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What food or foods is your town known for ?

Most every town has something special, I grew up in Dayton O. Loved Old Hickory ribs, Casano's pizza (before they changed), and OMG Ester Price Candy. Maybe the best chocolate on the planet ! Not just hype !

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  1. Tokyo: famous for traditional style nigiri sushi.

    1. Absolutely nothing from my town - it is pretty much a food desert but if we widen it to food the metro area is known for then:

      Black pudding
      Eccles cake
      Manchester tart
      Uncle Joe's Mint Balls

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      1. re: Harters

        Hey Harters, where are you from? DH hails from Dukinfield, if asked this question he would likely say "Boddingtons". (Beer, it's a food group).
        I'm from St. Louis, Missouri. We're pretty much known for gooey butter cake, toasted ravioli, a particular St. Louis-style pizza (you either love it or you just don't understand why anyone would...), and we used to be known for brain sandwiches, but somewhere around 1970, everybody lost their nerve and quit eating 'em.

        1. re: tonifi

          Just down the road in Stockport (and I used to work in Ashton).

          I'm surprised that a Duki man would claim Boddington's. Surely our local brew is Robinson's which is made in Stockport but whether the town is "known" for it, I'm unsure (which is why I didnt mention it)

          1. re: Harters

            I just asked him what foods Dukinfield might be known for and he went. "Phffffffttttttttttttt." And yeah, he's sticking by Boddie's...I asked him about Robinson's and he said, "That's Stockport," so you must be at least sort-of known for it.

      2. Carlisle, PA- the hot-chee dog from the Hamilton. So popular that Dickinson College even served a knockoff version in the caf.

        Bun, white American cheese, hot dog, mustard , sauce (cinnamony Greek chili- very loose), raw onions.

        ETA: not even on the menu but locals know you can hot-chee anything. Fries, burger, omelet...

        1. Singapore: Fish-head curry, Hainanese chicken rice, Chilli crabs, Laksa

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            1. re: alliegator

              Call me if you're ever in town - and I'll show you where to get the best of each of those :-)

              1. re: klyeoh

                Thanks, and will do! Singapore is high up on my bucket list.

          1. Well, I'm in Philly so... pretzels, cheese steaks, etc.

            where I grew up, (Binghamton, NY) it's the spiedi - marinated meat chunks grilled and served on a sandwich roll. They even have an annual spiedi festival. :)

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            1. re: jujuthomas

              I was so glad when Wegman's opened and I could get spiedie sauce (grew up in western new york, went to school at Syracuse).

              1. re: lsmutko

                I was also Ismutko! especially when we were in NoVA and it was 6 hours to get home to NY to buy it!

            2. Thwaite's pork pies and other savory wonders! Methuen, MA!

              1. Space Coast of Florida. Dixie Crossroads in Titusville Florida is the home of the rock shrimp. Owner invented machinery to process delectable mini lobsters that use to be tossed over the side as useless trash.

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                1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

                  We love the rock shrimp at the Dixie Crossroads! I recommend it to any of my coworkers on travel to Kennedy Space Center.

                2. Philly, PA - Cheesesteaks and soft pretezels...go figure.

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                  1. re: MattRT

                    Me too . . . add scrapple, pepper pot soup, Italian hoagies.

                    It's summer--sweet corn and tomatoes.

                    1. re: gaffk

                      and buttercake. and roast pork sandwiches with broccoli rabe and sharp provolone

                      1. re: Bigley9

                        Shhh . . . nobody outside the city knows the "real" Philly sandwich; let them eat cheesesteak, the lines for pork, rabe and provolone are long enough already.

                  2. Phoenix---Alice Cooper's Big Unit.

                    1. Riverhead NY aka Polish Town USA. Keilbasa, stuffed cabbage, etc. Polish Festival this weekend, I'm on a diet until then!

                      Except maybe for a trip to the homemade ice cream place outside town, once a year at this time they make Jezynowka Blackberry Brandy ice cream in honor of the event. I always stash away a quart or two!

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                      1. re: coll

                        Jezynowka Blackberry Brandy ice cream sounds DIVINE!

                        1. re: jujuthomas

                          It sure is! So soft it's like Mr Softee, that's how much he puts in there.

                        2. re: coll

                          Lotta fun and great memories of Riverhead and the Polish Festival.

                          1. re: mrbigshotno.1

                            Looking forward to the beer tent and the polka bands. And I'm 0% Polish!

                        3. Iowa

                          Loose meat sandwiches and tenderloins

                          I'm not a fan of the enormous tenderloins flattened so thin just for the sake of the restaurant being able to claim they have the biggest tenderloin. However a perfectly fried sandwich that has some thickness to it....is hard to beat.

                          Sandwiches flattened to oblivion or pork fritters on the other hand are not edible IMO.

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                          1. re: worldrunner

                            True on the too thin tenderloins being not very good.

                            If one grew up in Des Moines, the original flour taco at a local place that started on the East Side over 50 years ago [Tasty Tacos] might be on the list as well. The shells are almost like thin Indian Fry Bread [and making them unique] and with its homemade hot sauce , it used to be atop my list of places to dine when I would return to my hometown [from years of living in the South]. Another unique item to Des Moines is Graziano's Sausage, still made in a little Italian Grocery/Butcher Shop on the South Side of town.

                              1. re: worldrunner

                                Tenderloins are also popular in Central Indiana though I never did try one.

                                1. re: MrsJTW

                                  Both states claim to be the originators of it. It is a very good sandwich if properly breaded/prepared [not too thinly pounded] and freshly fried.

                                1. re: JayL

                                  Thank you for that, JayL. How is "barbeque" pronounced any way but bar-BECK?

                                  I've never tasted barbecue in Goldsboro, but being extremely tolerant of any barbecue, especially if it's pig, I'll certainly try it if I get the chance.

                                  1. re: Will Owen

                                    Give Wilbur's a try. That and/or Grady's.

                                    Good barbecue (with a C).


                                2. Kansas City has KC steaks, Italian Steak Sandwiches, Deep Fried Tacos, Fried Chicken and of course, BBQ.
                                  + Valomilks and Cherry Mash candy bars from nearby St. Joe.

                                  Southern Oregon, where I now reside, has Salmon, Lamb, Pears, Cheese, Wine. And Pot. Lots of Pot, Wine, and Beer. :)

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                                  1. re: bbqboy

                                    You forgot the KC burnt ends. I miss those since moving to KY. I make my own a few times a year though.

                                    Here in Kentucky it's hot brown, beer cheese, and burgoo.

                                  2. Gothenburg, Sweden, where I work, is big on fish. Really big. The main fish market is a permanent building called locally Feskekorka (literally Fish Church!) - and even built in the style of a church.

