I’ve been trying to figure out a way to recount our travels through the United States, as well as characterize the sheer mileage we put in on our trusty Subarus. There are many factors that go into making a visit or trip a memorable one, and the factor that rises to the top is the food.
So I’m going to start a new series – 50 States, 50 Eats. I’ll recap each state we’ve been to in culinary terms. For each state, I’ll mention my favorite restaurant, coffee shop, or food experience. And if you are passing through, you’ll know where to fill ‘ur belly!
Since mid-January, we’ve been to 23 states – most of the Midwest and the East (aside from New England). We’ll visit about 6-10 more before the end of the year (fewer than the first half, as most of our visits in autumn are in California).
Here goes — I’m going to start with our first real stop, Nevada. We drove through Colorado and Utah prior to Nevada, but Colorado’s for another day, and Utah was a sleepy stop. We’ll hang out in Park City in July, at which point I’ll have something to say.
#1 Recommended Eat in Nevada: POP’s Cheesesteaks, Las Vegas
Don’t get me wrong – I don’t even like cheesesteaks, but we were driving through rainy Las Vegas, desperate for some dinner prior to a presentation to the Las Vegas mtb’g community that was soon to start. POP’s shack along a busy road looks ramshackle, but had the tastiest cheesesteak I’ve ever had – you can customize the meat quantity, peppers, spice, onions, and make something that really appeals. It’s a nice break from the typical Las Vegas fancy food. Perhaps this wasn’t even the best meal we had in NV, but it certainly opened my eyes to the fact that a cheesesteak doesn’t have to be nasty.