3 New England Areas Named Best Summer Food Destinations
When you make summer travel plans, are local food options high on your priority list? If the answer is yes, three New England areas have been highlighted as the best destinations for summer food.
Before we look at these three cheerful spots, let’s first dissect what, exactly, qualifies as “summer food.” In New England, there are certain regional cuisines that are often available year-round, tend to be the freshest (and most popular) in the summer months. Of course, seafood comes to mind immediately. Whether you are on the hunt for the best lobster or plate of fried clams, the northeast coast is known to have excellent seafood. They often accompany a beachside grill or raw bar. In other seasonal areas, you can find some of the best seafood (including oysters) at local clam and lobster shacks.
Furthermore, summer food is synonymous with ice cream. You can head to your local parlor after dinner or after the beach. In many Massachusetts areas, it is very common for ice cream trucks to jingle through your neighborhood during the summer. New England checks all of the boxes that were considered when evaluating the country’s best markets for summer food.
This is an obvious choice for best summer food in New England, given the Cape has it all. In Reader’s Choice’s feature on best summer foodie road trips, they call Cape Cod, “Boston’s beach house.” The Cape is filled with summer seafood choices. You can pull up a chair to the seafood bar at the Beachcomber at Cahoon Hallow Beach in Wellfleet. And you will never leave a legendary ice cream shop like Sundae School of the Cape Cod Creamery disappointed.
Maybe not an obvious choice here, but Boston was on All Culinary Schools List of “Best Food Destinations For Summer” due to the cuisine options throughout the city. The features call out the influx of food trucks and iconic chefs and restauranteurs like Barbara Lynch who cook it up in the city. Lastly, they say, “There are a number of culinary schools, including Johnson and Wales University, in the area.”
Finally,Maine shines in the summer for many things, including food. In fact, it was the first destination listed in Reader’s Digest best summer road trips for a foodie. ” This may just be the world’s best location for whole steamed lobsters,” they say. Lobster dishes in Maine can be found all over the state as platters or rolls. To bring this full-circle, Cousins Maine Lobster now has food trucks that venture in all areas of New England.