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Great American regional specialties

brad kaplan Jun 13, 2003 01:27 AM

i was thinking about the great regional food specialties of america, and a lot of sandwiches came to mind (philly cheesesteak, new orleans muffuletta, memphis pulled pork bbq, maine lobster rolls, etc.).

i'd love to compile a list of all the "don't miss" local specialties across the country, sandwiches and otherwise, so what would all you chowhounds include???

a few others i've thought of . . .
Baltimore crabs
Florida stone crabs
Texas bbq brisket
New Orleans gumbo, jambalaya, po boys
Louisianna boudin
Kentucky fried chicken (oops!)

  1. t
    thinks too much Apr 24, 2007 04:46 AM

    Utah: Navaho tacos
    New Mexico: Sopapillas
    Connecticut/Rhode Island: Whole Bellied Clams
    Hot dogs: everywhere and everyone has their own specific arrangement, making them both universal and regional. Greek dogs, gaggers, red hots, white hots, etc.
    New York: Pretzels
    New Orleans: beignets and chicory coffee
    Smokies: ramps
    Northeast and Northwest: Morels
    Hawaii: Shave Ice

    1. f
      Fuser Apr 24, 2007 02:22 AM

      I'm glad someone mentioned New Jersey's hoagies. The grinders in Boston are also worthy of note.
      Some of my favorite regional foods are
      Wise potato chips, east coast
      Waffle House, south, east.
      I love the fried clams in Massachusetts. I'll never forget the clams sold at Wood's Hole. They became such a part of the summer fun on Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard.
      Pine Club steaks in Dayton, Ohio, are still worth a visit.
      What about true deli food in NYC? Real New York pastrami, chopped liver, etc., oy vay!

      1. grocerytrekker Apr 23, 2007 10:44 PM

        Maid-rite sandwich in the Midwest (originated in Iowa)

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        1. re: grocerytrekker
          Pollo Apr 23, 2007 11:26 PM

          I had some deep fried "pickled" (acidified...jar packed) green pepers in Kentucky (Winchester) that were suposed to have been a local "specialty"....actually very tasty.....

        2. EJC Apr 23, 2007 09:24 PM

          Representing the great state of Alabama, a few more that I didn't see listed:

          - White BBQ Sauce (Mrs. Myra's, Bob Gibson's)
          - Brown-sauced B'ham hot dogs (Pete's Famous, Sam's Super Sandwiches, Sneaky Petes) w/ Grapico
          - Dale's Seasoning
          - Fried Green Tomatoes (Irondale Cafe)

          1. Brian S Apr 23, 2007 09:41 AM

            There are so many, and most are unknown outside the little region where they are served, and I think they are fast disappearing. The Eastern shore of Maryland had many seafood-oriented recipes and also their own breed of corn. http://www.e-cookbooks.net/articles/s... But I don't know if you can find it now.

            A few from Oklahoma (and surrounding area


            Chicken-fried steak (with a gravy, a lot like jagerschnitzel), Frito pie, 3 way chili on spaghetti. Many of the Amish and Mennonite families in the area make complex, wonderful food, elaborate pies and cakes, even spaghetti sauce made by each family from their garden tomatoes, then sealed in jars for the winter.

            1. k
              kenw Feb 4, 2007 06:31 AM

              i'm looking for someplace in orlando, fl. area where i can get a pork tenderloin sandwich.
              this is one food that i've really missed from when i used to live in dixon,il. i haven't had
              one since(over 35 years ago) & i'm really getting hungry. help

              1. l
                LisaM Jun 17, 2003 12:08 PM

                New Haven: clam pizzas

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                1. re: LisaM
                  Letsplay1 Jun 17, 2003 02:31 PM

                  There you go....

                  Now you've done it.....

                  You just ignited my ultimate hunger pang...

                  Now it's a hour plus drive to Frank Pepe's....

                  But well worth the drive.


                  1. re: Letsplay1
                    LisaM Jun 17, 2003 06:02 PM

                    Okay, confession time...never actually *ate* clam pizza, but it must be good. What's on it, exactly, besides clams??

                    1. re: LisaM
                      Letsplay1 Jun 18, 2003 09:49 AM

                      The dressing is very basic:

                      Fresh shucked clams & Romano cheese on their perfectly
                      baked coal oven fired thin crust abeetz (that's pizza).

                      I'm a person who hates to wait on line for just about
                      anything, but Pepe's is one of the few exceptions and that's after a 70 mile drive.

                      Just heavenly.

                      1. re: Letsplay1
                        jen kalb Jun 18, 2003 09:16 PM

                        It probably has a bit of olive oil and likely garlic.
                        The best clam pie I ever had was at a sortof glitzy biggish place down the street from Pepe's on the same side of the street, now closed - it also had a bit of parsley and was served with lemon wedges. Just wonderful

                        1. re: jen kalb
                          Letsplay1 Jun 19, 2003 11:08 AM

                          Yes, how could I possibly forget two of my Sicilian staples of life.

