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Jun 7, 2007 08:22 AM

Food Favorites from Some NFL Cities

Hi, I am doing a project where I have to find city specific foods from NFL Cities. The cities include Baltimore, San Francisco, Cincinnati, Tampa Bay, Green Bay, and Kansas City. If you have any info on what the foods might be, or drinks or great classic restaurants and any history that would be the best. Thank you!!!!

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  1. Don't know if Boston/New England is included in your project (after all, the Patriots haven't been successful or anything:), but here's some info:

    Chowders of all kinds. Best known for clam chowder, but all kinds of seafood is often used. And corn chowder is popular, too

    Lobster. Although usually harvested off Maine, it's a treat throughout New England. Boiled, steamed, baked and stuffed,'s all good.

    Clam bakes. Popular in the summer at beach locales such as Cape Cod, the clam bake includes a bounty of ingredients: steamers (small clams), lobster, corn on the cob, hot sausages, potatoes, etc. All cooked in a pit on the beach, layered with hot rocks and seaweed.

    Fried belly clams. Invented at Woodman's of Essex, this tasty summer treat has spread to clam shacks across the region.

    Baked beans. Kind of a joke actually, but you can still get them at many restaurants in "Beantown."

    Boston Cream Pie. First created at The Parker House Hotel (also famous for Parker House rolls), the Boston Cream Pie is actually a cake with a vanilla custard layer inside and chocolate ganache over the top.

    Then there are the old-time specialties: pot roast, corned beef and cabbage, fried fish platters, Indian pudding, johnny cakes.

    As for restaurants, the most classic would have to be Locke Ober in downtown Boston. A monument to the moneyed Brahmins, it's a shrine to opulent dining. John F. Kennedy used to eat his favorite lobster stew here (which is still offered, now with his name attached). Renowned Chef Lidia Shire has recently updated the menu a bit, and brought the place back into vogue among chowhounds and foodies.

    Other "classic" Boston restaurants include Hamersley's Bistro and L'Espalier for fine dining, and Union Oyster House and Durgin Park for more down and dirty grub. Union Oyster House, BTW, is the oldest continually-running restaurant in the United States.

    Legal Sea Foods must be included in the equation as well, as it's most people's first introduction to New England seafood.

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    1. re: Bostonbob3

      Thank you...I am not incharge of Boston...but I will pass it along to my friend!!

      1. re: nicosingapo

        Nicosingapo: The Patriots actually play in Foxboro, Mass., which is closer to Providence, RI, than to Boston -- so you might want to check out the New England board; there are several extensive threads about foods that are unique to Rhode Island.

        The Patriots originally played in Boston, but they moved to Foxboro in 1971. So Boston doesn't have exclusive claim to this great team any more!

      1. Cinnicinasty,
        Cincinnati style chili (skyline chili)
        Greaters(sp)ice cream

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        1. re: Kelli2006

          Just checked, and the spelling is Graeter's. Wonderful ice cream, too.

          Lots of chili places in Cincinnati, and as kelli2006 correctly suggested, Cincinnati chili is unique to the area (it adds chocolate and sweet spices like cinnamon and allspice). Skyline Chili arguably makes the best version, though Gold Star, Empress, and Dixie do it respectably, too. It's most often done as a three-way (shredded cheese on top of the chili all on top of spaghetti), four-way (add in chopped onion), or five-way (add in kidney beans). Best had with one or more chili-cheese coneys (little hot dogs in buns topped with chili and shredded cheese)

          At Cincinnati Reds games, you can buy hot dog sized sausages called mettwurst and bratwurst ("metts" and "brats"), which I'll bet they sell at Bengals games, too.

          Plus there are some beers like Hudepohl and Schoenling Little Kings Cream Ale that until recently were brewed locally.

          1. re: bachslunch

            And keep in mind if you are attempting to make Cinci chili, you need cheese. Lots of cheese. If you think you've gone overboard and put to much on. Double it. You may be close. You may have to double it again though.


        2. Let's hope bostonbob3 was being sarcastic about the Pats. Has to me. In general terms
          off the top of my head.
          Balt ...Crabs with Old Bay seasoning. Crab houses where they lay ouy out bushels of old bay seasoned whole crabs waiting to be "picked". Srved with hush puppies and fries.
          SF ? Rice a Roni (just kidding)
          TB ?
          GB ...Brats , cheese, German food ?
          KC BBQ.. Heavy on the sauce. IE KC Masterpiece..

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          1. re: rochfood

            I live in KC and rarely put sauce on my BBQ and no of no one that actually eats KC Masterpiece. ick. Its like colored karo syrup.

            We do have BBQ here however.

            1. re: rochfood

              Green Bay isn't a German city.

            2. for tampa i would rec. the good ole cuban sandwich. there are many places in and around tampa that serve great cubans.

              next i would a fresh grouper sandwich. fried is probably the best way