It seems as though there might be 2 kinds of chasers here.
1. Those who look for a specific dish regardless of where they are.
2. Those who look for regional specialties based on where they happen to be.
I'm a little of both, I guess. I'm always on the lookout for barbecue regardless of where I am, even if it's not considered representative, and at the same time if there's a regional specialty that sounds interesting I'll try to give it a try as well.
As far as traveling great distances solely for food...I don't mind 30-40 miles each way (especially if it's a nice day for a drive) but hundreds of miles would be a bit much for me.
Awhile back Taco Bell ran a commercial about some 20-somethings that piled into a car and drove 900 miles each way just to get tacos made with those Doritos-based shells. I wasn't exactly impressed.
post edited by ScreamingChicken - 2013/06/11 10:10:06