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                  alohalisa Jun 16, 2003 10:51 PM

                  Chicken Kelaguen from Guam! Chopped barbecued chicken, freshly grated coconut, hot peppers, lemon juice and salt. Eat on tortillas. Hafa Adai!

                  1. b
                    Bunny-Bunny Jun 16, 2003 01:17 PM

                    Ok, thought of a few more that should have been obvious

                    Philly--did anyone say scrapple? Love that stuff. And snapper turtle soup, Headhouse squares, and of course big soft pretzles.

                    Jersey--Italian hoagies, Italian ice, Italian hotdogs, sweet corn, Delorenzos tomato pies.

                    New Haven--Pepe's pizza, Willoughby's coffee, and Elm City Ale

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                      MiriamTeresa Jun 16, 2003 01:10 PM

                      I haven't read absolutely all the responses, but I haven't seen anyone mention any of the great Pittsburgh specialties - chipped ham and chipped ham sandwiches, lemon blend, Primanti's sandwiches (with the fries on), pierogis and drive through pierogi places, and Klondikes (now available nationally).

                      there must be some others that I am forgetting...

                      The NJ pork roll is one of my all time favorite regional foods, seeing all the mentions has made me want a sandwich.


                      1. b
                        Bob W. Jun 16, 2003 10:46 AM

                        You can't attend one of the many town/county/state fairs in Maine and not have at least one doughboy -- a misshapen oval of fried dough hot from the fryolator, covered with powdered sugar (which I think are pretty close to what New Yorkers know as zeppoles).

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                        1. re: Bob W.
                          bigskulls Jun 16, 2003 11:43 AM

                          a big thumbs up for dough boys. Used to eat them at the Cumberland Fair myself (as well as the Yarmouth Clam Festival). My mom even figured out how to make them at home. Also right up there is funnel cake, but I guess that's a bit more widespread.

                          1. re: bigskulls
                            ric Jun 17, 2003 06:52 AM

                            Didn't Funnel Cakes start out as a regional treat in Pennsylvania Dutch country?

                          2. re: Bob W.
                            Sany Jun 16, 2003 12:14 PM

                            We call them "elephant ears," and they are a fixture at any fair in SC.

                            1. re: Sany
                              Bob W. Jun 16, 2003 12:31 PM

                              That's interesting, because elephant ears are what we (back home in Rhode Island) called palmiers.

                              Recently, and I can't remember where (but it might have been down in Florida), I saw palmiers being sold as "angels' wings."

                          3. r
                            ric Jun 15, 2003 07:43 PM

                            You've started a fun thread, Brad!

                            Regional sandwiches:
                            Philadelphia area: "Corned Beef Special"
                            Kentucky: the "Hot Brown," a turkey and bacon and rich cheese sauce that apparently began at the Brown Hotel in Louisville, but has many imitators and variations at this point.

                            1. j
                              john clark Jun 15, 2003 05:00 PM

                              Southern Maryland stuffed ham -- country ham stuffed with chopped kale.

                              1. c
                                Chorus Girl Jun 14, 2003 09:23 PM

                                New Orleans--Zapp's potato chips, in various flavors

                                Jersey Shore--Kohr's frozen custard. The orange & vanilla twist is the most wonderful Creamsicle ever. Has anyone seen their stands anywhere other than on the boardwalks?

                                1. l
                                  LisaM Jun 14, 2003 12:53 PM

                                  NY City: Manhattan Special coffee soda
                                  Texas (and maybe all over the South): Coke and peanuts
                                  Maine: small blueberries
                                  NJ: big blueberries
                                  Oregon: razor clams, salmon jerky, espresso at gas stations
                                  Seattle: Starbucks ;-))
                                  Southern US: Iced tea with simple syrup

                                  And - is the "sausage and pepper" (said w/NY accent) sandwich (Italian sweet sausage, fried onions and green peppers on crusty Italian bread) just a NY tristate thing?

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                                  1. re: LisaM
                                    LisaM Jun 14, 2003 12:56 PM

                                    While on the subject of jerky, I seem to recall that all over the Pacific NW, beef jerky of many types is everywhere, sold in dark leathery strips from big jars at gas stations and convenience stores, etc.

                                    1. re: LisaM
                                      ric Jun 15, 2003 07:37 PM

                                      I am a New York transplant to Florida, many years ago. I had my first sausage-pepper-etc. sandwich at a county fair in Florida, and I have loved them ever since. A lot of Floridians are big on the sausage BBQ, so I don't think New York has a corner on it. And my stomach is so glad!