                                    I grew up in SW Worcestershire, famous for, inter alia, Worcestershire Sauce and good Perry and Cider.

                                    1. Frederick, MD--McCutcheon's Apple Butter, fastnacht (a cakey German sort of donut), Dairy Maid chocolate milk.

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                                      1. re: flavrmeistr

                                        flavrmeistr, was Frederick founded by German immigrants? The Apple Butter and fastnacht are stalwarts of German cooking and can be found in many American communities founded by German sects seeking religious freedom.

                                        1. re: Bacchus101

                                          Indeed it was. The first newspaper was published there in 1740, in German. Hessian prisoners were held in Frederick during the Revolutionary War and released into the countryside afterward. Most of the local family names are German and the best fastnacht is still a subject of fierce competition among the local women.

                                        2. re: flavrmeistr

                                          I grew up in Middletown! McCutcheon's shows up in little side farm markets up here near Philly and people go crazy for it. I always loved their apple butter. People look at me strange when I put it on my cottage cheese!

                                          I remember a place called Watson's. Best fried chicken in the county!

                                          1. re: flavrmeistr

                                            My family once spent a week in a driveway in Frederick. We drove a motorhome from Minnesota so my father could attend a convention in D.C. and of course we did all the D.C. tourist stuff.

                                            The interesting thing about the friends in Frederick is that they had huge rabbit hutch in their backyard and the mom cooked up some sort of rabbit dinner. I don't remember much about it except that it was good and one of my brothers was afraid to eat a rabbit. The family also had some goats including a female goat they were milking. They made their own goat cheese. I think the mom was a frustrated hippie.

                                          2. Lubbock, Texas:

                                            Strangely enough, it's a mecca of Thai food. Even people from Austin and Houston admit Lubbock has the best Thai in Texas.

                                            Otherwise, not a whole lot, to be honest. Fried pies--apricot in particular--perhaps.

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                                            1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                              I wish Lubbock was a mecca of Thai Food back in the mid-1990's. However, I do recall a couple of great tamale places that were excellent.

                                              1. re: hawkeyeui93

                                                I'm trying to think of the best tamales in town. Pedro's Tamales is a bulk producing company, and their product is actually pretty good. Not quite is good as homemade, but not bad at all. Unfortunately, most of the Tex-Mex places around here put chile con carne on their tamales, and I hate that. Overkill, as far as I'm concerned. Tamales are best with plain salsa, a ranchero sauce, or even chile con queso, IMO.

                                                PS--After giving it some more thought, I think it's safe to say that Lubbock really has a slew of excellent burger joints. Of course, one could say that about many cities in Texas, I imagine.

                                                1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                  We bought them from an old lady that was well-known for making them [and had a small place] every Friday and drank Lone Star and ate tamales at the firm I clerked at in downtown Lubbock. They were better than Pedro's, which are not bad,

                                                  1. re: hawkeyeui93

                                                    Yes, tamales sold from a Styrofoam cooler by itinerant old Mexican ladies are the very best.

                                                    1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                      Agreed. I had some in El Paso that were so good I nearly bought out everything she had. I was stopped by my DW, who rightly pointed out the impracticality of flying home with 200 tamales.

                                                      In St.Thomas, we bought homemade fish pates (like empanadas) from an old woman every morning. She sold out of those first and we'd sometimes have to settle for the fiery goat pies. They were pretty good, too.

                                                      1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                        In the supermarket parking lot!, or out in front of Harbor Freight!

                                                        1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                          I'm in southern California. We orcer tamales from a group of nuns in Mexico at Christmas time. O.M.G.

                                                            1. re: coll

                                                              lol yea, something like that. They are the best

                                                    2. re: hawkeyeui93

                                                      Actually, even as far back as the mid-'80s, Lubbock had better Thai food than you would expect for a town of that size in that area during that decade. Especially considering that the other Asian restaurants in town at the time were about a half-step up from La Choy.

                                                      Personally, I think Pedro's tamales are superb, and I prefer them entirely unsauced, alongside a nice serving of enchiladas or maybe a quartet of tacos.

                                                      1. re: Jenny Ondioline

                                                        Agreed on both of your points. The first great Thai restaurant in Lubbock that I was aware of was Chow Thai on 34th Street. It was open by 1984 and may have opened a couple of years earlier than that. Alas, it's gone, replaced by a lower-middling Chinese joint called Uncle Chien's.

                                                        I had some Pedro's just last week. Made a very nice enchilada sauce to drizzle over them. Mos' delicious.

                                                    3. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                      This is specifically for PK - I'm afraid a Texas topic won't be seen by him. We went to the Tech/SMU game and the welcome to the king was so great that I just grossly overpaid for Tech tickets on 9/7. What's your favorite Thai place? It's pathetic but in 89 the best place I went in college was Gardski's. Bringing my nephew and niece and would love them to have great Thai.

                                                      1. re: KrumTx

                                                        The King's debut was a smashing success round these parts. Folks are purty fired up.

                                                        Top Thai right now could be the Thai Pepper. But be warned! It's kind of small and often very crowded.

                                                    4. Billings, MT, Nothing, I'm waiting.

                                                      But I was born and raised in Tucson,
                                                      Chimichangas, Green corn tamales, Sonoran Hot Dogs, Flour Tortillas, Chile Rellenos, LeCaves Donuts, Lucky Wishbone

                                                      1. Sunny Sarasota, Florida. Yoder's fried chicken. They were on Man V Food and Chowdown Countdown. The Old Salty Dog's deep fried(in batter) hot dog. Also featured on Man V Food. Back before I had tummy issues I could eat two. Damn they are good. And of course citrus galore.

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                                                        1. re: suzigirl

                                                          When I found out she had lived in Sarasota for a year and not gone, I had to take her to Yoder's. I first went in 1976 when it was on the main drag. Chicken, scrapple, and pies still great. An icon of Sarasota.

                                                          1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

                                                            Sadly, the scrapple is gone from the menu. Sad. But the peanutbutter cream pie remains. I go in sometimes to have a side of fresh mashed potatoes with peppered country gravy and butter and a slice of peanut butter cream pie and that's it. Oh, and a slice of white bread.

                                                          2. re: suzigirl

                                                            Wow, ate breakfast at Yoder's while on vacation 15 + yrs ago. YUMMY!.

                                                            1. re: suzigirl

                                                              I've seen Yoder's chicken on the tube! I love Chowdown Countdown.
                                                              But, ahhhh, glorious citrus. My favorite flavoring element. You can never have too much.

