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Food, travel and the NHL. Is there anything better? (Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
There’s nothing better than getting the best of the local
fare on the road, and when you go to Dallas, there is none better than Pecan Lodge in Deep Ellum. Yes, you’ll
probably have to stand in line, and yes, it might take a little while, but it’s
100 percent worth it.
Texas and barbecue go together so naturally, and getting
it from one of the best places around is awesome. Brisket, ribs, pulled pork,
smoked turkey…there’s even Southern fried chicken. Goodness. It’s appointment
As an Italian Bostonian, I’m going to automatically disqualify the North End because that’s not fair to any other city. Let’s go ahead and take New York City off the list for the same reason.
Hard for me to a pick a favorite, so I’m going to name a few spots. I’ve had some lovely bar food and experiences at Wolf’s Ridge Brewing in Columbus, Ohio. I’m also obsessed with the KB&Co chain in Edmonton, and I’m not usually a plant-based kind of gal.
It’s tough to argue with Joe’s choice of Pecan Lodge in Dallas. It’s excellent barbecue. But I’ve kept a list of my favorite meals in NHL cities for years, so here are a few more places.
Raleigh is a fantastic food city, and years ago a staffer took me to Beasley’s Chicken and Honey and I’ve been back several times since.
Speaking of fried chicken, when a group of media friends went to Hattie B’s in Nashville, I took a trip to Chauhan Ale and Masala House for Indian-Mexican fusion. Try the tandoori chicken poutine. You won’t be disappointed.
Defenseman Connor Carrick once suggested the Purple Pig in Chicago when my parents decided to spend Christmas on the road with me a few years ago, and my mom still talks about how much she loved some of their vegetable dishes.
As an Italian, I can’t leave out Mike’s Pastry for cannoli in Boston, and I’ve heard the owners are big hockey fans as well. When I was young, my grandfather used to put birthday candles in cannoli instead of cake for my brother and me, so it’s one of my first stops every time I’m in the North End.
And, of course, as a born-and-raised Californian, I would be remiss not to mention a couple of Mexican places in Los Angeles. El Cholo, near Crypto.com Arena, has been a local favorite since 1920. You can’t go wrong with any of the taco trucks in Downtown Los Angeles, and if you want to go right outside of downtown, hit up King Taco.
— Abbey Mastracco