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Fried Artichokes
Photographer: Thayer Allyson Gowdy

Fried Artichokes

Santa Cruz, California

Sure, the corn dogs get a lot of attention at Surf City Grill in Santa Cruz, California, but the real cognoscenti know it’s all about the artichokes. Fried in a light coating of batter that’s a secret recipe (using garlic from the nearby town of gilroy), each hot, savory bite tastes fresh—not greasy.

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