                                                            2. I currently live in the Birmingham area and BBQ is what the 'Ham is known for. White BBQ sauce especially.

                                                              I am originally from Garden Grove California and were once famous for our Strawberry Shortcake but that was years ago. I dont think there are any more strawberry fields left in Orange County, I may be wrong?

                                                              1. Although I am an Illinois boy, my two principal home towns in terms of long residency have been Nashville (27 years) and Pasadena, CA (13 and counting). Nashville's a good eating town and getting better, but although there's a lot of barbecue, some of it excellent, and many examples of that regional delight the Meat'n'Three, some of them extremely good, I'm not sure there's any distinctive dish peculiar or indigenous that the place can call its own. However, an ongoing controversy on the Tennessee Board is about who's got the best cheeseburger in Nashville … which brings me to my current home, where local history indicates the first cheeseburger named as such on the menu was served at a West Pasadena roadside stand sometime in the 1920s, and became so popular that it was widely imitated all over L.A. County. There are still very good ones to be had here, the iconic one (if I may use that over-used word) being the doggedly old-fashioned sandwich served at Pie'n'Burger. Thin slab, beefy and chewy, slice of American on top, iceberg lettuce and slice of tomato, grilled onions if you want them, crammed into a bun and wrapped in an open-ended shroud of white paper.

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                                                                1. Austin...whatever college students can afford (Tex-Mex and burgers), barbecue (I have tasted Franklin barbecue at a party but refuse to spend a morning in line when I could drive to Taylor or Lockhart and back in less time), and whatever idea someone decides they can make in and sell from a truck.

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                                                                    1. re: wellbaked

                                                                      I haven't been to Franklin since they were in the old gas station by I-35. I went there three days running. It was worth the wait. Some tasty brisket. I don't mind the drive to Black's, though.

                                                                      1. re: flavrmeistr

                                                                        My only visit to Franklin was also when it was still in the old gas station. I often think about making a trip from Ohio to Austin just for their brisket. I barbecue, and do a decent job, I am told, but Franklin's brisket is what my brisket longs to be. It was amazing.

                                                                      2. re: wellbaked

                                                                        Franklin has been on a couple of shows at least, and is currently in some bank commercial. My "BBQ country" tour was cut short, but I really liked Black's. Still want to try City Market in Luling, Franklin, and Snow's.

                                                                        Oops, sorry for the thread drift. Nothing notable here in Vegas.

                                                                      3. re: tim irvine


                                                                        Breakfast tacos.

                                                                        Tacos in general, also.

                                                                        1. re: luckyfatima

                                                                          Sorry, but tacos do not hail from Austin. You are up against preColombian culinary history.

                                                                            1. re: globocity

                                                                              Austin style breakfast tacos hail from Austin and are unknown and even shocking to some people from Mexico who scoff at the idea of eating tacos for breakfast. There is a ranchero/norteño tradition of breakfast tacos in northern MX (like with overnight cooked meats), and also in MX there are breakfast burritos, and I'd say the Austin breakfast taco culture has roots in the 'burrito de desayuno' culture. But Austin has some very well known places which serve tacos that are very specific to Austin food culture, places which extend from South Texas tejano food culture, Tex-Mex places, tons of Mex-Mex places, and more (Vietnamese and Korean owned places that sell tacos!). That's a plethora of tacos.

                                                                              Austin has its own distinct taco culture, and part of that would be the multitude of places from food trucks/carts to gas stations to restaurants which serve breakfast tacos.

                                                                              Visitors/Tourists would be instructed to not miss a breakfast taco on a trip to Austin, but they are not just a gimmick and that is what real Austinites (like me, Austin native) enjoy there.

                                                                              Are there many other cities that even have a book dedicated to the city's breakfast tacos?


                                                                              1. re: luckyfatima

                                                                                Even more reason to visit Austin. Thank you for this information.

                                                                        2. Salina, Ks -- the Cozy Burger since 1922. Still made on the original flat top grill. Tiny sliders packed with onions in the same original six stool restaurant.

                                                                          Don't bother trying to order one with cheese. They don't come that way.

                                                                          1. Baltimore -
                                                                            blue crabs
                                                                            Berger cookies
                                                                            Pit beef

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                                                                              1. re: MGZ

                                                                                Of course, the lake trout. I'm still trying to figure out what species it is. Is it Whiting? Or is there a such thing as Lake Trout

                                                                              2. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                I could go for a Berger Cookie and a Canopy Sandwich with BBQ and tiger sauce right now.

                                                                              3. I'm a lifelong nomad so I have three hometowns at this point. Beijing, Chicago and Indianapolis.

                                                                                Indy: Not a lot that can think of to be honest. I guess we have the fried pork tenderloin sandwich but I kind of consider that to be school cafeteria or carnival food.

                                                                                Chicago: Many specialties but I pick the Italian beef sandwich. Tender, thin sliced round roast in an Italian roll soaked with meat juice, garnished with sour and spicy giardinera peppers... this is the first Chicago food I start to miss when I'm away

                                                                                Beijing: This city is really good at Chinese foods which involve wheaten flour. Every dingy alleyway has a steamed dumpling shop with hand-stretched skins better than any I've had anywhere else. Hand-pulled soup noodles have perfect bite and texture, especially at Uighur Muslim-owned joints.

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                                                                                1. re: RealMenJulienne

                                                                                  I think the tenderloin sandwich deserves respect as a regional food around Indy, except, of course that it runs throughout Indiana and also in Iowa (less so in intervening Illiinois, oddly). You know you're dealing with a regional specialty when you can sit at a restaurant in Indiana and ask for a "tenderloin," and they're more likely to understand you to mean, not a fancy beef steak cut, but instead a battered pork sandwich which isn't even generally made from the tenderloin portion of pork! Try asking just for a "tenderloin" anywhere else in the USA!

                                                                                  I do agree that Chicago's Italian Beef sandwich needs to stand right up there with the more ballyhooed hot dogs and pizzas from there: that Giardiniera relish and the whole shaved beef and wet roll shebang are genuine and distinctive, making Chicago almost competitive with Philly, which is sandwich Mecca, IMO.

                                                                                  1. re: Bada Bing

                                                                                    The tenderloin belt seems to extend to roughly the Kansas/Missouri and Nebraska/Iowa borders where your same ordering criteria applies. Interesting observation about Illinois, though I'm sure you can find them in places. Not sure how far East into Ohio they roam.

                                                                                2. Buffalo. Wings, of course (not "chicken wings", not "Buffalo wings", just "wings"). The Duff's vs. Anchor Bar debate will never end (made it to "Food Wars" on FN) - I like both. The Duff's signs, t-shirts, etc say "WARNING: Medium Is HOT, Medium Hot Is VERY HOT, Hot Is VERY, VERY HOT".

