As many foodies know, each region has its own unique flavor. I have found without fail, regional food tastes best in that region. With the mass dissemination of theme restaurants, you can get Tex-Mex in Anchorage but will it not be as good as San Antonio.
Some of the local flavors I have come to enjoy in my many Volleyball Travels:
Sweet Tea - South Carolina. Enough sugar to make the spoon stand up.
Plate Lunch - Hawaii; SoCal tries but the tropical air must make the difference.
Burritos - Los Angeles. Too many good places to try and pick one and I like mine wet.
Pork Chops - Iowa. I thought I had eaten pork chops until I had them in Iowa, they are huge!
Coffee - Kona coffee in Hawaii just makes all other java a waste of time.
Fruit - The Willamette Valley in Oregon; it is unreal the amount of fruits and berries which come from there and they were years ahead of the natural-organic movement.
Calzone - I had one in New Jersey which I have been trying to beat for way too many years.
Fish - Tuna off the docks in the Bahamas. I guess everything is better fresh, but right off the boat cannot be beat.
Tex Mex - I have eaten my fair share, but the plethora of good places in San Antonio is amazing.
Shrimp Po-Boy - New Orleans, nothing else has been close.
Hamburger (fast food) - In and Out Burger. Yes it is a cliche, but the place never fails to live up to it's reputation. That huge sign in Las Vegas is more attractive than any casino jumbo tron!
BBQ - I know I am going to make some enemies with this one, but I like central Texas BBQ over the Carolina version. I would gladly eat both if offered, but if I had to choose.....it would be the Lone Star State.
Please don't hesitate to shoot out your favorites via the Comments section!