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                                      Lan4Dawg Jun 13, 2003 10:40 PM

                                      breakfast in North Georgia....
                                      pork brains & scrambled eggs, country ham w/ red eye gravy, cat head biscuits, rat trap cheese, saw mill gravy, chicory coffee or egg shell coffee.
                                      snack while fishing....
                                      Vienna sausages, Vidalia onion (in season), sardines, rat trap cheese, & soda crackers
                                      & for dinner.....
                                      "whistlin' pig" in gravy w/ fried sweet potatoes, collard greens & cracklin' cornbread
                                      late night snack....
                                      cornbread & clabber or buttermilk (& you can start a serious argument as to whether you dunk the cornbread in the buttermilk or pour the buttermilk on the cornbread)

                                      Kentucky burgoo
                                      lamb fries in middle Kentucky
                                      Brunswick stew in Georgia & Virginia
                                      Country Captain in coastal Georgia
                                      Pimento cheese burgers in Cola
                                      Tamales in north Mississippi
                                      Slug Burgers in Corinth, MS
                                      pan fried okra all across the South
                                      muscadine & scuppernong preserves, jams, & wine in north Georgia
                                      this makes me hungry & I just finished dinner!

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                                      1. re: Lan4Dawg
                                        Sandy Jun 16, 2003 08:11 AM

                                        Rockville, SC, lunch at the sailboat races in the 1950's: cans of sardines, soda crackers, and RC Cola.

                                      2. s
                                        southerngirl Jun 13, 2003 06:06 PM

                                        Red beans and rice in S. Louisiana-I grew up eating it every Monday. One of many things I miss in Austin.

                                        Tamales on Christmas Eve in Texas

                                        BBQ and a big red soda in San Antonio

                                        1. s
                                          StephenB Jun 13, 2003 06:05 PM

                                          Wisconsin has the following offerings:

                                          Frozen custard (with the best being Kopp's in Milwaukee, although that might start a fight)

                                          Friday night fish fry (statewide offering, although most popular in Milwaukee)

                                          Bratwurst (Usingers and Johnsonville) and fresh braunschweiger

                                          Door County fish boil (sort of a Scandanavian version of a Louisiana crawfish boil)

                                          And in Monroe, WI lurks the last dairy in the US making fresh Limburger!

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                                          1. re: StephenB
                                            Gary Soup Jun 13, 2003 08:22 PM

                                            Somehow "fresh" and "limburger" don't seem to go together....

                                          2. b
                                            Bunny-Bunny Jun 13, 2003 04:49 PM

                                            For the Northwest, I'd have to add oysters on the half shell (especially kumamotos--yum), hard smoked salmon, dungeoness crabs, and morels.

                                            To the Jersey ones below (pork roll, clams on the half shell), I'll also add Italian hoagies, tomato sandwiches in summer, pencil points, and Loeffler's hotdogs.

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                                            1. re: Bunny-Bunny
                                              mc Jun 15, 2003 12:05 PM

                                              another NJ treat is Sloppy Joe sandwiches. Packed high with coleslaw-yum
                                              Don't confusewith the other type sloppy joe with ground meat & tom sauce

                                            2. j
                                              Jambalaya Jun 13, 2003 03:46 PM

                                              Although someone surprisingly mentioned the Buffalo Beef on 'Weck and a Loganberry, they left out the perennial favourite - Wings!

                                              I'm also surprised no one mentioned fried crab claws out of Mobile, Alabama - they're the Chicken Wings of the Gulf Coast.

                                              1. s
                                                Sharuf Jun 13, 2003 01:08 PM

                                                In Washington State, razor clams are soul food. You have to dig them yourself, usually in the early morning, usually in veeerrry cold water, but they're worth it. About three of 'em makes a serving.

                                                Link: http://www.razorclams.com

                                                Image: http://www.razorclams.com/razclam.jpg

                                                1. j
                                                  johnnym Jun 13, 2003 12:22 PM

                                                  It's not American, but it's close...poutine in Quebec. You can even get it at Expos games. (with a Labatt's)

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                                                  1. re: johnnym
                                                    wally Jun 13, 2003 04:38 PM

                                                    Along with that shouldn't you include smoked meat?

                                                  2. b
                                                    bigskulls Jun 13, 2003 11:37 AM

                                                    NY -- egg creams, fresh pastrami and corned beef sandwich.

                                                    Maine -- "Italian" sandwich.

                                                    LA -- boiled crawfish.

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                                                    1. re: bigskulls
                                                      jen kalb Jun 13, 2003 06:48 PM

                                                      what a Maine italian sandwich and where do you get them?

                                                      1. re: jen kalb
                                                        bigskulls Jun 13, 2003 11:18 PM

                                                        well, since you asked, "Italians" are sold in many delis in Portland and all over at least southern Maine (I haven't been 'up the county' myself yet). They normally consist of a rather doughy longish bun, similar to the ubiquitous "hero" role in NYC delis but straighter and with less of a crust, sliced down the middle, with strips of ham, american cheese on either side, and on top pickles, green pepper, tomato and black olives. "Salt, pepper and oil with that?" Many variations: turkey Italian, bacon Italian, tuna Italian, veggie Italian (more peppers), whatever else you want to think up. Lunch food, basically....

