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Food, travel and the NHL. Is there anything better? (Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

There’s nothing better than getting the best local cuisine on the road, and when you go to Dallas, there’s nothing better than Pecan Lodge in Deep Ellum. Yes, you’ll probably have to wait in line, and yes, it might take a bit of time, but it’s 100% worth it.

Texas and BBQ go together so naturally, and getting it at one of the best places around is awesome. Brisket, ribs, pulled pork, smoked turkey… there’s even southern fried chicken. Goodness. It’s a date to eat.

—Joe Yerdon


As an Italian Bostonian, I will automatically disqualify the North End because it’s not fair to any other city. Let’s go ahead and take New York off the list for the same reason.

Hard for me to choose a favorite, so I’ll name a few places. I’ve had some great bar fare and experiences at Wolf’s Ridge Brewing in Columbus, Ohio. I’m also obsessed with the KB&Co chain in Edmonton, and I’m not usually a plant girl.

—Sara Civian

It’s hard to argue with Joe’s choice of Pecan Lodge in Dallas. It’s a great barbecue. But I’ve kept a list of my favorite foods in NHL cities for years, so here are a few more places.

Raleigh is a fantastic food town, and years ago a member of staff took me to Beasley’s Chicken and Honey and I’ve been back several times since.

Speaking of fried chicken, when a group of media friends went to Hattie B’s in Nashville, I took a trip to Chauhan Ale and Masala House for Indo-Mexican fusion. Try the tandoori chicken poutine. You will not be disappointed.

Defender Connor Carrick once suggested the Purple Pig in Chicago when my parents decided to spend Christmas on the road with me a few years ago, and my mom still talks about how much she loved some of their vegetable dishes.

As an Italian, I can’t leave out Mike’s Pastry for cannoli in Boston, and I hear the owners are big hockey fans too. When I was young my grandfather used to put birthday candles in cannoli instead of cake for me and my brother so this is one of my first stops whenever I’m in the North End.

And, of course, as a born and bred Californian, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention a few Mexican spots in Los Angeles. El Cholo, near Crypto.com Arena, has been a local favorite since 1920. You can’t go wrong with one of downtown LA’s taco trucks, and if you want to go just outside the downtown, go to the King Taco.

— Mastracco Abbey