While each region has a distinct cuisine for you to sample, not everyone has the budget or ability to explore the best spots. One way you can try regional food, keep your wallet and family happy is fast food. These are not the chains that sell a billion burgers a year to customers but the ones that take extra care of their ingredients and their employees. Locals go crazy for this food and some people have even petitioned to get a restaurant planted in a far away place, like west-coast favorite In-N-Out Burger in New York.
Buzzfeed published a list of 23 Regional Food Chains You Wish Would Go National and that will be your tool to find unique food on a budget for your next trip.
While many offer the normal burger and fry combos, the places like Portillo’s in Chicago compete with local restaurants to offer the best Chicago style hot dog, a staple of the city’s cuisine. Some restaurants, like Chic-fil-a, are working to expand throughout the country so you can get your crispy chicken sandwich, waffle fries and peach milkshake west of the Mississippi.
What regional restaurants do you regular? What restaurants would you like to see take root in your hometown?