                                                    2. b
                                                      butterfly Jun 13, 2003 11:30 AM

                                                      Toasted Ravioli--St. Louis
                                                      Cuban Sandwiches--Tampa and Miami, FL
                                                      Half smokes--DC

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                                                        flavrmeistr Jun 13, 2003 11:15 AM

                                                        Boiled peanuts--GA, FL
                                                        Smoked Kingfish, smoked fish dip--FL
                                                        fish n' grits--FL
                                                        Baltimore Lemon Twist (half a lemon w/peppermint stick in the middle, you suck the juice through the peppermint--ingenious, delicious)--MD
                                                        Deep-fried half smoke w/coleslaw and hot sauce--DC
                                                        Steak 'n Cheese Sub (not a Philly--real steak, provolone)--DC
                                                        Steamed Shrimp w/ Old Bay--Maryland to Florida
                                                        Boiled Shrimp--FL Panhandle, AL, MS
                                                        Peach Wine--SC
                                                        Pit Beef--MD
                                                        Smithfield ham and ham biscuits-VA
                                                        Damson preserves and Damsons in moonshine whisky--VA, TN
                                                        She-Crab soup--MD, VA, NC
                                                        "Pisser" clams--MD,DE,NJ

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                                                        1. re: flavrmeistr
                                                          butterfly Jun 13, 2003 11:28 AM

                                                          I've never heard of the Baltimore Lemon Twist, but it sounds great--is it something that people make at home or is it the trademark of a particular restaurant?

                                                          1. re: butterfly
                                                            flavrmeistr Jun 13, 2003 12:33 PM

                                                            It's a treat the fruit peddlers would sell to the kids in the old neighborhoods of Baltimore. You still see them at street fairs and in certain neighborhood stores. I don't know if any of the "A-rabbers" (guys that peddled fruit and seafood from horse-drawn carts) are still in business over there, but they were still going strong in the late 1970s. The lemon twist is an amazingly tasty treat that I've never seen anywhere else.

                                                            1. re: flavrmeistr
                                                              Christina D Jun 13, 2003 02:17 PM

                                                              Lemon twists used to be one of the highlights of our annual Christmas fair in elementary school. That and having your name put on a Christmas ball in glitter.

                                                              Thanks for bringing back the memories!!

                                                              1. re: flavrmeistr
                                                                Suzanne Jun 13, 2003 04:35 PM

                                                                Yep, there's still a couple of A-rabbers here, despite the best efforts of some do-gooders to throw them out.

                                                                1. re: flavrmeistr
                                                                  Caitlin Wheeler Jun 13, 2003 06:03 PM

                                                                  We used to have them when I was growing up in California. Usually made with Sees candy twists in various flavors (including peppermint) they were common at fairs and carnivals, but you could easily make them at home.

                                                                  1. re: flavrmeistr
                                                                    Sharuf Jun 15, 2003 10:16 AM

                                                                    Could somebody describe them please? I can't tell if they're cookies, candy, a form of donut or whatever.

                                                                    1. re: Sharuf
                                                                      flavrmeistr Jun 15, 2003 06:35 PM

                                                                      It's a lemon, rolled around to make it juicy, with one end cut off and a peppermint stick inserted like a straw. You suck the juice through the peppermint and the result is unexpectedly fabulous. Anyone can make them at home but I've only seen them sold in Baltimore, mostly from pushcarts.

                                                                      1. re: flavrmeistr
                                                                        Sandy Jun 16, 2003 08:19 AM

                                                                        I knew a similar thing in the SC lowcountry when I was a kid: an orange with a peppermint stick for a straw. I don't think it was peculiar to the area, since I have seen pictures of the same thing in late 19th century children's books.

                                                                        1. re: flavrmeistr
                                                                          Pesel Feb 14, 2007 08:02 AM

                                                                          Lexington Market in Baltimore City sells the peppermint sticks you insert into the lemon before you use them as straws to suck out the lemon juice!

                                                                    2. re: butterfly
                                                                      MiriamTeresa Jun 16, 2003 01:04 PM

                                                                      Oh so that's what you call the lemon and peppermint stick. It seems to me that I saw them a lot in Pittsburgh when I was growing up, and street fairs and such. They never had a name though, and always made with that sort of soft crumby peppermint stick. Glad to hear more about them, because no one had heard of them in MA.


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                                                                    Nancy Berry Jun 13, 2003 10:42 AM

                                                                    San Francisco and Northern California:

                                                                    --Dungeness Crab: Cioppino, Crab Louis
                                                                    --Sourdough bread
                                                                    --Wild salmon
                                                                    --Monterey Prawns
                                                                    --Hangtown Fry
                                                                    --Joe's Special

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                                                                    1. re: Nancy Berry
                                                                      Gary Soup Jun 13, 2003 11:19 AM

                                                                      San Francisco burritos
                                                                      Irish Coffee at Buena Vista
                                                                      It's-It (Do they still make these?)

