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What is your region famous for?

First, this is my first post on Chowhound... long-time reader, first time poster. Great site.

Anyways, Montreal has bagels. Philly has pretzels. San Marzano, Italy, has tomatoes. Chicago's got pizza.

What is your neck of the woods famous for? And while we're at it, why don't you tell us where we can get the absolute best of the best: your favourite bagel, pretzel, or pizza haunt.

For myself, I'm from the prairies of Canada, probably the wheat growing capital of the world. Numerous times I've been watching cooking programs only to hear chefs - often British - point out that they're using "good Canadian flour." Since I'm from here, I suppose I've never used standard or "bad" flour... we've just always bought Canadian flour and never thought twice about it, but apparently it's something special to some people.

What's famous in your region?

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  1. BBQ, Smokers,and don't forget the pride. (HAHAHA)

    I think one of the better BBQ place would be a place called Rudy's or right in the back yard.

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    1. re: kati_spears

      Oh I know what you mean, Can't really beat ruby's the only ones better then it are the mom and pop bbq pit places you find with hand paint signs and the Signet Ranch over in the middle of nowhere thats 50 dollars a plate.

    2. Québec:

      Artisanal, including raw milk, cheeses.
      Patates frites.
      Maple sugar pie.
      Foie gras.


      Smoked meat.
      Stimmés (hot dogs).
      Montreal-style pizza.
      Shish taouk.
      Rotisserie chicken.
      French cuisine (haute and casse-croute).
      Microbrew beer (especially Belgian style).

      I'm sure I missed some, but I'm also sure help is on the way.

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      1. re: mrbozo

        How could I forget breads (baguettes, etc) and patisserie (croissants, etc)?

        1. re: mrbozo

          You forgot the boudain and ployes too. And hockey pucks!

          1. re: Passadumkeg

            Uh.... Montrealer here.

            Ployes? I think that's an Acadian thing more commonly found in certain parts of the Maritimes, not Québec.

            And what are hockey pucks? (Is there an edible kind?)

            And I might also disagree with "boudin" (which is what I assume you meant to say)? I'm not so sure that's a Quebec thing, it's more of a "French from France" and Cajun thing. But I on that I could be wrong, I'm not much of a meat-eater.

            1. re: kpzoo

              The ployes and boudin are rural Quebecois. Very popular on both sides of the Quebec-Maine border and with the Franco-American community within Maine. Tthe boudin is a blood sausage, not at all like the pale gray Cajun boudin. The hockey pucks were a reference to my favorite hockey team, the Canadiens and in memory of my own very early hockey practices and getting a puck shot to the mouth, ie. eating a puck for breakfast.

              1. re: Passadumkeg

                Thanks for the clarifications. :-)

                Interesting about the ployes, I've never seen one either in Montreal or anywhere else in Quebec, but I obviously haven't been looking in the right places. I always thought of it as an Acadian (particularly New Brunswick) thing. I would like to try one one day.


                1. re: Passadumkeg

                  Um, people of a certain age from the Prairies remember that hockey pucks were, er, created whenever a horse lifted its tail. If a goalie was shot in the mouth (they didn't have masks then), the game was called for ten minutes so he could go brush his teeth.

                  1. re: KevinB


                    Just kidding - that's interesting. Really. Revolting but interesting!

              2. re: Passadumkeg

                WHO mentioned PLOYES??? My heritage is French American and my grandparents are from the Madawaska, Maine area. I love ploye! Boudain or Boudin as they made it in Maine was also known as blood sausage and used pig's blood as well as liver and other parts to make a sausage. The Louisiana Acadians use rice although it is called boudain blanc or boudin blanc.

                1. re: CoteGal

                  C'est moi! Premixed bags of ployes batter are available any supermarket here in Northern Maine. I'll find the brand and address, if you wish.

          2. Arepas, bandeja Paisa, sancocho, pan de bono, and a constant desire to go to selected other countries to eat.

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            1. re: Sam Fujisaka

              Clam cakes and Chowda
              Coffee milk
              Del's frozen lemonade
              Hot wieners
              bakery pizza strips

              1. re: Sean

                Sean, where might these goodies be found?

                I think I just read about "coffee milk" in a food magazine, but I can't recall which one or where it was a specialty. Could you tell me more about it?

