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what foods does your city have that mine doesn't?

i live in rochester ny and we have things like white hot dogs, franks hot sauce, a tons of other sauces for chicken wings, meat hot sauce, french onion dip, etc. etc.
my sister came to visit from south carolina. she brought some kinda cheese spread that i wish i could buy up here. it got me thinking that there has to be tons of foods in our country alone that arent in the major grocery chains. so here is the question. where do you live and what kind of foods does your area have? for example, rochester has a thing called a garbage plate. its 2 hots or cburgers with fries, mac salad with meat hot sauce all over it. perfect @ 2am. i'm almost positive that no place else has that. so....is there a spice rub that everyone in atlanta uses or bottled sauce that you can only get in say, utah.?

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    1. I live in the Los Angeles area. I would imagine it is a different as night from day from Rochester NY

      I was in Buffalo NY last year. The dinner served us (ox roast?) was something we have never experienced before.

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      1. re: laliz

        was that Steve's Pig and Ox Roast - I haven't been there in years!!

      2. Arepas, sancocho, smoked lung, aguardiente, tamales in banana leaves...

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        1. Lebanon bologna & sweet Lebanon bologna, Tastykakes, hoagie spread, PA Dutch Chicken Pot Pie and all the UTZ's snack foods I can eat. Plus when deer season is in
          deer bologna and deer jerky.

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          1. re: kpaumer

            Do you have HIPPY'S ring bologna and Good's Chips? Those are the BEST!

            1. re: CoteGal

              Hi CoteGal,
              I'm not familiar with HIPPY's ring bologna, Kunzler is a big fave for ring bologna here and Yes! we do have Good's Chips, Yummy!

              1. re: kpaumer

                You're from my home town! You also have Gibbles chips, oh, and Gazebo Room Greek dressing, and yuengling! Those are the things I stock up on when I go home...

                1. re: hyacinthgirl

                  Yuengling, Potsville is the county seat. Apple butter, Posties sodas, wos wit canned foods. Pitz in Hazleton & Yacco's hot dogs in Allentown. Good kolbasi too.
                  The McAdoo Kid

                  1. re: Passadumkeg

                    Yuengling is available at Beers of the World in Rochester!

                    When I first went to college, I checked with the brewery every week to see when a distributor in NY would start selling it. It's been about 4 years now, but I bet it's even more available now.

                    1. re: lost squirrel

                      Funny when I was in college in Allentown in the 60's, we refused to drink Yuengling; thought it was a cheap coal miner's beer (which it was) and we thought Henniken was the ultimate in cool.
                      A Yuengling was my roomate.

                      1. re: Passadumkeg

                        Really? That's funny. It's a favorite of mine now, Keystone is the cheap-o beer, and as far as I know there aren't too many coal miners anymore.

                        I don't drink happo-shu here in Japan, it's poor old man's beer. :)

                        1. re: lost squirrel

                          When my dad died I had to go into Pottsville on business, took my older kids, got personal tour of the brewery and was give a couple cases of beer. I enjoy it now, but can't get it. Oh, the joys of forbiden fruits.

                          1. re: Passadumkeg

                            We're a bit off topic aren't we? oh well.

                            Forbidden fruit is right, it's been over 2 years since I last had a Yeungling and I can't wait. On April 28th around 5pm I'll be able to have my first in a long time!

                            1. re: lost squirrel

                              Yuengling is also bottled in Tampa around the corner from Busch Gardens. It's my husband's go-to beer but I can only drink it when I'm smoking a cigar.

                                1. re: hyacinthgirl

                                  April 25. How many cases of Black & Tan can I fit in a Miata W/ PASSENGER?

                                  1. re: Passadumkeg

                                    Passadumkeg: remember high school and remove them from the case and get creative about storage. I used to be able to carry almost a 12-pack in an overcoat, or stow a case in an almost empty refrigerator and it still looked empty.

                                    the containers aren't open, you're not drunk, so what if there are beers under the seats, in (what little) trunk a Miata offers. glove compartment, etc.

                                    but be careful under the driver's seat, I once had an empty coke can roll forward and jam under the brake pedal. my habits changed after that.

                            2. re: lost squirrel

                              My grandfather died in the mines and left behind a widow and 5 kids, each of whom earned degrees, from a nursing degree through 2 Phds.

                              1. re: Passadumkeg

                                My mom's from the Mahanoy City / Gilberton area. I live in a great food city (New Orleans) but as it's Holy Saturday, I'm thinking of home and wishing I was back up there eating pizza with all my cousins after blessing baskets at church. Don't forget:
                                --Bleenies at church picnics and football games
                                --Tastykakes
                                --A-Treat grapefruit soda
                                --Sweet lebanon bologna
                                --Pierogies [happily, I can buy Mrs. T's at Winn-Dixie]
                                --Kielbasi [I'm wearing a Kovalonek's T-shirt as I write this!]
                                --Birch beer
                                --Costas Peanut Butter Club Sandwiches!!!

                                I miss Yuengling too [the brewery tour is great!] but have found that an Abita is a decent substitute . . . and while po'boys are good, you can NOT get a decent Italian hoagie here! Berrigan's in Bloomsburg is always my first stop when I'm home.

                  2. re: CoteGal

                    I love hippy's. Do you know any place that ships it?

                  3. re: kpaumer

                    Yes I live close to you now. I lived in Iowa for awhile and was surprised how much I missed the PA Dutch food and varieties here. Chips were the biggest here is Martins, Herrs, Utz, kay & Rays, Gibbles, Goods and many snack foods but there only the national brands like Doritios.
                    1 Thing in Iowa I miss is Casey's Pizza and fresh off the line Krispy Kremes.

                  4. thankfully we still have regional differences.

                    if I wanna eat at home - I'll stay at home.

                    but the mash-up possibilities are interresting. Cinci Chili in Berkeley, fish tacos on the Youper? NOLA Schnitzel?

                    I might try 'em.