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Can anyone help me find an appetizer from a city that's know for a certain type of food? (i.e. philly cheese steaks from Philadelphia). Have a party to go to and that's the theme. Something somewhat inexpensive would be helpful....my original plan was maryland crabcakes, but crab meat is so expensive! Thanks in advance everyone!

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  1. Buffalo Chicken Wings.
    Chicago Deep Dish Pizza.
    Manhattan Clam Chowder (the red one)
    Boston Clam Chowder (the white one)
    Mini Philly Cheesesteaks

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    1. re: Jennalynn

      Sorry I just want to point out that it is New England Clam Chowder, not Boston, they get the beans that's it.

        1. re: cheesegrater

          "So this is good old Boston,
          The home of the bean and the cod,
          Where the Lowells talk only to the Cabots,
          And the Cabots talk only to God."

          -- John Collins Bossidy

          1. re: Xiao Yang

            Yes, Boston's the home of the beans,
            And Bostonians couldn't be prouder.
            But in other New England tureens,
            There's different persuasions of chowder!

      1. Cincinnati chili
        New Orleans muffaletta or po'boys

        1. Kansas City BBQ (but I don't care for KC Masterpiece sauce, so please consider a homemade, tomato based sauce and you can more respectably call it KC BBQ)--the problem here is that depending on where you live, you may not want to hang out around a smoker outside this time of year!

          So, my alternate idea is Cincinnati style chili, which is much more easily made indoors. I think partygoers would like adding all the side items in to personalize their three way or four way chili!

          1. New York Pizza or by the same token, Chicago Pizza.
            Buffalo (NY) wings
            New Orleans crawfish, muffalatta...anything Creole
            Kansas City Barbeque

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            1. re: Gio

              These are all good app ideas.

              How about BBQ shrimp, New Orleans style? That isn't grilled, but a spicy broth w/ whole, head on shrimp. If you opt for a medium sized, headed, shell-on shrimp, you can even pull it off for a reasonable price.

            2. Appetizer-wise ...

              St Louis toasted ravioli



              San Franciso sourdough and Monterey jack cheese plate.

              Lincoln Runzas

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              1. re: rworange

                Or a St. Louis Dessert... Gooey Butter Cake.

              2. Oh wait ... this is perfect ... California rolls/

                They hold up well and you don't need lots of crab ... or you can use krab

                1. How about Rice-a-Roni? As in the San Franciso treat ...

                  Does beer count? How about Moose Drool Brown Ale from Missoula, Montana?

                  1. Easy --Salt Lake City is the Jell-o capital of the world.


                    1. Chicago is also known for the italian beef sandwich, which would be easy to make in canape' form. Just make a spread with cream cheese, butter, beef base, oregano, thyme, and garlic powder. Use slightly toasted rounds of baguette as the base and garnish with sliced roast beef, lightly carmalized onions/peppers and some giardinara.

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                      1. re: LabRat

                        Boston Cream Pie
                        Boston Baked Beans

                        1. re: Sean

                          Maryland crab cakes
                          Cuban Sandwich Miami

                      2. St Louis Style Pizza with Provel Cheese! I'm in Arizona now and have it Fed Ex'd to me!

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                        1. re: ejs1492

                          I just read about a St. Louis style pizza place in Phoenix.

                          1. re: taiga

                            Do you recall the name? Was it Frasher's? Been there. It's the real deal. But the pizzas aren't large enough....personal sized only.

                          2. re: ejs1492

                            There's nothing like have a St. Louis Pizza with a St. Louis native who swears it's the best thing on earth. I like anything unique or with a history, just for it's own sake, and I do like Imo's, but there's a reason it hasn't caught on around the rest of the country. Also, I've never eaten a st. louis style pizza without nearly charring the top of my mouth.

                          3. Kentucky: Louisville Hot Brown and Benedictine Spread, Owensboro or Henderson Barbecued Mutton.

                            1. Oysters Rockefeller Sazaerac cocktail from New Orleans(but you knew that)

                              1. forgot for New Orleans Oysters Bienville, cup of gumbo or etoufee

                                1. Fish Tacos
                                  or "mini" California Burritos

                                  ---In San Diego