We know that moving to a new city can spur a number of questions. What are the best neighborhoods to live in? Do they have reliable public transportation? Most importantly, what are the food options?!  Discovering new eats can be an excellent way to build community and get to know the neighborhoods we serve in by visiting tasty, local eateries. So, here are some sites with incredible food scenes that will keep you full and eager to #makebetterhappen!


What better place to spend a year of service than in the beautiful “Sunshine State?” Not only will you soak in ample amounts of sunlight, but you also will be surrounded by some of the best Cuban food in the country. You haven’t experienced a Cuban sandwich until you tried one from Josh’s Deli, a local deli with a “homey” vibe located on the surfside. If you like elements of Korean and Peruvian cuisine infused in your Cuban dishes, then try a Cuban bibimbap bowl. This Miami staple is a perfect mixture of rice, frita, vegetables, kimchee, and fried egg that is big enough for you and a teammate to share.

If Cuban food is not your jam, have no worries! Miami offers a plethora of other foods such as: southern treasures like fried chicken and waffles, tastes of the Caribbean like plantains and Jamaican beef patties, and American delights like juicy burgers and spicy wings. 

Great food in Miami for people on a budget

Little Rock

Besides being known for their amazing cheese dip, Little Rock has a bounty of amazing dishes to choose from. Food Network says, Little Rock has become a “secret foodie city” for locals and visitors. From gourmet pizzas to country-fried steak, it’s a one-stop shop for all your food cravings. Stop by The Root Café and dine on a curry chicken salad while munching on some sweet potato fries.

In the mood for a tasty treat? Check out Loblolly Creamery, a Little Rock favorite for homemade ice cream with creative flavors such as honey-green tea and blackberry-sweet corn. 

Great food in Little Rock for people on a budget

Baton Rouge

Is your idealist journey leading you down the Bayou? You’re in luck; there are plenty of stops along the way that will satisfy your taste buds.  Baton Rouge has some of the best Cajun and creole food that Louisiana can offer. You will find some of the best po-boys served at The Chimes, a restaurant located next to LSU. You can catch a delicious bite before cheering on the purple and gold Tigers to victory! You haven’t tasted authentic gumbo until you’ve had a bowl at Louisiana Lagniappe, one of the most popular restaurants in Baton Rouge for Cajun/creole dining.

While you’re helping your students take a bite out of knowledge, you can help yourself to a bite of king cake, a Louisiana rite of passage. This cake is made of a sweet brioche dough in the shape of a hollow circle with a glazed topping sprinkled with colorful sugar. It is typically associated with Mardi Gras as a mark of the beginning of the Louisiana celebration. Not only is it visually pleasing, but it is also sure to please any sweet tooth.

Great food in Baton Rouge for people on a budget


There are many reasons to #makebetterhappen in the land of the 2016 World Series champs. Celebrate with one of its world famous hot dogs!  Superdawg is critically acclaimed for its dogs that are sure to make your mouth water. Pro tip: the locals do not put ketchup on their dogs!  

In the windy city, service lies deep in the hearts of our AmeriCorps members. Almost as deep as the deep dish pizza you can find at Lou Malnati’s. Foodies call it the “holy grail” of all pizza.

Need a snack while working on your lesson plans? Grab a handful of Garrett Popcorn, the best flavored popcorn in the country. It’s so good, people travel to Chicago just to bring home a bag of the sweet and salty mix. 

Great food in Chicago for people on a budget

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