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May 19, 2009 02:35 PM

Searching for Unique DC Treats to Bring Home

Now that I've used chowhound to compile a week-long list of gluttony at the best restaurants in town, I need to figure out what I'm going to bring back home to LA for the friends and family!

I'm looking for some delicious treats (salty or sweet, doesn't matter as long as it's YUM) that aren't easily found elsewhere. For example, when I visit Chicago, I bring home a big bag of Garrett's popcorn. New York City? Maybe a box of cookies from Ferrera's in Little Italy. It's just not fair that I get to be a pig for a week. I need to share the love, too. :-)

Oh yeah, and I need suggestions for treats that will keep for a few days, so cupcakes from Georgetown Cupcake or Baked & Wired won't work for me, unfortunately.

Help! Suggestions, pleeeeease!

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  1. Although I'm up in the Baltimore area, we always take back to Illinois three things: 1.) UTZ crab chips (potato chips seasoned with crab seasoning), 2. Berger cookies and a variety of different Tastycakes (and yes I know they're a philly thing).

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    1. re: Chippewa29

      ooo! Can I find these chips at a market in DC or do I have to go all the way out to Baltimore? I think I saw another posting regarding the Berger cookies. Will follow up. Thanks!

      1. re: urbanshopper

        Yes, you can find those chips at most markets and some delis in DC.

        1. re: urbanshopper

          they sell both at Giant Supermarkets now

      2. Unique D.C. treats??


        Sadly, as a native Washingtonian I have to admit....there are none.

        1. Some Old Bay seasoning for steaming crabs/shrimp when you get home

          1. DC just doesn't have much of a local food identity, and it sounds like you can't bring home a pack of Half-Smokes. Everything suggested so far may as well be Baltimore associated.

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            1. re: MsDiPesto

              Actually, I should add I'm perfectly fine with food not literally being unique to DC. Unique to the "area" is just as good, so bring on the Baltimore treats! *ahem* well, the ones I can BUY IN DC. Unfortunately, I won't have time to visit the neighboring areas this trip. :(

              1. re: urbanshopper

                You can buy Berger Cookies at the Italian Store in Arlington. They also have Martin's chips, which are from the York PA area. They are great "old school" chips. Look for the waffle chips. Utz chips are easy to find in supermarkets around here; the Crab Chips are definitely a local treat.

                You should also try to pick up some Route 11 chips, which are made out in the Shenandoah Valley (through which US Route 11 runs). They are outstanding. Route 11 chips are to VA what Zapp's chips are to LA (the state not the city), if that makes any sense.

                I guess we eat a lot of chips around here, huh?

            2. yep. half-smoke is gonna be your best bet. if you can't find a way to pull it off, there's really no other option. i'd look into having half-smokes shipped, if your goal is to bring back something truly regional, no matter the cost. about the chips, while they do capture a flavor of the region, you can get them anywhere in the world, where UTZ are sold.