                1. re: kpzoo

                  I could be wrong but bets are Sean is from Rhode Island.
                  Coffee milk - a common drink - I think the state drink( its that or dells) Made from a sweet coffee concentrate mixed into milk - served in place of chocolate milk in schools. Autocrat or Eclipse are the 2 most common brands I think.
                  I would clarify new york system weiners and saugies...in the hot wieners category

                  1. re: coastie

                    Coffee milk got the nod for State Drink. Del's got a consolation prize: State Summer Beverage or something like that

                    I have a great Del's story. About 20 years ago I was working in Baltimore. One really really really hot summer day, I was trudging along downtown, wearing a suit and drenched with sweat. Suddenly out of nowhere, a Del's truck appeared! In downtown Baltimore! A cup of Del's never tasted so good.

                    But, I never saw that truck again.. was it a mirage??

                    1. re: Bob W

                      No way - I have dreams about Dells - my feet are burning - standing in line at the beach, the best icey cold and those bits of peel.
                      I have some of the Dells mix from relative visit...its not Dells off the truck but pretty close, good as a mixer.

                  2. re: kpzoo

                    Rhode Island

                    It is a sweetened coffe syrup that you add to milk, much like chocolate syrup and chocolate milk.

              2. Lawrence, KS (aka "The Midwest Oasis")

                Amazing beer from FreeState Brewery Company
                Iwig Dairy milk (including--depending on season--chocolate, peach, strawberry, pumpkin, eggnog...)
                Artisan bread from Wheatfields
                and local buffalo, elk, honey, & sweets @ the Downtown Farmers' Market

                1. AK,usa - we are known for raw product instead of a cooking style.
                  Salmon, halibut, king crab -

                  1. Downeast Maine (Which used to be part of Quebec.) Lobster, chowders, fried clams & steamers, lobster, crab, clam and shrimp rolls, bean hole beans and blueberries(and a lot of tourists too.) The salt water fish are gone. :(

                    1. Sonoma County. Seafood, especially Dungeness crab, sourdough bread, artisan cheeses and, of course, wine.

                      1. connecticut has really good oysters, very good pizza, decent burgers and decent hot dogs.

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                        1. Great topic choice for a first post.

                          In n Out Burger – SoCal (actually all of California and parts of Nevada now too).

                          CA Scotch Chick

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                            1. re: mrbozo

                              In n Out Burger is a family owned business that has only hamburgers, cheeseburgers, fries, and shakes on its menu. However, an entire subculture with a secret menu exists. It is the best fast food burger you will ever have. And, it can be vaguely obscene if you get it 4X4 animal style.

                              If you are asking about the Scotch Chix, we are strictly g rated - we just a lot of innuendo. Our byline is "Sophisticated Musings on Single Malt and the Sensuous Life." All the entries integrate scotch in some way, but we basically comment on single malt whiskys, drinking establishments, restaurants, books, what is going on in the world - anything having to do with living a sensous life. We're having a lot of fun.

                              CA Scotch Chick

                              1. re: CA Scotch Chick

                                In n Out is famous for not having anything frozen. No freezers or microwaves. Everything is fresh and the lines of cars wating to go through drive thru on a Friday or Saturday night attest to that fact.

                                Order fries well done, animal style. DS taught me this, he learned it at Berkeley.

                            2. re: CA Scotch Chick

                              scotch is good. i hope you take advantage of the selection at keens steakhouse in manhattan. maybe the best in all of nyc.

                              upon further review, you probably already have.



                              1. re: steve h.

                                I appreciate the any tip, Steve. Although NY is no longer my region, I assert it should be famous for its Whisky Bars: Keens, St. Andrews, the Brandy Library, D.B.A., Hole in One, Club Macanudo, Lexington Bar and Books, Hudson Bar and Books, and those are just the ones I know about.

                                CA Scotch Chick

                                1. re: CA Scotch Chick

                                  next time your in town: drop in on keens, say howdy to the young lady over the bar and answer the three questions posted on the left. it's a proper place.

                                  1. re: steve h.

                                    Proper place is good description. Got a picture of that lovely lady on my site. Here's the link to my last experience at Keens. We should meet for a Tasting Flight next time I'm in town.


                                    CA Scotch Chick

                                    1. re: CA Scotch Chick

                                      excellent site, cogent write-up.

                                          1. re: dcscotchchick

                                            you chix are off to a good start. now you have to keep it up.

