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This week IMAGINE DRAGONS share their favorite restaurants to eat at while on tour.
People sometimes point out to us that about one half of our Facebook posts on the road are somehow tied to food. Maybe it's because road life is too busy for anything aside from shows, eating and a little sleep—or maybe we like food more than the average group of guys. Either way, breaking up long drives with a good meal is Touring 101, and here are some of our favorite stops.
Mother’s Bistro in Portland, OR
Man, where do we start with Mother's? We've eaten there five or six times on the road already, and our favorite waiter there is both a Jedi and a life counselor. The all-day breakfast is a must—anything breaded in sugary breakfast cereal and cooked in butter comes highly recommended. If you can't have your mom's home cooking, Mother's Bistro is a solid substitute.
Artichoke Basille’s Pizza in New York, NY
New York has a ridiculous number of cheap, great food options, but we'd be remiss not to include a pizza joint. There are only four types of pizza to choose from here, but it still ain't easy to pick a favorite. [Drummer Daniel] Platzman lived in New York for a while and swears the Sicilian Margherita is best, but really you can't go wrong with any of the four.
Dwight's in Lafayette, LA
A bib is mandatory at Dwight's. Seriously. This was our first experience with real Cajun food in Louisiana. We suggest the fried alligator nuggets and the charbroiled oysters. But let's be honest, you can deep fry just about anything and it will taste amazing.
Iron Works in Austin, TX
Iron Works isn't exactly "unknown," but there is good reason for its infamy: classic Texas BBQ fare. Every meal comes with a slice of white bread, scoop of potato salad and of course, a healthy portion (or three) of protein. The ribs are a little ridiculous. If you're ever in Austin for SXSW, mosey on down.
La Rouge Tomate in Brussels, Belgium
Okay, so you probably won't be passing through Brussels anytime soon looking for fine dining options. [There is also a New York location. –overly thorough ed.] But just in case you find yourself in our shoes, passing through Europe and visiting a friend who is also a chef in a fine dining establishment in downtown Brussels, this is your spot. Our last experience there included dishes like tuna tartare with micro mushrooms, porcini risotto with black truffles and stuffed venison rolls served with a generous portion of sautéed foie (i.e. liver). Most of us don't know how to pronounce these words, but it tasted unbelievably delicious. Mention Imagine Dragons sent you and they'll probably spit in your food. (No, they wouldn't do that.)
Be sure to catch Imagine Dragons on their first headlining tour that runs from February 8 to March 23.