                                                                      And one without much of a pedigree but still devoured by more tourists than anything else: Clam chowder in a Boudin sourdough bread "bowl."

                                                                      1. re: Gary Soup
                                                                        mikeb Jun 13, 2003 12:00 PM

                                                                        It's Its are still around. And as good as ever. Drive south from the airport on a weekday around dinner time and just smell the cookies in the air. Look to the east and there is the factory from which they come.

                                                                        Link: http://www.sonic.net/~playland/it.html

                                                                        1. re: mikeb
                                                                          wally Jun 13, 2003 06:35 PM

                                                                          But they are not from Playland any more.

                                                                          1. re: wally
                                                                            Gary Soup Jun 13, 2003 07:19 PM

                                                                            I guess you could eat one while watching the climactic scene from Orson Welles' "Lady From Shanghai," which was filmed at Playland.

                                                                            And Mint sounds kind of newfangled, too.....

                                                                            1. re: Gary Soup
                                                                              Caitlin McGrath Jun 13, 2003 07:32 PM

                                                                              Yeah, mint only dates from the 70s. Coffee and chocolate came in in the 80s. But It's-It labels still mention Playland. Geez, I miss It's-Its - they really are a local-only thing.

                                                                        2. re: Gary Soup
                                                                          Mrs. Smith Jun 13, 2003 05:01 PM

                                                                          Yes, they make It's-Its, in vanilla and mint. Fantastic yummy thing. Sold in most grocery stores in SF still.

                                                                          A regional specialty no one has every heard of from Duluth, Minnesota: A pepper cheeseburger. It's a mix of groung pork and beef, breaded, deep fried, and served with a topping of pepper jack cheese. Fantastic junk food.

                                                                          More Minnesota specialties: Lake Superior whitefish, wild blueberries, true wild rice (of course!), Labrador tea.

                                                                          1. re: Mrs. Smith
                                                                            flavrmeistr Jun 13, 2003 08:08 PM

                                                                            Other Duluth, MN faves:

                                                                            Smoked chubb
                                                                            Fried Walleye
                                                                            Fried smelts (during the run)
                                                                            Potato sausage
                                                                            Swedish pancakes w/blueberries, currants and sour cream
                                                                            Cardamom coffee

                                                                            1. re: flavrmeistr
                                                                              shoo-bee-doo Jun 13, 2003 10:23 PM

                                                                              Yes, all those things also.

                                                                            2. re: Mrs. Smith
                                                                              shoo-bee-doo Jun 13, 2003 10:21 PM

                                                                              More northern Minnesota specialties - Iron Range style.

                                                                              Pasties - shared with UP people (probably northern Wisconsin people also)

                                                                              Potica - shared with Cleveland and other places where Slovenes gather

                                                                              Porketta on hard rolls from Sunrise Bakery

                                                                              Walleye from the fresh water lakes

                                                                              Crappies from the fresh water lakes

                                                                              Pheasant and venison from the northern woods

                                                                              1. re: shoo-bee-doo
                                                                                wally Jun 14, 2003 01:21 AM

                                                                                Potica made it to Southwestern Wyoming with a very small number of Slovenes.

                                                                                1. re: wally
                                                                                  JoanB Jun 14, 2003 11:05 AM

                                                                                  Also to Roundup, Montana!

                                                                              2. re: Mrs. Smith
                                                                                Nancy Berry Jun 14, 2003 10:55 AM

                                                                                They also make chocolate, strawberry and coffee It's-Its.

                                                                            3. re: Nancy Berry
                                                                              Sharuf Jun 13, 2003 12:59 PM

                                                                              And don't forget artichokes, the bigger the better! The local brussels sprouts ain't bad either, especially impressive when you buy them by the spear.

                                                                              And our own locally-grown oysters and locally-caught salmon.

                                                                              1. re: Nancy Berry
                                                                                claracamille Jun 14, 2003 02:11 PM

                                                                                Indiana- Breaded tenderloin sandwich, with tenderloins
                                                                                as big around as the plate

                                                                                sugar cream pie

                                                                                West Virginia- hot dogs with chili,slaw,mustard.onions

                                                                                pepperoni rolls

                                                                                1. re: Nancy Berry
                                                                                  mrnyc Jun 16, 2003 06:05 PM

                                                                                  great thread, very interesting and addicting to read. i'm suprized that i knew of so many--prob thru chowhound no doubt.

                                                                                  cleveland: it's the walleye/perch/pierogie capital. hmm, pizza bagels at the wsm, MAMA SANTOS pizza, PRESTI'S sourcream doughnuts, HONEY HUT ice cream, whipped cream cheese in various day-glo colors, fries w/ gravy, amish rhubarb pie & trail bologna, ORLANDO chibatta bread, STOUFFERS(yuck) and last but not least....CHEF-BOY-R-DEE!!!!