                                                                                  Beef on Weck: Slow-roasted beef au jus on a Kimmelweck (salt & caraway) roll, horseradish optional.

                                                                                  Fish fry every Friday, everywhere, if not all week.

                                                                                  Sponge candy: 1" cubes of spun molasses dipped in chocolate. Melts in your mouth.

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                                                                                  1. re: WNYamateur

                                                                                    Yes, I'm in Rochester, and I gotta say, us Western New Yorkers do have some good food =)

                                                                                      1. re: jeanmarieok

                                                                                        One of the great joys of my life was watching the local Buffalo news during a trip to Toronto and discovering that a) there was a place called Mighty Taco, and b) that their jingle consisted entirely of one dopey-sounding guy chanting "My-tee-tah-co, My-tee-tah-co." It still amuses me.

                                                                                        1. re: Jenny Ondioline

                                                                                          They always had weird and amusing commercials. In the 70s, I remember the refrain of "Eat at Mighty Taco, eat at Mighty Taco," set to the beginning of "Gimme Some Lovin'" by the Spencer Davis Group. It's the intro before the organ starts.

                                                                                    1. I live in Marion County, Oregon. We have marionberries that go in pies, cobblers, or anywhere else you would put a black berry.

                                                                                      And beer. We have great beer in Oregon.

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                                                                                      1. re: jpc8015

                                                                                        Every time I think of marionberries, I'm reminded of a trip to Bend. A group of us were having a grand ol' time at a the lodge restaurant in Sun River. Our waiter, knowing we were from the DC area, after telling us about the marionberry dessert---added, "Bitch set me up." We rolled.
                                                                                        But seriously, I would move to Oregon or Washington just for the fresh Dungeness. Period.

                                                                                        1. re: bourbonnie

                                                                                          I always think of Marion Barry's famous quote, "Bitch set me up!"

                                                                                            1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                              You don't wind up at Hanley-Hazelden by not inhaling.

                                                                                      2. Here at the Shore in New Jersey, pork roll would be the regional specialty. It's most tried and true preparation is to pair griddled slices with egg and cheese on a hard roll - ketchup optional.

                                                                                        In the Summer, the tomatoes and corn grown in the State's sandy soil are pretty special - especially when served with the local seafood. Scallops, Fluke, and wild Striped Bass are the favorites.

                                                                                        Pizza, particularly with a very thin crust, is another common treat.

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                                                                                        1. re: MGZ

                                                                                          I've been wondering, what exactly is a pork roll?

                                                                                          1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                            It's pork and spices and Jersey love in cylindrical form. I'd compare it to minced pressed ham or Spam, but with more seasoning. The ingredients are: Pork,* Salt, Sugar, Spice(s), Lactic Acid, Sodium Nitrate (Nitrite) More on the subject, if you care to link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pork_roll

                                                                                            *Don't ask about cuts - no one really knows . . .

                                                                                            1. re: MGZ

                                                                                              Ahh yea there's my issue. I've read that link and still couldn't figure it out but I guess I'll just consider it mystery meat. Perhaps I'll grab a roll, I haven't met many meat products I don't like.

                                                                                              1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                It's a cold cut basically, if that helps. Sort of like bologna. Comes in a roll, like maybe 5 lbs, or a little smaller?

                                                                                                The picture on Wikipedia is showing a presliced version, but we used to have it at my deli in a roll similar to bologna or liverwurst. It always went bad before we sold the whole thing though. We are NOT in Jersey. There must have been a customer who liked it. It was also called Taylor ham.

                                                                                                It's getting popular around here though, people are using it for Cuban pork sandwiches apparently.

                                                                                                And I'm going to say as a bigger regional delicacy, egg sandwiches on a hard roll just can't be beat! We do bacon or ham (normal type), American cheese and runny fried eggs. Ketchup optional. Please don't ask for mustard etc as a recent houseguest did. It's just not right. But I had a couple of customers that asked for bologna, or roast beef, grilled along with the eggs, now there were some connoisseurs. We scoffed at first, but eventually tried for ourselves, and were amazed at the results.

                                                                                                1. re: coll

                                                                                                  Grilled Mortadella, egg, and cheese is another one to try.

                                                                                                  Scrapple and pork roll with American cheese and an over-easy egg was another breakfast treat for me recently. And, yes, the waitress looked at me funny when I asked for it, but I had spent most of the previous evening with a bottle of tequila by my side, so . . . .

                                                                                                  1. re: coll

                                                                                                    Reminds me of a story I heard once. Guy tried to get a hard roll and butter one morning, while out west. The server said, "Why would anyone want a stale roll for breakfast?" Tsk, tsk.


                                                                                                    1. re: Jerseygirl111

                                                                                                      And I used to wonder what the heck a Kaiser roll was? It sounded so exotic.

                                                                                                2. re: MGZ

                                                                                                  Taylor pork roll is available out here on that other coast - Bristol Farms stores carry it. I'm going to have to give it a try, and if it's lips and snouts or whatever I really don't care!

                                                                                                1. re: Jerseygirl111

                                                                                                  Good one. Hard rolls, too. Though the once common bakeries that dotted to Shore are disappearing every year. Thank God for places like Mueller's and Park holdin' on.

                                                                                                2. re: MGZ

                                                                                                  Talking about New Jersey, how about salt water taffy and rippers (though hopefully not together)?

                                                                                                  "Disco fries" are supposed to be a New Jersey specialty, but in my 25 years in the state I've only eaten them a few times.

                                                                                                  1. re: drongo

                                                                                                    Yeah, Disco fries always seemed like a North Jersey diner thing to me. I don't think I've ever had 'em. Closest I got was gravy fries, after hours at the Inkwell in Long Branch, while trying to sober up with coffee and lots of cigarettes.

                                                                                                  2. Phoenix AZ - known for Mexican, citrus and Navaho tacos.

                                                                                                    Grew up in MT - known for beef, bison, venison and huckle berries.

                                                                                                    1. My town growing up was Yonkers, NY. 4th largest city in the state, right on the NYC border. I can't think of a single food the city is known for. Maybe the Wedge, the local name in parts of the area for what is known as a sub, hero, hoagie, etc. elsewhere.

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                                                                                                      1. re: JMF

                                                                                                        Did you ever get to Landi's (?Landy's) Wedges up in the Park Hill section of the town? Great wedges coming out of a hole in the wall shop!

                                                                                                      2. Seattle? Not known for a specific dish per se, but for the excellence of its fresh ingredients. Wild salmon prepared as simply as possible. Wild blackberries. Locally grown strawberries, raspberries, marionberries, all of which you can buy the day they are picked (or you can pick yourself). Oysters, clams, Dungeness crab.

