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Boston Local Foods?

Korianne Aug 11, 2011 02:40 AM

Hi Guys! I am working on a project collecting genuine / popular foods of different cities across the US. Could you help me with some suggestions on the Boston Cuisine? What local dishes would you recommend to tourists on their first visit to Boston? Thanks a bunch!

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    chuck s RE: Korianne Aug 11, 2011 03:47 AM

    Lobster rolls, Boston cream pie, Parker House rolls, cider donuts, roast beef sandwiches, come to mind so far.

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      chuck s RE: chuck s Aug 11, 2011 03:48 AM

      Also fried clams.

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        emannths RE: chuck s Aug 11, 2011 05:33 AM

        And steamers--any softshell clam product really (are there any besides steamed and fried?).

        I'd also tack on clam chowder, fish chowder, oysters on the half shell, baked seafood (mostly scrod, lobster, or scallops), baked beans, steak bombs, Italian subs, roast beef sandwiches, ice cream and frappes, donuts of all sorts, coffee regular, raspberry lime rickeys, NE boiled dinner, apples and their various derivatives (cider, donuts, dumplings, pies)...

        Obviously the list can get quite long! Any particular focus, OP?

    2. Boston_Otter RE: Korianne Aug 11, 2011 06:34 AM

      I'd also add Indian pudding and grape-nut pudding, both worth trying.

      There's also the two "classic Boston meals": the clambake (clam chowder, steamers, and lobster, usually with potatoes and corn on the side) and fishcakes with baked beans and brown bread from a can. Yes, canned bread.

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        Karl S RE: Boston_Otter Aug 11, 2011 08:47 AM

        though the clambake really needs to be done at the beach.....

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        pjmm RE: Korianne Aug 11, 2011 06:39 AM

        Let's not forget the diner favorite American Chop Suey !

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          Karl S RE: pjmm Aug 11, 2011 08:47 AM

          That's not a regional specialty, but common to much of the USA.

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            LStaff RE: Karl S Aug 11, 2011 12:13 PM

            More of a regional name than a regional food. Never heard of american chop suey until I moved to the area. I was familiar with the term Macaroni and Beef or Beefaroni (from Chef Boyardee's canned product). And I never understand why it's so expensive when I see it in the prepared foods section at supermarkets - its mostly pasta.

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              Allstonian RE: LStaff Aug 11, 2011 12:35 PM

              Oddly enough, I never had "American chop suey" until I started junior high school, where I discovered to my surprise that it was the same dish that was known as goulash in my home. It was one of my maternal grandmother's dishes, and she grew up in Buffalo, so I have to assume that she brought the name with her from there.

              Even stranger, Jenny Ondioline, whose family hails from Texas, tells me that his mother also called it goulash.

              We are both well aware that this dish has no more to do with goulash than it does with chop suey.

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                yumyum RE: Allstonian Aug 11, 2011 12:49 PM

                It was called goulash in Salt Lake City Utah, where I did some hard time in my formative years.

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                  MrsCheese RE: Allstonian Aug 12, 2011 08:53 PM

                  We called it goulash in Southern Illinois.

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            treb RE: Korianne Aug 11, 2011 09:55 AM

            baked beans, steak tips, toll house cookies (maybe a slight stretch), necco wafers, anything scrod, lemon slush.

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              mvi RE: Korianne Aug 11, 2011 03:03 PM

              Gosh, I would suspect that real, genuine tourists go for chowder, lobster rolls, oysters, fried clams, Boston Cream pie, steak tips, Italian in the North End, pizza and locally brewed beer.

              1. almansa RE: Korianne Aug 11, 2011 03:33 PM

                Lobster Savannah began here.

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                  Korianne RE: Korianne Aug 12, 2011 04:56 AM

                  I haven't even hoped for so many replies! Thank you so much! I hope you are not going to mind if I will use your suggestions for this contribution I am making to the Food Wiki - MyCityCuisine. I have already started the dish list, I hope you're going to find it accurate. For suggestions, improvements and contributions, please see what I've done so far: http://www.mycitycuisine.org/wiki/Boston
                  Thank you again and if you have any other ideas, I'm all ears!

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