                                            best regards,


                            3. Pronto pups
                              "Hot Dish"
                              Wild Rice

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                                  1. re: seahag

                                    What? No smorgasbord! No smoked fisk (not Carlton)? No perogies (OK, maybe stretching it a bit there)! But surely rich dairy products ...

                                    1. re: mrbozo

                                      Although I have only been to smorgasbords where I grew up in Seattle.
                                      Good perogies are sold in the catholic churches in NE Mpls.
                                      and I should add Walleye to the list, I can't believe I forgot that.

                                      1. re: mrbozo

                                        i just attended my first smorgasbord ever, at a thinly attended swedish midsummer celebration in msp. fish roe and cheese from a toothpaste tube. interesting. pretty good actually. i think lutefisk only comes around once a year, mostly at church suppers. could be wrong on that. also had to google pronto pups to figure out they were corn dogs-- guess i am a bad minnesotan.

                                        i would add bison, grass-fed beef & dairy, cheese & butter, more csas per capita than the rest of the country, turkey (wild & domestic), u of m apples (notably honeycrisp), maple syrup, bundt cakes, betty crocker, gold medal flour (mill city), crystal sugar, gedney pickles (esp state fair pickles), malt-o-meal, freshwater trout, single-source honey, north shore lunch, hmong heirloom vegetables at the farmer's markets, surly beer, food co-ops, vietnamese/se asian food, east african food, square-cut pizza, coffeehouses, bakeries, doughnuts/fritters, "jucy lucys," ice cream, ___ on a stick at the state fair.

                                        1. re: soupkitten

                                          Pronto pups have a flour based coating, corn dogs have a cornmeal based coating. I hate them both.

                                          1. re: soupkitten

                                            OK, I'll bite. Surly beer? North shore lunch?

                                            1. re: mrbozo

                                              surly is a much touted 2 year old microbrewery. surly furious & surly darkness are probably the most famous brews. best brewery in u.s.a. according to beer advocate. not generally available outside msp, so lots of beer lovers gotta come here for it or get the stuff smuggled out in cans. here are some of surly's ratings on beer advocate:


                                              north shore= the mn/canada shore of lake superior/boundary waters; shore lunch= freshwater fisherman's lunch, prepared over a campfire on the lake beach, generally fresh-killed freshwater fish catch, potatoes, seasonal veg/foraged mushrooms, etc. all enjoyed in exquisite natural surroundings. unbelievably delicious and still a tradition for many families. some small lodges/restaurants in the fishing resort areas still offer to prepare & cook your own fresh catch as part of a shore lunch in season (& if you didn't catch anything they have a few fresh local fish options for you to choose from), though this is starting to die out. a really cool thing though.

                                    2. re: seahag

                                      Let's not forget Canadian bacon, pineapple and sauerkraut pizza... mmmmmm.

                                      I live in Orange County -- we are famous for Vietnamese food here, and there are so many places in Little Saigon for Vietnamese food... Pho Thanh Lich, Vien Dong, Com Tam Thuan Kieu, Xanh, Pagolac, Banh Mi & Che Cali, Banh Mi Cho Cu, Pho 79, Favori, Brodard, Quan Minh Ky...

                                      I grew up in central New Jersey -- Woodbridge Township is absolutely chockablock in fantastic Italian and Indian eateries. Just the average corner pizza place (Angelo's, for example, or San Remo) is so much better than pizza just about anywhere else that it's spoiled me for pizza forever... and not a mile and a half from my mother's house is Little India, with more chaat houses and Gujarati and Punjabi restaurants than you can imagine.

                                      1. re: Das Ubergeek

                                        you people from california are way too modest. "california cuisine" is maybe open-ended from a definition standpoint but it's absolutely predicated on fresh, local produce. you guys started an american food revolution. be proud.

                                    3. I'm from Toronto.

                                      Apple fritters and double-doubles.

                                      Everything else is/was imported.

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                                        1. re: tatamagouche

                                          KevinB could be referring to what we (Canadians) often call a filter coffee with two milks (or creams) & two sugars. A Timmy Ho-Ho's classic. ;-) (Tim Horton's coffee chain)

                                          see: http://www.cbc.ca/arts/story/2004/06/...

