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Sarah Grueneberg, a "Top Chef" finalist and executive chef at Splaggia in Chicago, would fly to Hong Kong just to eat the roast goose at Yat Lok. (Andi Andreas, Getty Images)

Many travel for business. Some travel for fun. Food people travel to eat. We asked our favorite eating enthusiasts the question "When you travel to eat, where do you go?" The delicious responses follow:

Chef Bill Kim owns Chicago restaurants Urban Belly, Belly Shack and BellyQ. A native of Seoul, Korea, he hosts periodic Chef Karaoke Throwdowns at BellyQ.

  • "I go to Ito City, Japan to eat soba. First they serve chilled noodles with a dipping sauce, then they pour the soba cooking water into the sauce to make a soup that totally blows me away. It is not starchy, and tastes like ramen broth."
  • When you go: Relax in one of Ito's onsen (natural hot springs). Says Kim, "I felt like a soft poached egg in ramen."

Sarah Grueneberg, a "Top Chef" finalist, is executive chef at Splaggia in Chicago.

  • "I would fly to Hong Kong just to eat the roast goose at Yat Lok. It is super caramelized, rendered beautifully -- it's better than pork and when I ate this goose I swore I would never eat duck again!"
  • When you go: There will be lines out the door and the menu is only in Chinese. Order roast goose with rice, or with noodle soup, or just a roast goose leg.

Jonathan Mayers co-founded the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival 12 years ago. His company Superfly Presents also produces the GoogaMooga Festival, coming to Chicago Aug, 24-25.

  • "My favorite place is New Orleans. When I land there I go straight into an eating marathon. The Camelia Grill is a legendary place in Uptown, a classic diner serving throwback food. I get a chicken sandwich and a chocolate freeze."
  • When you go: Stop for a roast beef po-boy at Domilise's.

Karen Nicolas is a Food & Wine Magazine Best New Chef 2012, who hails from State College, Penn.

  • "When I travel just to eat, I head to San Sebastian, Spain to snack at the most refined and creative pintxo (snack)bars Spain has to offer. One of my favorites is called La Cuchara de San Telmo, where I can devour pintxos made of foie gras, sweetbreads and bacalao."
  • When you go: Drink Txakoli, the local fizzy white wine that pairs perfectly with a summer evening of pintxo bar hopping.