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Driving from RI to OR, regional food recommendations?

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

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    1. re: dulcie54

      Have not, this is my first road trip westward

    2. Not regional, but certainly Old World:

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

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      1. re: ferret

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

      2. 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..