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04/14/2013 08:52 am ET Updated Jun 14, 2013

America's Best Places To Eat Like A Local (PHOTOS)

Opened in 2012 by a father-and-son team, Hattie B's has become the Nashville spot for fiery, cayenne-infused, deep-fried "hot chicken." It's an inspired twist on a dish that's comfortingly familiar.

Like beignets (made from a 143-year-old recipe) in New Orleans or a bagel sandwich in New York, the best regional American fare feels close to home -- even if you're dining far from yours.

With the combined forces of our staffers and contributors, we canvassed the 50 states, happily put our stomachs to work to yield a menu of America's must-try dishes from Maine to Honolulu. It's the all-American slice of Travel + Leisure's coverage of the 100 Places to Eat Like a Local.

--Nikki Ekstein

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