Published July 17, 2012
| The Daily Meal
When planning a culinary road trip across America, there are some pit stops that are certain to make any adventurer hungry for travel.
The Daily Meal’s list of U.S. cities with appetite-inducing names pinpoints quirky towns that make eating enthusiasts crave traveling off the beaten path to explore them.
Breakfast lovers could start their day off in Two Egg, Fla. or in Hot Coffee, Miss. Sandwich aficionados can treat themselves to a sandwich in Sandwich, Mass., or fill up on Turkey in Texas any day of the year.
Travelers with aching sweet tooths can indulge in a selection of pies in the pie shops in Pie Town, N.M., and Popcorn, Ind.
Those with a penchant for acquired tastes are also welcome to stop by in Burnt Corn, Ala., or Gnaw Bone, Ind.
By the end of the day, these delectable detours are sure to leave your stomach full and your appetite for adventure satisfied if not hankering for more.
Sandwich, Mass., is not only Cape Cod's oldest town, but it is also one of the oldest towns in the United States, founded almost 150 years before the American Revolution.
The New England town boasts a seaside location and a population of 23,000.
Burnt Corn, Alabama
Burnt Corn, Ala., is a settlement believed to be created sometime after the American Revolutionary War. The official Burnt Corn town website claims that Andrew Jackson moved his troops through the town in 1814 in defense against the British.
Burnt Corn is named after the Battle of Burnt Corn in 1813 that spurred the Creek War of 1813 and 1814. Today, Burnt Corn features an array of historical buildings and a cotton gin that was built in the 1890s.
Chicken, Alaska, is a small town in rural Alaska originally named "Ptarmigan" after the Alaskan state bird, a bird which was eaten by gold-seeking miners in late 1800s. However, "Ptarmigan" proved to be too difficult to spell, and instead the town's name was changed to Chicken, which apparently bears a large resemblance to Ptarmigan.
There is little electricity, Internet access, or central plumbing in Chicken, though the main street has a bar, a gift shop, and a café.
Cookietown is a small Oklahoma community named after a business owned by resident Marvin Cornelius in the early 20th century.
Around Cookietown, and in other regions of southwest Oklahoma, travelers can enjoy activities, such as camping, fishing, and rock climbing.
Hot Coffee, Mississippi
Hot Coffee is a small, rural community of farms and families in Mississippi. According to folklore, the town received its name from a local who opened an inn in 1870 and sold coffee to travelers passing through town.
Turkey may be the name of this Texas town but it celebrates a musician instead. Turkey is the home of the American swing musician, Bob Wills. This Texan town runs a Bob Wills Museum, celebrates Bob Will's Day, and hosts an annual Bob Will's Day barbecue cook-off.
Popcorn, Ind., is home to the famous popcorn brand named after the town. The Popcorn, Indiana brand sells original kettle corn, wasabi flavored popcorn and chips flavored with classic salt, white Cheddar, Buffalo wing, and jalapeño ranch.
Toast, North Carolina
Toast, N.C., has a population of 1,450 residents, which includes famous old-time fiddler Thomas Jarrell.
Pie Town, New Mexico
This New Mexico town celebrates its name every year with its Annual Pie Festival, where locals compete in pie baking contests. Pie town is also home to Good Pie Cafe and Pie-O-Neer, two cafés that have been featured on television.
The tale behind Pie Town's name comes from a World War I veteran named Clyde Norman who became regionally known for baking scrumptious dried apple pies. The town is named for Norman after his love of pie.
Two Egg, Florida
Two Egg is a quaint, small town located in Jackson County, Fla. The name of the town reveres the community's spirit during the Great Depression when residents traded farm products, such as eggs, in exchange for supplies from local stores.
Famous residents of Two Egg include actress Faye Dunaway and William August Bowles, a pirate known as "Billy Bowlegs." A monster called "mini-bigfoot" and a collection of ghosts are also rumored to haunt the town.
Walnut Creek, California
Walnut Creek was originally inhabited by the Bolbones Indians and was officially given its name in 1862.
The town's population is now 64,296 and the downtown area has museums, such as the Walnut Creek Model Railroad Society, the Shadelands Ranch Historical Museum, and the Lindsay Wildlife Museum.
Tea, South Dakota
Tea is a suburban town of 4,200 in South Dakota. Tea resident Derek Miles has recently qualified for his third Olympic experience in the pole vault category and is competing in this summer's 2012 London Olympic Games.
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