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                                                                                                        1. re: PAO

                                                                                                          Huckleberries, marionberries...there's a whole host of berries this East coast gal is totally unaware of!

                                                                                                          1. re: Jerseygirl111

                                                                                                            out here on the pacific - BC - we have huckleberries similar to what Seattle might be speaking of --- however, i got confused when first visiting Montana (a comment above) - because what they call huckleberries are totally different - their hucks are more like a blueberry to us (albeit smaller than the supermarket ones) - our hucks at the coast are red and quite tart.

                                                                                                            blackberries - two main species - Himalayan and the original ones - wild - the scourge of many property owners here.

                                                                                                            brambleberries - tiny, look like blackberries but much smaller.

                                                                                                            we have another wild shrub here - it has red berries that look like raspberries. It's called Thimbleberry. Another scourge to those who like perfect gardens.

                                                                                                            wild cherries

                                                                                                            salmonberries - wild fruit, look like salmon roe, i suppose

                                                                                                            Saskatoon berries - wild on the dry side of our coast (cascade) mountains -

                                                                                                            there are some good photos on this blog

                                                                                                          2. Grew up in suburbs of Philly so- cheesesteaks, hoagies, soft pretzels with mustard, grilled sticky buns, butter cake, scrapple and pork roll.

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                                                                                                            1. re: Hopefulone

                                                                                                              I bleeve that was Bruce Jenner's dietary training regimen for the '76 Olympics.

                                                                                                            2. The city of Somerville, MA celebrates the 1917 invention of Marshmallow Fluff with its annual “What the Fluff Festival”.

                                                                                                              1. Orlando is the headquarters of Darden Restaurants, so I guess we would be best-known for Olive Garden and Red Lobster.

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                                                                                                                1. re: Big Bad Voodoo Lou

                                                                                                                  My daughter was fond of the dark chocolate covered Mickey Mouse Ice Creme Bars sold at Disney World ....

                                                                                                                  1. re: Big Bad Voodoo Lou

                                                                                                                    Been many a moon since I darkened a Red Lobster door. The Slobster used to make terrific hush puppies. They were shaped like a small cigar, and were quite savory, with sage(?) and oregano(?). I'm guessing the Slobster doesn't even make 'em anymore. If so, more's the pity.

                                                                                                                    1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                                                      Not if you worked in the kitchen! The device that was attached to the fryer, to drop the hushpuppy dough into the oil, was deadly. Everyone had scars on their arms from the splashing oil, and we finally took to tying towels from wrist to elbow to try to keep it under control. I'm going to guess this might be a big reason they disappeared from the menu so quickly. They were delicious though.

                                                                                                                      1. re: coll

                                                                                                                        Your forearms have my sympathy.

                                                                                                                        Wouldn't happen to have that hush puppy dough recipe, woodja?

                                                                                                                        1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                                                          I think it was mainly General Mills corn bread mix, they were owned by GM back then.

                                                                                                                        2. re: coll

                                                                                                                          Old reply, but I'm guessing the first job for the new person was making hushpuppies.

                                                                                                                          1. re: James Cristinian

                                                                                                                            Nah someone may have filed a complaint because they didn't last long at all. Too bad because they were very tasty! But first job isn't usually the fryer!

                                                                                                                            1. re: coll

                                                                                                                              Absolutely the #1 most dangerous job in a restaurant.

                                                                                                                          2. re: coll

                                                                                                                            Late reply, I know.

                                                                                                                            The key to the puppy machine is to have it positioned just a hair above the oil. Dropping it from height is a death trap!

                                                                                                                            I owned a small place one time where we went through a few hundred 20# bags of puppy mix a year. We dropped the pups one by one into the fryer with a large spoon. Hundreds of thousands a year...one at a time. You had to whack the spoon on the side lip of the fryer to release the hush puppy into the oil. My spoon arm looked like it had leprosy for six straight years. You simply get used to the burn.

                                                                                                                            1. re: coll

                                                                                                                              this one is making loukoumades, but I imagine it can make hush puppies as well

                                                                                                                          3. re: Big Bad Voodoo Lou

                                                                                                                            BET, best Red Lobster and Olive Garden in the nation. Lived there for 15 plus years, ever tried Rossi's pizza ?

                                                                                                                          4. Racine, WI----Kringle! This is a pastry with several thin layers of flaky goodness. Kringle can be filled with fruit or cheese.

                                                                                                                            Wisconsin is known for Fish Fry on Friday. This is throughout the entire state.

                                                                                                                            1. London:

                                                                                                                              Pie, mash and liquor.
                                                                                                                              Jellied eels.
                                                                                                                              Cockles and whelks.
                                                                                                                              London Porter.

                                                                                                                              1. Plattsburgh, NY-that is in NORTHERN NY. Red Hots or Michigan Hot Dogs. Some think they are just a chili dog, they are then surprised.

                                                                                                                                Bloomgton, IN pork tenderloin sandwiches.

                                                                                                                                1. Southern Oregon coast, salmon, dungeness crab, potato vodka and blackberry liqueur.

                                                                                                                                  1. My German town:

                                                                                                                                    Hackepeter -- raw minced pork with onions, salt & pepper
                                                                                                                                    Eisbein (boiled pork knuckle) with sauerkraut
                                                                                                                                    Calf's liver "Berlin-style" (with apples and onions)
                                                                                                                                    Schmorgurken (braised and often stuffed cucumbers)
                                                                                                                                    Kartoffelpuffer (potato pancakes).
                                                                                                                                    Pfannkuchen (known in the rest of Germany as "Berliner" = jelly donuts
                                                                                                                                    Döner kebab
                                                                                                                                    Bulette (meat patty with onions and spices)
                                                                                                                                    Havel pike perch
                                                                                                                                    Mustard eggs
                                                                                                                                    Spreewälder Gurken (pickled gherkins)
                                                                                                                                    Berliner Weisse

                                                                                                                                    My US town:

                                                                                                                                    Sticky buns
                                                                                                                                    Peach Paterno ice cream

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                                                                                                                                    1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                      State College? Best ice cream anywhere.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                                          My best friend worked at The Creamery ... a long time ago.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                            Well...it's pretty dang good ice cream. I make it a point to stop by during trout season.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: flavrmeistr

                                                                                                                                              Now... if they made a trout ice cream, maybe :-)

                                                                                                                                              I actually prefer Meyer's dairy ice cream over the creamery. And many others over both.