                                          1. re: kpzoo

                                            That's funny. Here in NYC, a double-double would probably be taken to mean a double cheeseburger :)

                                            1. re: vvvindaloo

                                              We had a chocolate frappe (milk shake ) at Fat Boy's Drive In in Brunswick, Me. yesterday and I was telling my Yankee wife that as a kid in NJ we called a chocolate milk shake w/ chocolate milk & chocolate ice cream w/ double the amount of chocolate syrup was........ a double double. Yum.

                                              1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                ...and here in sunny SoCal a double-double is yet another In-N-Out burger - a full pound of beefy goodness that you should NOT eat while driving! I celebrated my 60th birthday by getting one of these, my first visit to an In-N-Out, and I shoulda known enough to get out of the car before attacking it. Especially since the car was a stick-shift...

                                                1. re: Will Owen

                                                  My bro lives in Henderson, Nv. In-N-Outs are a good chain burger, but come in a distant second to New Mexico's Blake's Lotta Burger, with double green chile, please.

                                      1. jfood her - 40 in NJ; 12 in CT

                                        Sloppy Joes (not the manwich crap); bagels; hot dogs, pizza, pastrami, corn beef, kishka, novey, sable, sturgeon, white castle, sub sandwiches
                                        Pizza, hot dogs, fried clams, wedges
                                        Totally missing in CT (FFD County) - bagels, pastrami, corn beef, kishka, novey, sable, sturgeon, white castle

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                                        1. re: jfood

                                          Passadumkeag him- 18 in NJ (got out fast) over 40 around the world.
                                          Central and S. Jersey, Taylor Pork Roll, pizza, kolbasi, and a buttered roll, that is a crispy Kaiser roll w/ butter for breakfast. Blue crabs too.

                                          1. re: jfood

                                            I love those Manwich sloppy Joes!

                                            1. re: Donna52479

                                              You are a better man than jfood, my dear.

                                              This is a picture of a "real" NJ Sloppy Joe.


                                          2. Apples
                                            Apple Pies
                                            Apple cider
                                            Cider donuts
                                            Oh, did I forget to mention apples?

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                                            1. re: Cachetes

                                              Lemme guess - Washington State? It would be cool if people included the region they're talking about in their post. :-)

                                              1. re: kpzoo

                                                Actually, upstate NY. Proves your point that I should have included my region!

                                                1. re: kpzoo

                                                  I like reading the food specialities and guessing where they are from! Luckily the OP's are also quickly answering that question.

                                                  1. re: Leslie

                                                    See if you can guess this one? Tex-Mex.

                                                1. South Florida:

                                                  Cuban Food
                                                  Florida Shrimp and Grouper
                                                  Caribbean and "Floribbean" cuisine
                                                  Conch and Key Lime Pie

                                                  1. NW Washington: Reefnetted salmon, oysters, clams, raspberries. If you're interested in the seafood stuff, check out: www.lummiislandwild.com and www.taylorshellfishfarms.com. We are really spoiled.

                                                    Western WA: add coffee!

                                                    1. Denver: green chile, green chile, green chile.

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                                                      1. re: tatamagouche

                                                        Can you expand? :-) What's dis exactly?

                                                      2. new york city:

                                                        jewish/deli food
                                                        egg creams

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                                                        1. re: thew

                                                          can we add hot dogs, italian/italian deli, and old fashioned euro-style coffee?

                                                        2. Outer Banks, NC

                                                          Fresh Tuna, Grouper, Mahi Mahi, Rockfish, soft shell crabs, oysters, Shrimp, scallops
                                                          Pig Pickin's, strawberries, Hatterass Chowder, collards, melons, Silver Queen Corn and all kinds of Southern eats.

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                                                          1. re: SweetPhyl

                                                            My first taste of mahi-mahi was at a family-run restaurant on Ocracoke - this was back when you could still drive there, so it's been about thirty years. Still remember that marvelous fish, along with fresh-dug potatoes, fresh-picked green beans.

                                                          2. football
                                                            Holden cars.

                                                              1. re: hangrygirl

                                                                Stavanger, Norway: et rekker fest at den Rod Sorhus ( a shrimp party at the Red Sea House), a polser(hot dog) with shrimp salad opposite the old cinema, pan fried torsk(cod) tongues at the train station, shrimp at the open air market, lapskaus (stew) at the Lantern, and reindeer meat in the autumn at the butcher shops, cod, whale meat, geit ost, romme, and the oldest herring shop in all of Europe!!!
                                                                Glad St Hans Aften!
                                                                Normark the Red
                                                                ps red currant saft(juice Concentrate) and cloud berries.

