Whatever your culinary preferences, you are sure to enjoy the flavours offered by the American restaurants in Edinburgh. Few of us can resist a well-made burger, and the chefs of Edinburgh's American restaurants make it their business to excel at this US favourite. High quality meat, tasty buns and imaginative extras come together to create an irresistible classic. Vegetarians are also well catered for with some excellent veggie burgers that tempt even the most dedicated carnivore. But while our love of US food may have started here, American restaurants in Edinburgh have so much more to offer.
The US is a huge country with a huge variety of regional foods. This regional US cooking is becoming more popular as chefs become more knowledgeable of the local cuisines and many Edinburgh restaurants offer regional American dishes from across the country. Some of these are already familiar, such as the ribs of Chicago, the New York strip steak or deep pan pizza. New England seafood, such as deep fried oysters, clam chowder and lobster, is also well known. Other regional cooking, however, is fairly new to these shores and is worth seeking out.
For a change, why not be inspired by the southern US and try out the cuisines of Louisiana and Florida? The food of Florida is influenced by the local Cuban population and makes use of the abundance of seafood, creating distinctively Floridian dishes. Edinburgh's southern American restaurants also offer some great dishes from New Orleans. The Big Easy's cooking takes inspiration from France and the local Cajun and Creole traditions to create classic dishes like Jambalaya and crawfish stew. A po' boy sandwich is another filling local favourite.
Some of the most exciting cooking in the US is now coming from the west. For example, California is considered by some to be the birthplace of fusion cooking and these innovative dishes are finding their way onto the menus of many American restaurants across Edinburgh. A mixture of Asian flavours and local ingredients come together in a new, light cuisine that focuses on freshness. So, whether you are looking for some traditional burgers, ribs and fries, or something a little more exotic and sophisticated, try out one of these great US eateries.