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12 Tiny Towns with Exceptional Eats - Fall Weekend Trips

12 Tiny Towns with Exceptional Eats - Fall Weekend Trips
From The Kitchn - September 11, 2017

Do you travel for food? Yes? We thought so. We also imagine that the destinations that come to mind when planning a culinary trip are cities like New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco (i.e., big cities with big food scenes and a big price tag).

But allow me to make a case for the tiny towns across America, places with restaurants that are churning out exceptional eats for their 5,000 or fewer residents. Often these eateries feature local food for a fraction of the cost and the same high standards.

This is not to say that big cities are not worth the cost, but it's possible to save some pennies and eat good food. To help you jump-start your research, below is a list of a dozen tiny towns with exceptional eats.

12 of Our Favorite Small Food Towns

1. Foster, WI (pop: 95)

Where to eat: Foster Cheese Haus

Marked by a "CHEESE" sign peeking over I-94 in west central Wisconsin, Foster Cheese Haus makes some of the best pizza in the state. Pies make use of local cheeses and herbs grown on site and are cooked in their wood-fired pizza oven. Grab a bottle of beer out of their massive walk-in beer "cave" to complete the meal.

2. Paoli, WI (unincorporated)

Where to eat: Paoli Bread and Brat Haus

Just outside Madison, Wisconsina food mecca in its own rightis the too-small-to-be-incorporated town of Paoli and the aptly named Paoli Bread and Brat Haus. There you can find bread made from scratch with locally milled wheat, house-smoked meats, andsince pairing up with the a local microbreweryorganic suds. And what else, really, do you need?

3. Sawyer, MI (pop: 1,344)

Where to eat: Greenbush Brewing Co.

The hub of tiny Sawyer, Michigan, Greenbush Brewing Co. proudly serves some of the best beer in the state. It also has better-than-Texas brisket, cast iron pan mac and cheese, and fried chicken (with coleslaw and cornbread on the side).

4. Kanab, UT (pop: 4,343)

Where to eat: Sego Restaurant

Tucked inside a resort in a small desert town near Zion National Park, Sego is often used as a jumping-off point for adventure-seekersor as a reward at the end of a journey. Sourcing is hyper-local and plates are smaller, tapas-style portions best shared with a group of good friends. The cocktails are also excellent.

5. Chadds Ford, PA (pop: 3,170)

Where to eat: Hank's Place

Started by a Greek immigrant, Hank's Place offers classic homestyle diner cooking with a twist. You ca not go wrong with breakfast staples, but many have also commented that Hank's makes some of the best Greek food they have ever had.

6. Mazama, WA (pop: 190)

Where to eat: The Mazama Store

7. Grand Marais, MN (pop: 1,341)

8. Llano, TX (pop: 3,324)

9. Madrid, NM (pop: 149)

10. Slade, KY (pop: 303)

11. Reedsport, OR (pop: 4,085)

12. Lake Placid, NY (pop: 2,465)

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