                                                              2. Bucovina, Romania: fir-tree syrup, naturally-carbonated water, sour cream, heavy cream, milk, cream cheese, and a dangerous number of yellow cheeses.

                                                                1. I grew up in the American Southeast, so we had fried chicken, fried green tomatoes, grits, sweet tea, and banana pudding. I now live in San Deigo, so it's Mexican, seafood, Asian, and some really great burgers.

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                                                                  1. re: beth1

                                                                    From the Lone Star State:

                                                                    ---BBQ---The best is in Central Texas. Coopers, Louis Muellers, or the Lockhart/Luling joints.

                                                                    ---Mexican---There's plenty of great places all over Texas. You can find Classic Tex-Mex, Corporate Mex (some of which is excellent), and true Mexican Mex. Places I like in DFW include Tupinamba, Angelinas, Cantina Laredo. Luckily, there are hundreds of hole-in-the-wall places too, far too many to list here.

                                                                    ---Chicken-fried-steak--- Babe's Chicken Dinner House and The Mecca.

                                                                    ----Steak--Again, lots of places. Al Biernats, III Forks, Steve Fields, and Randys are all outstanding.

                                                                    ----Burgers--Chips and JG's are two of the best.

                                                                    1. re: Thefoodczar

                                                                      I have to know: what's Corporate Mex?

                                                                      1. re: kpzoo

                                                                        Basically, Corporate Mex is what the chains serve, which can range from excellent to not-so-good. You will always find quesadillas and fajitas and nachos, some Tex-Mex standards, and sometimes fare like carnitas. Each chain does it a little different.

                                                                  2. I live in Southern California and enjoyed reading this thread. Dishes that were invented in California include the Cobb Salad and the Ceasar Salad; and that is what I think of when I think California ~~ salads. Fresh produce available year round.

                                                                    However, we have two dishes commonly found these days that I am not at all sure have become widespread in other areas (1) is salad pizza and (2) are fish tacos

                                                                    Both are wonderful.

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                                                                    1. re: laliz

                                                                      Salad pizza has been spotted in the Ocean State at a few pizza joints. Fish taco's also.

                                                                      1. re: Sean

                                                                        Good. On another board where I mentioned salad pizza it was met with great disgust and resistance. Its coming. As goes California, so goes. . . .

                                                                        1. re: laliz

                                                                          fish tacos are great

                                                                          salad pizza - an abomination

                                                                          1. re: thew

                                                                            i think Laliz is referring to not just any fish tacos, but specifically san diego style fish tacos, with the breaded fried fish, the white sauce and the cabbage.

                                                                            1. re: soupkitten

                                                                              yes. Baja fish tacos. What other kind of fish tacos are there?

                                                                              1. re: soupkitten

                                                                                Breaded fried fish? My ears just perked up - I never liked the sound of fish tacos, but those sound very appealing! What kind of white sauce? Shredded cabbage, I assume?

                                                                                1. re: Catskillgirl

                                                                                  if you like tacos, then you haven't lived 'til you try a baja-style fish taco. i am from NY, and just found this out last year.

                                                                                  1. re: Catskillgirl

                                                                                    Shredded cabbage, yes. My version of the sauce is a cup of Mexican crema (and if you can't get that, make crème fraiche by combining one part plain yogurt with three parts heavy cream, set in a warm spot for a few hours), the juice of one lime, and a good dash (or three) of habañero hot sauce, the screaming green stuff. I keep it in a plastic squirt bottle.

                                                                              2. re: laliz

                                                                                Can you describe salad pizza? Pizza bits mixed into a salad bowl or salad mix poured over a pizza base, or something else? ;-) Thanks.

                                                                                1. re: kpzoo

                                                                                  Salad as a topping for pizza. Think a nice salad accompanied with hot bread or bread sticks ~~ only now the salad is on top of the hot crust. Its not a big jump.

                                                                                  From California Pizza Kitchen Pizza Menu
                                                                                  Pear & Gorgonzola Pizza
                                                                                  Caramelized pears, Gorgonzola, Fontina and Mozzarella chesses, caramelized sweet onions and chopped hazelnuts. Topped with field greens tossed in our Gorgonzola ranch dressing.

