12/04/2012 11:48:00 AM

20 Awesome Winter Foodie Destinations

Anguilla
By Linnea Covington and Zagat Staff
When the whether is miserable where you live, it's time to take an extended absence and hit the road (or the skies) for a little holiday vacay. But just because you're getting out of town doesn't mean you need to deprive yourself of quality eats. We've selected 20 awesome getaways for foodies, around the U.S. and the world. Check them out in the slide show below, and share your thoughts in the comments.

13 comments :

  1. I live in New York City, which is a Foodie paradise all year long

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  2. Vail, Whistler, really?? Yes, I can agree that there are some world class chefs and incredible sushi at Whistlers restaurants, but these are not "foodie" destinations.

    I would consider myself a foodie, and frequently escape during the winter months, looking for snow, skiing and great food. My husband and I have skied all over the world, and if you want a foodie winter escape in the snow, I have 2 recommendations; Hokkaido, Japan and Zermatt, Switzerland.

    The island of Hokkaido is home to some of the deepest powder snow on earth, that paired with natural onsens (thermal baths) and the local culture of ramen noodle kitchens, izakaya bars (serving grilled marinated skewers of meat and frosty Sapporo beers), and of course some of the best fish on the planet.

    Zermatt was a total surprise, as Swiss food can sometimes seem a bit repetitive, dont get me wrong, I can eat cheese everyday, I just like variety. Last spring while accompanying my husband on a Swiss off-piste ski trip, I was expecting raclette and fondue and I found so much more. Skiing really became just a way to pass the time until lunch. Our incredible guide from Epic Europe ( www.epiceurope.com ) knows the mountain and more importantly the restaurants and their chefs and sometime 3rd generation management like family. Beef capriccio with fresh local asparagus and grilled scampi @ Franz & Heidi, Findlerhof. Fagottini de Pere con Gorgonzola, miele e noci @ Etoile, on the Cervinia side of the hill. Heida wine from the highest vineyards in Europe, located where else, just across the valley. Now that is a winter foodie destination!

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  3. I've never been to Whistler, so I can not comment, but I have lived in many "foodie" destinations (New York, Chicago, New Orleans, Napa, Spain)and the one which I chose to make my permanent home, is Vail. So yes, I am biased, but for anyone hoping for fine dining and incredible, diverse ski and snowboard terrain, Vail is an exceptional choice. Please visit the websites, dining rooms and wine lists of such restaurants as: Splendido, Larkspur, Terra Bistro, and La Tour all in Vail and Beaver Creek!

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  4. And not to forget: Kelly Liken (http://www.kellyliken.com/) and Sweet Basil (http://sweetbasilvail.com/)

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  5. Regarding your description of Portland, Maine -- I like the favorable comparisons to our west coast cousin, but calling Hugo's a "fish joint" is curious. Yes, they serve fish, but it has very little (aside from freshness) from the "fried and served on styrofoam" spots that your moniker implies. Both kinds of restaurants are great, but Hugo's is as high-concept as they come.

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    1. Agreed. Has the writer of the article ever been to Portland, ME? Hugo's has always, and still is, great, but it's no longer owned by Evans...

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    2. The Portland, Maine area has always had many outstanding independent eateries/restaurants. I'm surprised and disappointed that the writer couldn't find other places to mention. True, it doesn't appear that the writer has actually visited the area.

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  6. While visiting Bethlehem, Pa....a visit to the Apollo Grill is a MUST!

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    1. great food and the best ever waitress

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  7. I live in Bethlehem and I don't understand how it made a list for top food destinations. And in regard to Christkindlmarkt, it is great for Christmas decorations and various trinkets, but it is completely lacking in the food category. Unless they added some more options since I was last there a couple weeks ago... Agree with the mention of Apollo Grill...

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  8. Apollo grill, so-so food, rude staff.

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  9. So exciting to see Los Poblanos in New Mexico on the list!! This is a very laid back place with no attitude and a lot of attention to detail (from the rooms to the plate). Small and intimate and on a real working farm and run by a family. The restaurant is not fine dining, but a casual experience like an old country inn and the menu changes pretty often. I had fresh figs they had just picked drizzled with their own honey as a little starter. Divine!

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