                                                                                  ohio: GRAETERS, TOFTS, YOUNG'S DAIRY ice creams.

                                                                                  n. michigan: cherry pie!

                                                                                  1. re: mrnyc
                                                                                    Kelli2006 Feb 4, 2007 12:01 PM

                                                                                    stadium mustard
                                                                                    Gallucis twist bread.
                                                                                    NY spaghetti house brown sauce.

                                                                                    sauerkraut balls
                                                                                    Luigi's pizza
                                                                                    Barberton fried chicken

                                                                                    MRNYC, I grew up with trail bologna and baby swiss, and can only eat it a few times a year.

                                                                                  2. re: Nancy Berry
                                                                                    karen2006 Apr 23, 2007 11:30 PM

                                                                                    Where do you get wild salmon in SF?

                                                                                    1. re: karen2006
                                                                                      justagthing Apr 24, 2007 07:20 AM

                                                                                      Wild Salmon was prevalent throughout CA until we started diverting our water. Now one of the only areas where wild Salmon can be found is near the Oregon border. So I am assuming that is where it is caught.

                                                                                      1. re: karen2006
                                                                                        Nancy Berry Apr 24, 2007 10:01 PM

                                                                                        The commercial wild salmon season starts in the San Francisco Bay Area on May 1st. Sport fishing has already started. There are still wild salmon in California. An interesting trip for chowhounds is to the Feather River Fish Hatchery in Lake Oroville where you can see the salmon jump the fish ladder and where they lay their eggs. http://www.lakeoroville.water.ca.gov/...

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                                                                                      WLA Jun 13, 2003 10:00 AM

                                                                                      Out here on the left hand coast all we have is a "cuisine" named after our state. ;-D>

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                                                                                      1. re: WLA
                                                                                        pam Jun 13, 2003 01:18 PM

                                                                                        au contraire - the French Dip is a treasure - originated at Philippe's in the heart of the puebla de los angeles!

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                                                                                          WLA Jun 13, 2003 01:31 PM

                                                                                          Right you are. But we seem to be refiners of others food inventions for the most part. I mean take things like pizza and (depending on your point of view) the perversion or pleasing things that CPK, (or Wolfie with his "Jewish" pizza) have done with them.

                                                                                          Any other home grown So. Calif. foods that you can think of?

                                                                                          1. re: WLA
                                                                                            DanaB Jun 13, 2003 03:30 PM

                                                                                            The Haas Avocado

                                                                                            The Meyer Lemon

                                                                                            Cal-Mex food, such as the hard shell taco, the mission burrito, etc.


                                                                                            The fish taco (created in baja, made popular via San Diego).


                                                                                            Sardines (at least in the Monterrey/Cannery row heyday)

                                                                                            Casaer Salad (created in Tiajuana)

                                                                                            Cobb Salad (created at the Brown Derby)

                                                                                            1. re: DanaB
                                                                                              pam Jun 13, 2003 03:54 PM

                                                                                              Joe's special
                                                                                              Date shakes
                                                                                              Chocolate covered frozen bananas (I think they were invented in Balboa/Lido - is that correct?)
                                                                                              Cioppino (SF original)

                                                                                              1. re: pam
                                                                                                pam Jun 13, 2003 03:56 PM

                                                                                                Cobb Salad (Brown Derby) - how could i forget!

                                                                                                1. re: pam
                                                                                                  DanaB Jun 13, 2003 04:09 PM

                                                                                                  Oh, and the California Roll (created in Little Tokyo, downtown LA).

                                                                                            2. re: WLA
                                                                                              Leucadian Apr 23, 2007 09:55 PM

                                                                                              Fish tacos in San Diego. My brother from Cleveland can't believe it's food, but we love them. And our local favorite, carne asada burrito (no rice, please, just beef and guacamole in a giant flour tortilla).

                                                                                              Old southern items I haven't had for a long time: beaten bisquit and spoonbread.

                                                                                              1. re: WLA
                                                                                                Fuser Apr 24, 2007 02:09 AM

                                                                                                How can you forget Santa Maria style barbecue, specifically trip tip?

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                                                                                            SisterT Jun 13, 2003 09:49 AM

                                                                                            OK, so some of these have been hit but this is my list anyway!

                                                                                            - New York: pizza, bagels, Italian hoagies, hot dogs (especially Sabretts right out of the cart or Nathan's but only at Coney Island), cheesecake, real Buffalo wings
                                                                                            - Cincinnati Chili (I prefer 3 way myself)
                                                                                            - Texas chili
                                                                                            - Carolina Barbecue
                                                                                            - Memphis Barbecue
                                                                                            - Pennsylvania Dutch funnel cakes, Philly cheesesteaks
                                                                                            - Kentucky Ale-8-1 soda, Derby pie
                                                                                            - Boston baked beans
                                                                                            - Key West Key Lime Pie, chocolate covered Key Lime pie on a stick, Florida Dat'l Do-It Pepper jelly
                                                                                            - Southern Sweet Tea
                                                                                            - Ocean City , MD Fisher's Popcorn
                                                                                            - New England maple syrup
                                                                                            - Louisiana gumbo, po' boys, beignets, Tabasco pepper sauce, King cakes, Hurricanes, crawfish, Andouille, Tasso, pralines
                                                                                            - Virginia peanuts
                                                                                            - WHERE EVER THERE IS A WHITE CASTLES!