                                                                                  Applewood smoked bacon, grilled chicken and Mozzarella cheese, hearth baked then topped with Roma tomatoes, chilled chopped lettuce tossed in mayonnaise and fresh sliced avocado

                                                                                  If you like a BLT sandwich, you'll love this! Applewood smoked bacon and Mozzarella cheese, hearth baked, then topped with fresh sliced Roma tomatoes and chilled chopped lettuce tossed in mayonnaise. Recommended on honey-wheat dough.

                                                                                  Caramelized Parmesan pizza crust topped with chilled arugula, baby red leaf lettuce, radicchio, diced tomatoes and shaved Parmesan cheese with our homemade Dijon balsamic vinaigrette dressing. Also available with grilled rosemary chicken breast, sautéed salmon, or grilled shrimp.

                                                                                  1. re: laliz

                                                                                    Ah, thanks for the info! These concoctions have definitely not reached my neck of the woods yet. While I can see the potential for deliciousness, never having had one, I have to ask:

                                                                                    - doesn't the dressing make the crust soggy?
                                                                                    - don't the greens get soggy/mushy from the heat rising off the crust & cooked fillings?

                                                                                    1. re: kpzoo

                                                                                      Not if you eat it when it is freshly prepared. I would not recommend for (a) delivery and/or (b) leftovers ~~ although I am sure both are done. I love leftover cold pizza.

                                                                                      No, it is the combination of the hot and cold that adds to the overall success.

                                                                                      Think of a tostada or a crispy taco, eventually the shell will get soggy.

                                                                              3. re: Sean

                                                                                Best fish taco's I ever had were in Baja and San Diego.

                                                                                1. re: CoteGal

                                                                                  Zihua Mexico....My wife loves these!

                                                                            2. Smithfield ham, peanuts, peanut pie, peanut soup, spoonbread.

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                                                                              1. re: Janet from Richmond

                                                                                Salinas, California: the Salad Bowl of the Nation. Strawberries and stretching it a bit, to Castroville, Marilyn Monroe and artichokes!

                                                                                  1. re: Bob W

                                                                                    How could I forget Gilroy, I drive through it every morning!

                                                                              2. How about the various distinct types of barbecue: Eastern NC vs. Western NC vs SC vs Memphis vs Texas vs Owensboro KY vs KC.....all are famous and beloved.

                                                                                1. San Francisco:
                                                                                  Seafood, particularly Cioppino, Sand Dabs, Dungeness Crab, Crab Louis *though there is some debate about Seattle being the birthplace*
                                                                                  Green Goddess Dressing
                                                                                  Turkey Tetrazzini
                                                                                  Irish Coffee at the Buena Vista
                                                                                  San Francisco style Burrito
                                                                                  Hangtown Fry
                                                                                  Celery Victor
                                                                                  It's Its
                                                                                  Crab Rangoon, Mai-tai at Trader Vic's
                                                                                  Joe's Special

                                                                                  A couple of those are from various places in the bay outside of SF.

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                                                                                  1. re: rockfish42

                                                                                    MMMM - irish coffee at the Buena Vista - a classic that I have been unable to replicate or obtain elsewhere. Always a stop when I get to SF

                                                                                  2. Northeast PA: pierogi, halupki, halushki, kielbasi, potato cakes... potato cakes... potato cakes... hungry now... gotta find me a church bazaar this weekend.

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                                                                                    1. re: lisavf

                                                                                      Hazelton, Pa: Pitz (Pizz?) a kind of cold pizza on thick crust, eaten cold, cho chow, apple butter, kapusta and Yuengling, cheap not yuppie coal miners' beer!

                                                                                      1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                        Okay, are you a Hazleton guy? I just replied to your post re: chow chow from Tamaqua. Yes, Senape's, the original tavern PITZA, or a piece of pitz from Berlitz's (way back when).

                                                                                        1. re: lisavf

                                                                                          McAdoo, McAdoo, McAdoo, Whatchyado! My Grand Pap died in the mines.
                                                                                          The owner of the Wild Grouse Farm is a relative. But PITZA goes all over the world.
                                                                                          'Berg Grad

                                                                                          1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                            No way. I grew up in McAdoo. Small world.

