fries, garlic calamari and garlic popcorn, plus celebrity chef cook-offs, a garlic-eating contest and more.

Pierogi Fest, Whiting, IN: July 28-30, 2017
Whiting celebrates Eastern European heritage in many forms at the annual Pierogi Fest—participate in a polka dance-off, watch Slovak dancers and, of course, sample a wide range of meat and cheese–stuffed pierogi, as well as other Polish dishes.

Blueberry festival | Flickr photo courtesy of Chattanooga Market

National Blueberry Festival, South Haven, MI: August 10-13, 2017
Blueberries rule in Michigan, where the National Blueberry Festival celebrates the berries with all-you-can-eat blueberry pancake breakfasts, a blueberry pie-eating contest, other blueberry snacks, and a 5k and 10k race to run some of the treats off.

Milford Oyster Festival, Milford, CT: August 19, 2017
If nothing sounds better than a dozen chilled oysters and an ice-cold beer, head to Milford, where this year’s fest features 35,000 oysters and clams. The bivalves include 19 different varieties from eight Eastern states, so slurp some new-to-you oysters and round out the day with a lobster roll.

Hatch Chile Festival, Hatch, NM: September 2-3, 2017
Lovers of spicy food can head to the Chile Capital of the World for the Hatch Chile Festival, which challenges eaters with dishes like green chile cheeseburgers, a chile toss and chile-eating contest. Take home freshly roasted green chiles or unique chile powders as souvenirs.

What the Fluff? Marshmallow Fluff Festival, Somerville, MA: September 23, 2017
Wind down your summer festival-going with Somerville‘s Marshmallow Fluff Festival, devoted to the sticky marshmallow spread. Play a marshmallow toss or Fluff jousting before snacking on Fluffernutter milkshakes, Fluff-covered strawberries—even Fluff with pickles. Yum?


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Amy Cavanaugh

Amy Cavanaugh

Amy is Senior Editor at Plate Magazine, where she covers chefs and bartenders across the country. Based in Chicago, she has also written for Time Out Chicago, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, Serious Eats and Saveur.
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Home to Microsoft, Amazon and Starbucks, Seattle is a rapidly growing city with a diverse array of lunchtime haunts. Whether you’re just in town for a budget weekend or staying a while to nosh your way through the Emerald City’s diverse neighborhoods, there is plenty of local fare to be had for under a Hamilton.

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Pioneer Square, Seattle, cheap eats

Pioneer Square | Flickr photo by @Ming-yenHsu

Rustic sandwiches in historic Pioneer Square…
Behind the ivy-covered brick walls of a historic landmark building in Pioneer Square, Grand Central Bakery offers ready-to-order sandwiches made from local and sustainable produce—all served up on homemade hearth-baked, rustic bread. Most range between $8–$9, but adding Beeler’s Pure Pork bacon will cost a little extra. On the rare sunny day, grab a seat on their quaint cobblestone back patio.

Tasty dumplings in the International District…
Head just south of downtown to the International District, where you’ll find hole-in-the-wall noodle shops, pho joints, and family-owned restaurants inspired by worldly cuisines. To get the most bang for your buck, stop by Szechuan Noodle Bowl (420 8th Ave S). It’s not much to look at on the outside but like dumplings, it’s what’s on the inside that counts. Order a $4 green onion pancake the size of your plate and spicy pork dumplings drizzled with chili oil (10 for $6.95). The shop is closed on Mondays and, as with many lunch spots in the neighborhood, is cash-only.

Pho Bac, Vietnamese, Seattle

Pho Bac | Flickr photo by @DeaShoot

Un-pho-gettable Vietnamese…
Between downtown and South Lake Union, unassuming Pho Bac (1809 Minor Ave #102) dishes out home style Vietnamese dishes in a no-frills setting. Try their $4 banh mi sandwiches or “splurge” on a large bowl of their signature pho for $8.50 that doubles as comfort food on the inevitable rainy Seattle afternoon.

Quick bites in University Village…
When you’re in need of a quick bite to eat that’s also easy on the wallet, look no further than the student section of town. In University Village, lunch spots abound for busy Huskies en route to class. Stop by Arepa Venezuelan Kitchen (1405 NE 50th St) for ooey-gooey cheesy grilled goodness for $6–$7. Try the classic pabellon with seasoned black beans, fried sweet plantains and shredded beef, or the crowd favored reina pepiada (chicken and avocado with spicy mayo).

Asian fusion in Capitol Hill…
Sometimes you find a new favorite lunch spot where you least expect it—like a Korean-Hawaiian fusion taco truck. Affectionately known as Big Blue, the Marination Station truck can be tracked on their website making its rounds or stop by the brick and mortar store in Capitol Hill (1412 Harvard Ave). Tacos are only $3 a pop and range from miso ginger chicken to kalua pork. For a steal of a deal, stop by happy hour every Monday through Friday from 2-5pm, when they serve any combo of tacos or sliders for a whopping $8.25. And don’t forget to top it all off with their top-secret blend of creamy, tangy, spicy Nunya Sauce—as in, the specific ingredients are “nunya business.”

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Pike Place Chowder, Pike Place, Seattle

Pike Place Chowder | Flickr photo by @jill

Chowda’ in Pike Place Market…
No trip to Seattle would be complete without a jaunt to Pike Place Market. For a bowl of chowder that’s as fresh as it gets, stop by Pike Place Chowder (1530 Post Alley). It’s often crowded during lunch hour, but the line moves quickly. A large (16oz) will run you just $9.95, but a oven-baked sourdough bread bowl is extra. Choose from classic clam, smoked salmon, lime & coconut, or leave it up to the chef with the Market Chowder featuring the catch of the day.

Cold cuts in Ballard…
Up north in Ballard, Other Coast Cafe (5315 Ballard Ave NW) makes a mean cold cut sandwich for $9.50. Try the Hammer with applewood smoked ham, carrot-jalapeño giardiniera, and all the fixin’s or the Mantooth with Italian meats, smoked mozz, and cherry peppers. Unlike most delis, Other Coast is vegetarian-friendly and also has several options for hungry herbivores. It also has locations in Capitol Hill and Queen Anne.

Hot tamales in Beacon Hill…
In the up-and-coming neighborhood of Beacon Hill, Cafetal Quilombo (4343 15th Ave S) serves up the city’s best tamales for only $2.50 each, tucked inside a family-owned coffee shop. Try a couple with house-made habanero or chipotle salsa for a spicy treat. A popular choice is the chicken mole tamales, but be forewarned—they serve hearty portions.

Cederberg Tea House, Seattle, South Africa

Cederberg Tea House | Flickr photo by @GaryBembridge

If South African is your cup of tea, head to Queen Anne
Stop by the Cederberg Tea House (1417 Queen Anne Ave N) for a cup of South African tea, and both sweet and savory accompaniments. Sandwiches and baked goods are all under $8, including the Chicken Curry Cranberry Walnut tea sandwiches, Puff Pastry Sausage Rolls, and Spinach and Feta Swirls.

Succumb to the late-night Seattle Dog
When you’ve stayed out past your bedtime and need something to soak up all that fun you’ve been having, look no further than the legendary Seattle Dog. When the clock strikes midnight, you’ll find carts all over downtown and Capitol Hill dishing out classic hot dogs or Polish sausages. They are often served between two halves of a toasted bun, topped with grilled onions, jalapeños, sauerkraut and a healthy squirt of mustard or Sriracha for about 5 bucks. A word to the wise: Whatever you do, DON’T ask for ketchup.


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Hope Nardini

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