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                                                                                            1. re: SisterT
                                                                                              Sandy Jun 16, 2003 08:28 AM

                                                                                              Finally, some one mentioned Cincinnati Chili - one of the world's greatest dishes, especially if from Camp Washington Chili Parlor. Where are you Univ. of Cincinnati students? Surely you still go there?

                                                                                              Don't forget Goetta.

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                                                                                                Sandy Jun 16, 2003 08:38 AM

                                                                                                What do you mean by "Carolina Barbecue?" Which Carolina? (There are 2, you know.) Eastern NC (Vinegar & Pepper)? "Lexington" type (vinegary, but with tomato)? Central SC (Mustard-Based)? NE SC (Much like Eastern NC)? Sumter-Manning area (Tomato based but very hot)? Upstate SC (Varies, but usually tomato-based)? Central Savannah River area (Somewhat like Lexington NC, but pretty hot)? And the list goes on. Futhermore, there will be arguments over which is typical of what area. It's almost better not to mention bbq.

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                                                                                                Bob W. Jun 13, 2003 09:40 AM

                                                                                                Virginia: peanut soup.

                                                                                                Tastes light years better than you'd ever imagine!

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                                                                                                  applehome Jun 13, 2003 08:42 AM

                                                                                                  Fried Clams in New England
                                                                                                  Dry-aged beef steaks (rib-eye, strip, tenderloin, porterhouse) from Peter Luger's in NY or perhaps places in Chicago or the southwest (although dry-aging is pretty rare)
                                                                                                  Chili (probably Texas, again, darn it)
                                                                                                  Southern biscuits and gravy
                                                                                                  Smithfield ham
                                                                                                  Andouille sausage
                                                                                                  Dirty rice
                                                                                                  NYC Pizza
                                                                                                  Chicago deep dish pizza

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                                                                                                    Paul Lukas Jun 13, 2003 08:27 AM

                                                                                                    This is one of my favorite topics. A partial listing:

                                                                                                    - Maine: lobster, lobster roll, blueberry pie

                                                                                                    - Rhode Island: NY system hot wieners; quahogs; Del's frozen lemonade; cabinets (milkshakes); Awful Awfuls (special cabinet at Newport Creamery outlets); jonnycakes; doughboys; clamcakes; coffee milk

                                                                                                    - Buffalo: beef on weck sandwiches; loganberry juice

                                                                                                    - Binghamton, NY: spiedies

                                                                                                    - Pennsylvania: scrapple; shoofly pie

                                                                                                    - Kentucky: bbq'd mutton; Ale-8-1 soda

                                                                                                    - Carolinas: Cheerwine soda; Blenheim ginger ale; bbq (with vinegar-based sauce in N.Carolina, mustard-based in S.Carolina);

                                                                                                    - Alabama: Buffalo Rock ginger ale

                                                                                                    - Cincinnati: five-way chili; goetta sausage

                                                                                                    - Michigan: cherry pie; Vernor's ginger ale; Faygo Redpop; Cornish pasties

                                                                                                    - Wisconsin: cheese curds; bratwurst; frozen custard

                                                                                                    - St. Louis: bbq'd snoots sandwich

                                                                                                    - Minnesota: lutefisk, if you dare

                                                                                                    - North Dakota: pitchfork fondue (steak stuck on a pitchfork and deep-fried in a big vat of oil)

                                                                                                    - Nebraska: red beer (beer with a dash of Clamato)

                                                                                                    - Oklahoma: bbq'd balogna

                                                                                                    OK, that's enough for now -- it's a big country!!


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                                                                                                      Karl S. Jun 13, 2003 08:48 AM

                                                                                                      Rochester, NY: garbage plates and red hots.

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                                                                                                        Karl S. Jun 13, 2003 08:53 AM

                                                                                                        Oh, and some more New England specials:

                                                                                                        Fish chowder (probably more classic than clam chowder)
                                                                                                        Kale soup (the New England variant of the classic Portuguese caldo verde)
                                                                                                        Saturday night community bean suppers -- Baked beans (Boston/coastal style (made with molasses) and Maine/North Country style (made with maple syrup)) with brown bread and hot dogs, etc.
                                                                                                        Apple pie with Vermont cheddar for breakfast


                                                                                                        most importantly

                                                                                                        The clambake on the beach -- really, it's chowder with lobsters with clams, corn, taters....