                                                                                            The reason I wrote "PITZA" is because of the unusual way they spell it. It fits, though, because it is so unique. Anybody who's had it always wants more, and often it's the first thing visitors ask for, whether they grew up here or not. (Not that I'm telling you anything you don't know.) It's a pizza that's meant to be eaten cold. It's not like eating cold pizza, though. I wonder if anybody else has a local pizza like this?

                                                                                            1. re: lisavf

                                                                                              My cousin takes PITZA on the plane back to the San Francisco area. My aunt lives on Cleveland, will be back on the 20th. I also bring back Taylor Pork Roll, kolbasi, pilmieni and scrapple. Too bad Posties sodas are gone.
                                                                                              I still hike the Hallow and pick berries at Treskow water fall. I miss all the church bells on Sunday morning and the smell of coal smoke in the winter air. My wife and I do a bar crawl when we visit.

                                                                                              1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                I miss Postie's, too. Best cream soda, and don't forget Cherry Smash. I loved when I was allowed to pick the assortment, but it always had to include a bottle of orange soda for Uncle Spike. My grandfather walked the woods almost daily until a year or so before he passed, picking blueberries and searching for the ever-elusive ram's heads.

                                                                                                You'll miss the church bells even more, as four churches are being consolidated into one, leaving only St. Kunegunda's. If you're interested, maybe we can meet up when you're in town, perhaps at Senape's.

                                                                                    2. Beef. Alberta beef.

                                                                                      I have yet to find a better steak in this city than the one my hubby cooks on the BBQ :)

                                                                                      1. Apricots, deliciously ripe right now. Almonds, walnuts, grapes, strawberries. Artisanal cheeses. Wine.
                                                                                        this is in central Calif, the valley.


                                                                                        1. Balboa Island ~~ Chocolate covered frozen bananas
                                                                                          Los Angeles ~~ French Dipped Sandwich (Phillippes Original)

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                                                                                          1. re: laliz

                                                                                            Bourbon bourbon Bourbon!!!
                                                                                            country ham anf beaten biscuits
                                                                                            beer cheese
                                                                                            stack cakes
                                                                                            mint julep
                                                                                            Derby Pie
                                                                                            and the best creation EVER ...the hot brown!

                                                                                          2. 18 years in Hampton, VA = steamed crabs, crab cakes, fried fish every Friday (even though we weren't Catholic and had never heard of Lent), hush puppies, she-crab soup, minced pork barbecue with hot sauce and coleslaw on a bun, pecans, peanuts

                                                                                            College in RI - "grindas", coffeemilk, Dells lemonade, "buns" were dinner rolls, not pastry, "cabinets", "bubblas"

                                                                                            Now in Baltimore - Crab cakes, steamed crabs (like Hampton), lake trout, pit beef

                                                                                            1. I'm from Chicago...and yes you've already covered it but I think it deserves a little more explanation.

                                                                                              We're famous for our deep dish pizza, our Chicago-style hot dogs, our baby back ribs, and Eli's cheesecake! Mmmm.. :)

                                                                                              1. Pátzcuaro, Michoacán, México:
                                                                                                Birria, barbacoa, mole de pollo, enchiladas de pollo placeras, pozole, carnitas. Atole, tamales, corundas; non-sweet atole de grano. There's more, but I can't think of them all now. Yes, and Gaspachos Morelianos, a huge cup of chopped tropical fruit with cheese and chile powder seasoning. Found largely in Morelia, but examples in Pátzcuaro also.

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                                                                                                1. re: Anonimo

                                                                                                  Anonimo, I haven't been to your beautiful lago for many moons but I seem to recall a small white fish on offer in many restaurants there that was native to the lake. Please tell me my memory is right and that it is not gone due to overfishing or pollution or other equally unpalatable reasons.

                                                                                                  1. re: grayelf

                                                                                                    From what I understand, the small, white fish (pescado blanco) is indeed endangered for the reasons you mentioned.

                                                                                                    Most now comes from the cleaner Lake Zirahúen, about 15 miles southwest of Lake Pátzcuaro.
                                                                                                    I myself do not like pescado blanco, as I find it bland and the preparation is often rather oily.

                                                                                                2. Southeast Alaska (its a big state with different regions that all have their own thing)
                                                                                                  Common to most of us - Salmon of all varieties. But here in SE, we've got shellfish -crab, shrimp, clams - and we have halibut too. So I guess you'd say we are famous for seafood.