                                                                                                                                              I've also heard from plenty of alumni that the quality at the creamery has gone way down. I wouldn't know, I try to stay clear of campus as much as possible.

                                                                                                                                        2. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                          Lingua, is your favourite ice cream found in the US or Germany? I've usually found better quality ice creams in Germany and France have trumped most better quality North American ice creams.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: prima

                                                                                                                                            Germany, probably, or Italy. Hard to pin down, of course, since they're usually mom & pop stores, not brand names.

                                                                                                                                            That said, you can't get butter pecan in Germany, which is a crime.

                                                                                                                                          2. Canton, Ohio - Pigskin. Oh, wait, they may not mean some kind of food, or actual pig skin....

                                                                                                                                            1. S.Cruz,CA. I asked this question to freinds.And the answer was the Chocolate Madness from Saturn Cafe. That's embarassing.

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                                                                                                                                              1. re: emglow101

                                                                                                                                                The Princess Cake at Gayle's in Capitola near Santa Cruz is quite famous.

                                                                                                                                              2. Hmmm. I'm new to the Milwaukee area, but I guess I'd say known for... obviously, not the inventors of...except maybe the cannibal sandwiches, not sure about that one!

                                                                                                                                                frozen custard
                                                                                                                                                fried cheese curds
                                                                                                                                                cannibal sandwiches...which will pop up at strange functions - including baby showers - throughout WI. This is a raw ground sirloin, topped on dark rye or crackers w/ raw onion.

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                                                                                                                                                1. re: tiffeecanoe

                                                                                                                                                  "[C]annibal sandwiches.... This is a raw ground sirloin, topped on dark rye or crackers w/ raw onion."

                                                                                                                                                  Sounds terrific (and here I never thought I would have a reason to spend time in Milwaukee). Is the meat seasoned? If so, how?

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: MGZ

                                                                                                                                                    I'm not sure. I've never actually made it - I have had it before and I don't hate it! I'm assuming not aggressively because I don't recall it being all that flavorful! I can easily find out by asking my mother.

                                                                                                                                                    Pretty sure you'll have to get yourself invited to someone's family function, because I'm not sure it would be found on a menu anywhere.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: tiffeecanoe

                                                                                                                                                      In that case, I'm gonna need Mom's recipe and/or address.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: MGZ

                                                                                                                                                        Yup, I was right. Not much goes into it. She says some people add raw eggs - but she does not. Her recipe came from some old Lioness Club cookbook, she's changed it over the years to her taste.

                                                                                                                                                        Here is her email:

                                                                                                                                                        You need good quality ground sirloin or grind yourself 2lbs or so.
                                                                                                                                                        Salt and less Season Salt than regular salt

                                                                                                                                                        Mix well and put in fridge for at least an hour.

                                                                                                                                                        Serve on seeded rye bread or caraway crackers and top with thinly sliced onions. Caraway flavor is important, so don't skip that. Some folks chop up the onion and mix it in, I don't do that, but it's not bad. I like to spread a little yellow mustard and horseradish on my bread first, then the meat, then onion. Salt is simply to taste, maybe a total of 2 tsps go in there? I don't measure. Some folks also like to add an egg or two and that's fine too, I just don't, your dad didn't like that. It does make for a nice texture though. Start with one good egg if desired.

                                                                                                                                                        Well, I guess I couldn't have expected that she had an exact recipe - hope this helps! She tried this out on a crowd in Nevada, where she lives now, and it didn't go over nearly as well! Ha!

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: tiffeecanoe

                                                                                                                                                          This is so cool to know. My husband's uncle, born and bred in NY, made cannibal sandwiches all the time, we thought he made the name up himself (he was a pretty funny guy) Wait until I tell everyone!

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: coll

                                                                                                                                                            I know it's great, right? I learned about a food I'd never heard of before today - love it! Doesn't happen too often for some of us old 'hounds. Thanks, tiffie.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: MGZ

                                                                                                                                                              Of course!

                                                                                                                                                              And truly, there is nothing like going to a WI function and there being a big ol' vintage pyrex bowl loaded with raw sirloin surrounded by the sandwich fixings! Ha!

                                                                                                                                                              My mother tried to bring it to my Chicago bridal shower years ago... I declined as it probably would have been a horrible waste of good food ;)

                                                                                                                                                            2. re: coll

                                                                                                                                                              They had a "cannibal sandwich" at Duke Ziebert's in DC years ago. Raw ground sirloin w/chopped onions and capers. My dad loved 'em.

                                                                                                                                                  2. Ya'all know I am a life long N'rker
                                                                                                                                                    Bagels and pizza.
                                                                                                                                                    Nathan's hot dogs

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                                                                                                                                                    1. re: PHREDDY

                                                                                                                                                      N'rker? Never heard that one before. I'm a Nyawker myself.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: JMF

                                                                                                                                                        R u from NYC? If so what borough ?

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: PHREDDY

                                                                                                                                                          Born in Harlem, childhood in Brooklyn, teens in the 'burbs three miles from the Bronx border.

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: JMF

                                                                                                                                                            Born Pelham Pkwy, Levine's deli on white plains road. Grew up in Queens

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: PHREDDY

                                                                                                                                                              You were born at Levine's deli? No wonder you're a Chowhound!

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: coll

                                                                                                                                                                LOL.....My real name is "Frank" and my twin brother is named "beans"
                                                                                                                                                                Actually that deli was known by everyone in the Bronx....

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: PHREDDY

                                                                                                                                                                  I lived in Parkchester until I was 8, don't think we had any delis there though! Not that I travelled extensively at the time.

                                                                                                                                                                  I'll ask Mom, our grandma lived in Pelham Bay. And Mom loves her blasts from the past. I'll let you know what she says....

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: coll

                                                                                                                                                                    She remembers it as an Italian neighborhood, so deli doesn't ring a bell. She, as opposed to me, lived in the Bronx from birth to age 30 or so. We did wax nostalgic about the pizzeria with the Italian ice on Unionport Rd, Horn and Hardardt by Macys and the Chinese place by the el. A great conversation!

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: coll

                                                                                                                                                                      We did not live in Pelham Bay, but Pelham Parkway and White Plains road...(the wall) This was about 1958....A few blocks away from the Bronx Zoo...where later on ,I learned everything about sex from those wild critters!

                                                                                                                                                                      Horn & Hardardt, on Unionport road....A glass of milk and a "chocolate glazer" cupcake!

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: PHREDDY

                                                                                                                                                                        Still visit the zoo and Arthur Ave on a yearly basis, even though we moved away before I could hop on the subway by myself or whatever. We went to the zoo a lot though, of course, but too young to learn much of anything!

