As I travel in a new destination, I seek out experiences that allow me to learn about the region’s culture. Certainly, eating like a local is an important part of that experience. In fact, that is a major reason why I usually ask for a local’s suggestions for where to eat. I even find myself doing this when I’m traveling within the United States.

I’m sure I’m not alone in this pursuit of tasting local flavors. So, I’ve collaborated with the Social Fabric blogger community to bring you a roundup of dining guides written by bloggers from around the United States about their favorite local eats. You might remember a few weeks back I posted my own guide to five of my favorite restaurants in Grand Rapids as part of this collaboration.

Whether you want to taste Texas barbecue, Maryland crabs, or southern fried chicken, you are bound to find some delicious local dishes at the restaurants suggested in the dining guides linked below. Apologies in advance because these posts will make your mouth water!

Local Dining Guides In The Eastern US

Asheville, North Carolina – A Thousand Country Roads

Baltimore, Maryland – Theresa’s Reviews

Boston, Massachusetts –  Bianca Blogs

Charleston, West Virginia – Honey and Pine

Fairfax, Virginia – Cook With 5 Kids

Lanham, Maryland – Jenny Day by Day

Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania – Cindy’s Recipes and Writings

New York City, New York – Smiling Notes

North Jersey, New Jersey – Crayons and Cravings

Western Finger Lakes, New York – Home in the Finger Lakes

Local Dining Guides In The Western US

Austin, Texas – Kitchen Concoctions

Austin, Texas – My Big Fat Happy Life

Austin, Texas – Hi Lovely

Forney, Texas – My Life Homemade

Houston, Texas – Pop Shop America

Houston, Texas – It’s Pam Del

Los Angeles, California – Moore or Less Cooking

Palm Desert, California – Tabler Party of Two

San Antonio, Texas – Sincerely Onyi

Seattle, Washington – Revel and Glitter

Seattle, Washington – Satsuma Designs

Skagit County, Washington – Long Wait for Isabella

Local Dining Guides In The Midwestern US

Bloomington-Normal, Illinois – Become A Coupon Queen

Canton, Ohio – Hall of Fame Moms

Carmel, Indiana – Home Maid Simple

Cleveland, Ohio – Greatest Escapist

Fort Wayne, Indiana – Kiddies Corner Deals

Grand Rapids, Michigan – The Epicurean Traveler

South Suburbs, Chicago – Home Everyday

St. Louis, Missouri – And Hattie Makes Three

Local Dining Guides In The Southern US

Atlanta, Georgia – Sunshine and Holly

Charleston, South Carolina – My Borrowed Heaven

Fort Lauderdale, Florida – Acupful

Greenville, South Carolina – Joann’s Food Bites

Macon, Georgia – Intelligent Domestications

Miami, Florida – Sabrina’s Sea of Colors

Pigeon Forge, Tennessee – Creative Southern Home

I hope you took a few minutes to browse some of the dining guides I’ve linked to above. Such a wide variety of destinations are represented, and I’ll definitely be referring back to this list before some of my upcoming travels — like to Seattle next month! Since this is such a helpful resource for planning where to eat when visiting new destinations throughout the United States, I highly recommend saving this post to your Pinterest travel board.

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If you were to write a local dining guide for your area, which restaurant(s) would make your list? Tell me about your favorite local eatery in a comment below!