                                                                                                  However, if you're in Juneau or if you can find it locally, try our beer - Alaskan. Brewed just up the street from my house - I can smell them roasting the grain. Amber and Pale are the most common but they do seasonal beers and "rough drafts" that are awesome.

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                                                                                                  1. re: AlaskaChick

                                                                                                    Great recommendation on the beer! I was in Seattle last fall and had the great pleasure of trying the smoked porter for the first time. It was one of the best porters I've ever had!

                                                                                                  2. Maryland is for crabs.

                                                                                                    But everyone knows that!

                                                                                                    I grew up in Western MD near Fairmont, WV known for the invention of the pepperoni roll.

                                                                                                    MD is also known for the Smith Island Cake our new state dessert, even though the cake has been around for ages, mmmmm. And berger cookies and Baltimore Peach cake, that's us.

                                                                                                    1. Northern guy in the south so:

                                                                                                      1. Nunavut: Arctic Char, Davis Strait shrimp, Musk ox and caribou....the best of which is either from around Naujaat (Repulse Bay) or Southhampton Island.

                                                                                                      2. Alberta: well beef of course and not that crummy corn fed kind either (read the Omnivore's Dilemma to understand that comment) and, I daresay, aspargus...and Wild Boar.

                                                                                                      1. Where I grew up:

                                                                                                        Chad Roe
                                                                                                        Awful Awfuls or Fribbles
                                                                                                        Black and Whites

                                                                                                        Guess where?

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                                                                                                        1. re: CoteGal

                                                                                                          Southern N.E. - specifically the R.I. to Fall Riv area, but the Fribbles suggest also elsewhere in the area - I assume!

                                                                                                        2. Wow. I just wish I could trade goodies with everyone on this thread! The diversity is amazing and there is so much I haven't ever had out of my own country, let alone all the international folks posting here!

                                                                                                          1. Oregon

                                                                                                            Pinot Noir
                                                                                                            Crater Lake Rogue Blue Cheese

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                                                                                                            1. re: duck833

                                                                                                              Also from Oregon, (Portland is my home)

                                                                                                              More microbrews
                                                                                                              Tillamook cheeses
                                                                                                              A few more microbrews
                                                                                                              Organic, sustainable profitable farmers
                                                                                                              Willapia Bay oysters
                                                                                                              Oregon white truffles
                                                                                                              More microbrews not mentioned before
                                                                                                              Organic, sustainable restaurants
                                                                                                              Berries, berries, and more berries (We're not just about Marion, after all)
                                                                                                              Hair of the Dog Brewery - so much more than a mere microbrewery
                                                                                                              James Beard


                                                                                                            2. NJ

                                                                                                              The NJ sloppy joe! (best sandwich ever, IMO)
                                                                                                              Pork Roll
                                                                                                              Italian Subs
                                                                                                              Diners baby!

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                                                                                                              1. re: MattInNJ

                                                                                                                You forgot Italian hot dogs,a true Jersey food.

                                                                                                              2. Maine:
                                                                                                                The obvious:
                                                                                                                lobster(and other seafood: mussels scallops, brook trout, clams, etc)
                                                                                                                blueberry Pie,
                                                                                                                whoopie pies,
                                                                                                                maple syrup

                                                                                                                Not so obv:
                                                                                                                molasses doughnuts,
                                                                                                                ployes(prev mentioned),
                                                                                                                poutine(fries with gravy and farmer's cheese),
                                                                                                                Italian sandwiches- rally just a su, but we call them Itailians for some reason!
                                                                                                                Local meats,dairy, grain, and produce- Maine is super big on local and sustainable!

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                                                                                                                1. re: Bunnyfood

                                                                                                                  Old time Maine favorites: (separates the locals from them folks from away and the "summer people".) salt fish and potatoes w/ pork scraps, fish cakes & beans; bean hole beans w/ biscuits, cole slaw and coffee; and scallops with creamed lobster sauce. Hard core: chowder made with fish, spuds, salt pork, onions, and biscuits and NO milk or cream. Pickled periwinkles, AKA as pickled winkles.
                                                                                                                  Don't forget yore turnips, dearie.

                                                                                                                  1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                                    Temecula, CA - we are east of OC and south of Riverside, just north of the SD County cities of Fallbrook & Escondido. Our area is known for its little wine country - South Coast just won a "best of" medal in a big wine competition so we are becoming more known all the time. Also our area is where most US-grown avocados come from.