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                                                                                                          dude Jun 13, 2003 09:42 AM

                                                                                                          If you're talking New England, you can't leave out Polar soda. The best darn ginger ale!

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                                                                                                            Chris VR Jun 13, 2003 11:15 AM

                                                                                                            And of course, Moxie!

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                                                                                                              Mr. F. Jun 13, 2003 10:14 PM

                                                                                                              While Moxie is the worst beverage that New England has to offer, its best has to be a coffee frappe.

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                                                                                                          Scooter Pie Jun 13, 2003 09:36 AM

                                                                                                          What about white hots?

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                                                                                                            Karl S. Jun 13, 2003 09:59 AM

                                                                                                            Yes, I should have said red/white hots. I actually prefer white hots!

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                                                                                                              Scooter Pie Jun 13, 2003 11:13 AM

                                                                                                              Yes, I also prefer the white hots.

                                                                                                              And you know, to debate the finer points....I've never considered the garbage plate exactly a regional specialty -- more a Nick Tahoe's specialty :)

                                                                                                              (though I guess some Tahoe's imitators have sprung up in recent years...)

                                                                                                              I'd also include Genny Cream Ale on that list. And maybe some area wines, such as Bully Hill....I guess that's debatable, though. And getting a bit granular for the general board....

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                                                                                                          AnnyM Jun 13, 2003 12:26 PM

                                                                                                          Red beer in South Dakota is half tomato juice and half beer - great the morning after!

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                                                                                                            flavrmeistr Jun 13, 2003 12:38 PM

                                                                                                            That's also known as a "redeye" in Texas and Oklahoma.
                                                                                                            There's also a Tulsa Martini, which is a draft beer with an olive in it.

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                                                                                                          christina z Jun 13, 2003 08:17 AM

                                                                                                          Pork roll in Jersey.

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                                                                                                            Bunny-Bunny Jun 13, 2003 04:38 PM

                                                                                                            Oh, I miss pork roll! Definitely.

                                                                                                            And clams on the half shell at the Jersey Shore.

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                                                                                                              Middydd Jun 18, 2003 02:22 PM

                                                                                                              What is a pork roll? And where would you get one?

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                                                                                                                christina z Jun 18, 2003 07:30 PM

                                                                                                                Pork Roll is not really a roll at all. It's sort of a cold cut similar to Taylor Ham but not the same thing. I've only had it in New Jersey. They serve is in delis for breakfast with cheese or eggs or both. It's so delicious that it's probably really bad for your health. I buy it in the supermarket (it comes in a roll like braunsweiger - hence, the name). I cook it up at home with eggs about once a year. What a great treat!

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                                                                                                                  Bunny-Bunny Jun 20, 2003 12:56 PM

                                                                                                                  We also used to have pork roll sandwiches, a big slice of it, cooked up like bacon, and eaten with ketchup. Kind of like a fried baloney sandwich.

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                                                                                                            Coyote Jun 13, 2003 07:57 AM

                                                                                                            Chicago hot-dogs.

                                                                                                            New England clam chowder.

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                                                                                                              dude Jun 13, 2003 06:02 AM

                                                                                                              OK, this is ususally fun :-)

                                                                                                              Chicago Pizza
                                                                                                              Maple syrup in VT and NH
                                                                                                              Wild salmon in the Pacific NW

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                                                                                                                N Tocus Jun 13, 2003 07:58 PM

                                                                                                                Chicago: Italian beef sandwiches. Pizza, thick or thin. Polish stuff like pierogies, kielbasa, and potato pancakes. Southern Pennsylvania: huge Pennsylvania-Dutch meals served family-style. Cape Cod: fried clams, lobster rolls. Maryland: crab cakes. Florida: conch chowder, key lime pie.

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                                                                                                                  Pat Goldberg Jun 14, 2003 07:17 AM

                                                                                                                  Cape Cod: Wellfleet oysters

                                                                                                                  Maine: crabmeat salad

                                                                                                                  Rhode Island: jonnycakes (the fat kind), clam chowder with neither milk nor tomato

                                                                                                                  New England generally: baked beans

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                                                                                                                    mae Jun 15, 2003 12:24 PM

                                                                                                                    boston-Boston Cream Pie
                                                                                                                    Parker House Rolls
                                                                                                                    Steamers (NE)
                                                                                                                    Mussels (NE)
                                                                                                                    ice coffee--until a couple years ago couldn't get it outside the Boston area (they would pour hot coffee over ice)
                                                                                                                    ice cream with jimmies
                                                                                                                    Can't forget RI clam chowder & Manhattan clam chowder
                                                                                                                    Naragansette Beer

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                                                                                                                      Feed Me Apr 23, 2007 08:36 PM

                                                                                                                      Pat, can you tell us about this Rhode Island clam chowder?

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                                                                                                                        thinks too much Apr 24, 2007 04:34 AM

                                                                                                                        It's in a gray broth and has neither milk nor cream. Just clammy goodness.

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