04/19/2011 09:25 am ET Updated Jun 19, 2011

9 Fantastic Small Foodie Towns (PHOTOS)

Restaurants in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles have all won awards, been lauded by critics time and again, and often serve as landmarks in many travelers' memories. But what about those towns people pass by on their road trips to San Francisco or flights over the country?

There are small towns all across the U.S. that you could easily pass by not knowing what you're missing. Places like Evanston, Ill., Danville, Calif., and Ithaca, N.Y. are serving food to rival that of any award-winning meal in neighboring cities. From holes-in-the-wall to fine dining hidden treasures and from "down home" Southern cooking to delicious sushi, the options are manifold.

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