Memorable meals were had:
Chi'lantro (Austin) – Kimchi Fries
Woodberry Kitchen (Baltimore)
Vaccaro's Italian Pastry Shop (Baltimore)
Pat's King of Steaks (Philadelphia)
Chaps Pit Beef (Baltimore)
Ripple (Washington, DC)
Teaism (Washington, DC) – Their salty oat cookie recipe still eludes me
GBD (Washington, DC) – The Luther, see below
Thames Street Oyster House (Baltimore)
Peabody's (Goldthwaite, TX)
Bogart's Smokehouse (St. Louis)
Culver's (Valparaiso) – Not all that exciting, but it was my first time
Central BBQ (Memphis)
Tops Bar-B-Q (Memphis)
We took a side trip to Philadelphia, where I was mocked for ordering my cheesesteak "wit Whiz" instead of Provolone or real cheese. Hey, it's tradition!
In travel, I visited new states—Pennsylvania, Delaware, Kentucky, Tennessee. Here's my year in cities:
Austin, Texas (in March, May, and October)
Delaware (just passing through)
St. Louis, Missouri
Des Moines, Iowa
Chicago, Illinois (just O'Hare and the charming Penske rental truck location)
Previous years: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013.
What's on your 2014 list?