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: coll

                                                                                                                                                                          I still visit too with the grandkids,,,,boy I still love the monkey house!

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: PHREDDY

                                                                                                                                                                            Hard to say what's best there. I'm sad they stopped the night time Christmas extravaganza though, that was the best. We'd do the model train exhibition at the Botanical Gardens, then a leisurely feast and some food shopping on Arthur Ave, and finish up with a couple of hours of seeing what the animals do at night, while snacking on somemores right off the grill. A really nice day, all in all.

                                                                                                                                                          2. re: PHREDDY

                                                                                                                                                            Ooh I'm also from NY...Born in Hollis and lived there until about '74 then moved to Richmond Hill...before I moved out of state in '87, I lived in Brooklyn and Manhattan (15th btw. 7 th & 8th Ave.) also. I miss the knishes, Italian ices, Junior's cheesecake and a real deli with pastrami on rye.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Cherylptw

                                                                                                                                                              Hi Cherlptw

                                                                                                                                                              From the Bronx, but then moved to Bellerose/ Floral Park.

                                                                                                                                                      2. Rochester, NY ...garbage plates.

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                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Meowzerz

                                                                                                                                                          I live at the very bottom of the state of Alabama. Right on the Gulf of Mexico. All the seafood you can eat.

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: chloebell

                                                                                                                                                            Lucky you. You see fresh Stone Crab n season ?

                                                                                                                                                        2. Stockton, CA: Asparagus. Lots of other stuff grows around us, but we're probably best known for asparagus. We even have an Asparagus Festival every Spring.

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                                                                                                                                                            1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                              Stockton asparagus is mostly green, and really pretty good, too.

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                I'm not sure any farmers are growing white asparagus in the area.

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: ricepad

                                                                                                                                                                  I didn't think so. Most of it seems to come from Peru.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                    A whole lot of white asparagus seems to come from Mexico.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Tripeler

                                                                                                                                                                      Partciularly in California, I guess. I wouldn't know, I only eat white asparagus in Germany :-)

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                        Actually, I live in Tokyo, and most of the white asparagus we get here comes from Mexico. Except for the Zum Einhorn restaurant, that has a Spargelfest every spring, and serves big fat white asparagus spears from Germany.

                                                                                                                                                              2. re: ricepad

                                                                                                                                                                Given Stockton's fiscal troubles I'm guessing the city gubmint is bartering with asparagus these days rather than trading greenbacks.

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: ricepad

                                                                                                                                                                  Since I actually live between Stockton and Lodi, I should also have mentioned wine, too...Lodi is developing quite a reputation amongst oenophiles.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Chatsworth

                                                                                                                                                                    Excellent farmers market you have there, Chatsworth. A bit of a schlep for us to go regularly but we try to get there a couple of times a year.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Harters

                                                                                                                                                                      One of my earliest memories is watching the cattle auction there. Unfortunately, the same day I lost my favourite stuffed animal (starts with "golly" but can't say the whole name any more due to political correctness) and have not been able to view the market with total fondness since then.

                                                                                                                                                                  2. Oysters, okonomiyaki, anago (sea eel), sardines and a few other small fish, octopus, sazae (turban shell), a local style of tsukemen (noodles), shirunashi tantanmen (Japanese take on Sichuan dandanmian), lemons, fugu, many kinds of offal meats.

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                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Bada Bing

                                                                                                                                                                          LOL... maybe if he or she lives at the Mitsuwa Marketplace in Edgewater, NJ.

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: drongo

                                                                                                                                                                            somehow the list sounded more exotic than New Jersey. :)

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: E Eto

                                                                                                                                                                        It's obvious to me that Mr. Eto is in Hiroshima, Japan. Their version of okonomiyaki is light years ahead of all others. They are truly famous for oysters as well.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Tripeler

                                                                                                                                                                          My brother spent time in Hiroshima while he was in the Marines. He raved about the culinary delights he found there, including many home cooked meals.

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Tripeler

                                                                                                                                                                            Here's an example of killing two birds with one stone.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: E Eto

                                                                                                                                                                              Wow that look good. Now I see what my brother was talking about!

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: E Eto

                                                                                                                                                                                That is seriously good looking chow, and a great photo, too! So is that okonomiyaki with oysters atop?

                                                                                                                                                                                Edit p.s.: it's somehow looking less like New Jersey food now, but not so much as one might have thought. The touch of fresh healthful green garnish is what make it seem to be from elsewhere.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: E Eto

                                                                                                                                                                                  Great photo, Eto-san. There is a very good place here in Tokyo making Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki, but they always put the oysters inside, not on top.

                                                                                                                                                                            2. I currently live in Southeast Missouri. Our food is highly influenced by German immigrants, mostly Saxon Lutherans, so family and community functions see a lot of blatzkuchen (a thin, cinnamon-sugar pastry), cooked cheese, and kettle beef.

                                                                                                                                                                              In Southern Illinois, where I grew up, pork burgers were popular and quite tasty. I haven't had a pork burger since I crossed the river, however.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. Just a few miles from here, the closest town to where I live, Kennett Square, PA is the self-proclaimed "Mushroom Capital of the World."

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                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: CindyJ

                                                                                                                                                                                  Does that proclamation draw a lot of old brightly painted schoolbuses full of stoners "looking for 'shrooms, man"?

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Tripeler

                                                                                                                                                                                    No. Head south about 600-700 miles.

                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: CindyJ

                                                                                                                                                                                    Bricco in Harrisburg makes the most amazing Kennett Square Mishroom pizza.

                                                                                                                                                                                  3. San Francisco: obviously a foodie destination...but nothing like a batch of freshly made tamales from Dolores Park.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      Dolores Park? Never heard of her...


                                                                                                                                                                                    2. If "your" town can be the town I grew up in/spent the first 14 years of my life, than that town would be Erfurt/Germany which is famous for the Fava bean, which simply grew ( still grows) very well in that region ( along with Watercress). Actually, if you are born in Erfurt, you are an "Erfurter Puffbohne", and you can call yourself that proudly, in dialect of course....:-)
                                                                                                                                                                                      Having lived a long time in NJ I am a bit removed from that name, but it still brings a smile to my face when it is mentioned.
                                                                                                                                                                                      If you google Erfurter Puffbohne, you will get quite an eyeful!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: RUK

                                                                                                                                                                                        I bet "Erfurter Puffbohne" counts as fighting words in Jersey!

                                                                                                                                                                                      2. smoked monkey meat. (p.s. it really isn;t monkey meat but don't tell the tourists)

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                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: genoO

                                                                                                                                                                                          Nor is dolphin really dolphin in Miami, FL. I only learned that years later.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: silleehillee

                                                                                                                                                                                            Flipper. The other white meat.

