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Driving from RI to OR, regional food recommendations?

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geschwho Sep 22, 2011 01:18 PM

I'm driving cross country from RI to OR next week and interested in some food/driving recommendations. I don't have my route nailed down exactly so I'm open to all suggestions. I'm an amateur bread baker really interested in traditional and old world style baking techniques. I'm also really interested in places that showcase a region's specialties. Road trips for me are all about seeing the country on a close local level so I'm also interested in routes that give me a sense of the local culture. I'd really appreciate any of your tips on special bakeries, areas with an ethnic or interesting food focus, dishes synonymous with a particular area or just unique spots. Thanks everyone!

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    dibbles225 Sep 25, 2011 10:02 AM

    Chicago's old neighborhoods present many good - some very good - ethnic bakeries - German, Polish, Italian, and ad infinitum. The most famous baked product at present, featured on national TV programs from time to time, undoubtedly is the cinnamon roll at Ann Sather's restaurant (the original is on Belmont) in what used to be a Swedish neighborhood. As for the other bakeries, google up the ethnic style of bakery you'd like and take your choice, or follow the suggestions of others who will undoubtedly weigh in..

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      ferret Sep 23, 2011 10:44 AM

      Not regional, but certainly Old World:

      http://www.chicagofoodies.com/2005/04...

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        geschwho Sep 23, 2011 11:57 AM

        Excellent!!! This is exactly the kind of place I love!

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        dulcie54 Sep 23, 2011 07:47 AM

        Pearl Bakery in PDX is very good. Have you driven west before?

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          geschwho Sep 23, 2011 11:55 AM

          Have not, this is my first road trip westward

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