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Cities and Their Famous Foods

I'm planning on making a few road trips later this year and was looking for some input and suggestions. Basically the idea behind the road trips is to visit various cities in the US that are known specifically for certain foods. Examples would be: Philadelphia = cheesesteaks, Baltimore = crab cakes, Kansas City = BBQ, Chicago = deep dish pizza, etc.

Obviously those cities have more to offer than specifically what they're famous for, but you get my drift. First I'd like to compile a list of cities and foods before delving into which restaurant best serves the particular food of that city.

Any suggestions?

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  1. New Orleans, Roast beef poboy, or any poboy for that matter

    1. Cincinnati - chili. For some reason, they like chili here as a sauce for pasta. I tried it at a chain known for this dish. It tasted like a lot of blah chili on top of a mound of starchy spaghetti. One thing - for a very low price (at least by Toronto standards) there was a whole lot of it.

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      1. re: ekammin

        I love the Cinci chili! Skyline Chili is the chain and I beg to differ with the above description. It is a very fine grind, thin, type of chili, uniquely spiced (I think it has hints of cinnamon, nutmeg?) that is served in a bowl, or on a hotdog and even spaghetti. You can add onions, grated cheddar and beans, hot sauce, etc. The one in Middletown Ohio also makes a very good Greek Salad. Should not be missed if you are in town.

      2. San Diego: Fish tacos
        NYC: Pizza, bagels
        Santa Fe/Albuquerque: Dishes made with Hatch chiles (burgers, stews, enchiladas, rellenos....)
        Austin/Hill Country: BBQ

        www.thelunchbelle.com

        1. Las Vegas and the 99 cent shrimp cocktail?

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