                                                                                                                                                                                            Still to be found in cans not marked "Dolphin Free".

                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Montreal. Smoked meat. No, it is NOT pastrami. And poutine, of course.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Pittsburgh. Caviar, Lobster. Fresh seafood.

                                                                                                                                                                                            I kid, I kid.

                                                                                                                                                                                            Primantis sandwiches an' at. (overrated) Eastern European focused foods ( I travel alot and get a chance to eat at many good restaurants but the best thing I have eaten in the last 6 months was my mom's suffed cabbage trust me on this...) and things like kielbasa, sausages.

                                                                                                                                                                                            Oh....and that lamb you may have eaten at French Laundary or places of that regard....yeah, it is from here and some stores carry Elysian Fields lamb.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Owtahear

                                                                                                                                                                                              Olde Frothingslosh Beer, chip chop ham sandwiches, the Klondike Bar, the O's French fries, Weiner World. Even I who was only there 7 years can do better than Primanti's grease bomb.

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Owtahear

                                                                                                                                                                                                Isaly's . I.Shall. Always.Love.You.Sweetheart.

                                                                                                                                                                                                Chipped chopped ham. Whitehouse Cherry Ice Cream

                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Boston:

                                                                                                                                                                                                Boston Cream Pie
                                                                                                                                                                                                Boston Baked Beans
                                                                                                                                                                                                Baked Schrod
                                                                                                                                                                                                Parker House Rolls
                                                                                                                                                                                                Sam Adams Beer
                                                                                                                                                                                                Marshmallow Fluff (technically, Somerville, but close enough)
                                                                                                                                                                                                Necco Wafers
                                                                                                                                                                                                Prince Spaghetti Day :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Mullet (the fish). And the related festival.


                                                                                                                                                                                                  Click the link and you'll understand why I don't live in my hometown anymore.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. I live in Ottawa ON Canada. It has been said that we have more shawarma joints than any other place in the Western world. It is far and away the most popular fast food in Ottawa. We are also well know for our Beaver Tails (more like a doughnut than a protein).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: ddueck

                                                                                                                                                                                                        In certain company, saying beaver tail may get you something far afield from a doughnut or a beaver's actual tail :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. I am from Chicagoland originally so you can probably guess. Our family ate a lot of pierogies, potato pancakes & good polish sausage from Maruszczak's.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        I am currently in Central IL again. I know they have something called a Horseshoe around here & then a smaller Ponyshoe. I have never tried it though.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. My city is famous for peaches, Muscat grapes and a Pastry called Kibi dango

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: TeRReT

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Big fan of the shiromomo.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            As an aside, have you been to a sushi place there called Kame (turtle) Sushi?

                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. +1 to Ester Price over Anthony Thomas.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I currently reside in C-bus. We are know for Jeni's ice cream, but in late September early October people lose their mind buying up Melrose and Suncrisp apples.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            We also have the sauerkraut and pumpkin festival near by and much like the rest of Ohio, Amish cheese is big here.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Gastronomos

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Out here they actually go for white. I like red myself.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: coll

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      *they* can go for whatever *they* want. I like potato soup and it's sometimes ok with clam seasoning, but the clam chowder with a clam taste comes in the form of red.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      if only we can find a source, outside of my own kitchen, that knows enough to NEVER include carrots in any form and the secret ingredient is Thyme. ;-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Gastronomos

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The thyme is a given, the main flavoring. Don't think I've ever seen Manhattan Clam without carrot though. Including my own!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        If you ever get up to Nova Scotia, they may change your mind about Chowda, at least temporarily.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: coll

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Nova Scotia, maybe. It was a 9 week stint in Boston and the surrounding environs that turned me off to the potato soup with clam seasoning. One version worse than the next. To prove myself wrong, I came home from that work trip and embarked on making large pots of New England style Chowdah. Yeah, homemade is always better......... ;-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          and as for carrots, the secret beyond thyme, which is more often missing than not, is that proper Manhattan Clam Chowder does not use a mirepoix, but rather a holy trinity.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          a secret to all good seafood cookery. the sweet carrot already taken care of by extra onion and the green pepper seafoods best friend.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          another example is stuffed clams. without a bit of holy trinity would be something awful I am not so sure I would like to try...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Gastronomos

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            OMG I hate green pepper in clam chowder....hot peppers I can tolerate in moderation.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Stuffed clams should primarily be clams, usually a whole one for me. A sprinkle of breadcrumbs, olive oil and flavor, that's it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: coll

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              LOL. I've had some terrible versions, coll. huge chunks of overcooked bell pepper, carrots, etc. the green bell pepper is a seasoning, not a bulking agent, like carrots.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              it is a very misrepresented dish for sure.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              that is why so many default to the potato soup with clam flavouring.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Gastronomos

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I think that's a regional choice (white vs red), a rule that can't be broken in essence, depending on where you are.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Upisland I'd be shocked to order clam chowder without a qualifier and get served creamy style. It's just not done!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: coll

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  In my region it's neither white or red...it's CLEAR...and gives the true essence of clam.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: JayL

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Rhode Island? Clear is best, but you gotta know what you're doing to make it ;-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I make fish chowder "clear"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: Gastronomos

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              So let me get this straight: what you kept getting in Boston was the white stuff that was so thick it retained the impression of the ladle in the bowl, correct?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sounds like you kept going to the tourist spots.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Jenny Ondioline

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                First couple of weeks, yes. Then I met some locals.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Good stuff. But I'm Mediterranean, raised outside of NYC and favor tomato bases.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I still make white clam chowdah at home every once I'm a while, but yeah, that wall paper paste you serve the tourists should be banned. I do still like RI chowder. No tomato, no cream/milk. Just the clam chowder. Much like I make my fish chowder.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. My hometown is Douglas, Az. It is on the Mexican border and the New Mexican border. I've not lived there since I was a kid. It is probably something Mexican.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I lived in Plattsburgh, NY during my teens and pretty much until 31. There were a few other places during that time. Michigan Hot Dogs or Red Hots. You can Google them up.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I live in Bloomington, IN right now. I cannot think of anything in particular but In Indiana Tenderlion (pork schnitzel) is very popular.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Cincinnati chilli ("greek" style, served over spaghetti with beans and/or onions and mounds of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    orange shredded cheese) and Greaters ice cream.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. I'd say grouper for the costal towns of Tampa Bay

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. I live midway between Rochester and Syracuse NY. I am very grateful to have a Dinosaur Barbeque in each town. Been going since 1988 about 6 months after Syracuse opened. They do it right.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Schenectady: Mike's Hot dogs apparently.