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Famous Regional Food you find embarrassing or disgusting?

I stumbled across a thread that mentioned Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale as the best beer ever and just rolled my eyes. As a Kentuckian, I hardly know a soul who drinks it - it just seems to me to be a touristy thing, and an expensive one at that. I'm not trying to yuck anyone's yum (there are certainly people who enjoy that beer, and good for them), but are there any foods or beverages your area is famous for that you can't stand? Visiting relatives beg for it while you gag?

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    1. re: viperlush

      wait, can we discuss? what's disgusting about lobster?

      I'm hardpressed to think of a new england regional foodstuff that i don't like. i even like rhode island clam chowder!

        1. re: Bob W

          So weird, i was just talking about moxie this weekend when we were at a place on the cape that served it. i don't think i hate it, but i probably wouldn't seek it out. so i could probably do without. teddy ballgame liked it, right? (or at least shilled for it, iirc). it's like robitussin without the robotrip.....

              1. re: Bob W

                Moxie is great. Especially when you can get the limited edition 1960's recipe in the glass bottles each summer from the Moxie museum in Union Maine.

              2. re: eLizard

                Nothing in particular. Just not a fan of the taste or texture. It wasn't something I grew up eating. So I guess the thrill of getting cheap lobsters and lobster based dishes doesnt do it for me.

                But send me to the Eastern Shore and I will gladly eat anything with crab.

                1. re: viperlush

                  In my house, Dungeness crab trumps lobster every single time.

                  1. re: jpc8015

                    FYI: Jacques Cousteau loved all varieties of seafood - except crab. When once asked about his crab aversion, he replied, "I work down zehr. I see what zay eat."
                    CP

                        1. re: emglow101

                          I'll see you 200 and raise two fat back fins off a big fat fresh blue crab. I prefer them warm with butter and a little Cajun seasonings.

                          1. re: James Cristinian

                            I'm all in. Two large claws and the body meat, with drawn butter and crab cakes.

                      1. re: jpc8015

                        I'm with you. I have eaten a few lobster and I just don't get the craving that many people have for them. Id much rather have many varieties of crab or even a fried cod dinner instead of that aquatic cockroach that we call an Atlantic lobster.

                        They seem tasteless to me.

                        1. re: Kelli2006

                          I feel the same way about stone crab. When I lived in Florida, stone crab was quite raved about and sold almost everywhere. I think it's wrong to just eat one part of an animal, and much prefer other types of crab that are fully intact, and not purposely declawed.

                          1. re: abfan105

                            You do know that the rest of the crab is tossed back into the water so it can grow another claw, right? It's not like finning sharks - the crab survives the procedure.

                        1. re: viperlush

                          Funny, I'm the exact opposite. Crab cakes, softshells, U steam and pick; OK but nothing to go out of my way for.

                        2. re: eLizard

                          pfff lobster - it's just 19th c. prison food...

                          1. re: hill food

                            I recall it was Coco Channel who turned it into haute cuisine, not so? (Whoever....thank you!!!)
                            CP

                          2. re: eLizard

                            Is that the not-creamy kind? I loved that.

                          3. re: viperlush

                            having grown up on Cape Cod, I do give in to the occaisional lobster, but 2 that will never pass my lips:

                            Herring Roe (or any herring for that matter)
                            Bluefish

                            Closer to home today, while I like the redbugs, a crab whatever leaves me cold

                            1. re: FriedClamFanatic

                              I guess you've just never had a good preparation of herring.

                              My friend who runs a great sushi restaurant in Rockland, ME recently got hold of fresh herring and lightly marinated/pickled them in a sake/vinegar brine and served as sashimi. Out of this world!

                              Also grilled or battered, fried herring are great.

                              1. re: FriedClamFanatic

                                It is so interesting how ones yuck is another's yum. I ate smoked blue fish at every opportunity when spending time on block island. Yet I hate many of my regional favorites others enjoy.

                              1. re: grampart

                                Gaaah! Yes, a thousand times yes! We used to live in Northern KY, so I'd also like to add Goetta.

                                1. re: NonnieMuss

                                  Couldn't help but noticing that the 2nd and 3rd entries come from around Cincinnati....

                                  1. re: NonnieMuss

                                    Native No. Kentuckian, but I cannot stand either goetta or grits. (Grew up near Cincy, where goetta is king.)

                                    1. re: grampart

                                      Even worse than Cincinnati chili in Cincinnati is seeing some diner near where I live outside of Cincinnati promoting how they serve "authentic" Cincinnati chili.

                                      No thank you.

                                      1. re: cresyd

                                        and all that spaghetti on the floor in some of the places, gotta be a lawsuit waiting to happen.

                                      2. re: grampart

                                        I lived in Cincinnati for about five years. It's where I learned to love chili. Nothing replaces it. If you dont care for it, more for me! Thank you!

                                        1. re: Fydeaux

                                          Agreed--when we moved west, relatives used to send me packets of Skyline Cincinnati chili powder mix.

                                          "Chili parlors" are the first food places I hit when we return to the area. (Then Graeter's.)

                                          1. re: pine time

                                            Hell yes to Graeter's. I even liked it before Oprah!

                                            1. re: NonnieMuss

                                              Oh, heavens yes, before Oprah. Downtown Cincinnati, on 4th, when I was in h.s. And that's been 100 years ago!

                                        2. re: grampart

                                          For those of us in the - Cincinnati Chili is Gross camp - what do you do when visitors really want to try it and in particular want to go to Skyline (where there really aren't so many other food options of note)?

                                          I went with a friend once (who knew of my distaste and thus found the situation hilarious), but usually encourage things like "this is a great option for you at X time when you're doing something not with me".

                                          1. re: grampart

                                            Never had it but sounds awesome to me. What's wrong with it?

                                            1. re: joonjoon

                                              nothings really wrong with it, it's just not what most think of as 'chili' (although good luck nailing down a definitive of THAT and later we can chase a greased pig around the yard)

                                              1. re: hill food

                                                In addition to that it's also definitely within the category of gut-bomb diner food. And if that version of 'gut-bomb diner food' isn't your cup of tea, it doesn't really leave you feeling so fantastic post meal.

                                                Pancakes aren't my #1 favorite food in the world, but if I'm in a situation where are pancakes the meal - I can partake and not feel later "why on earth did I do that". Cincinnati chili - not so much.

                                            2. Close to disgusting - sweet tea. For the life of me, I don't understand why even McDs is now serving it. Blech.

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                                              1. re: c oliver

                                                Really? Do you drink iced tea unsweetened? Or are you saying most sweet tea is just too sweet?

                                                1. re: carolinadawg

                                                  I grew up in Atlanta and nobody in my family fixed sweet tea. Unsweetened with lemon.

                                                  1. re: c oliver

                                                    I order iced tea half & half with lemon.

                                                    1. re: c oliver

                                                      I do half and half, but unsweetened just isn't palatable to me.

                                                          1. re: Jay F

                                                            Well, a half and half tea at my club is half tea, half lemonade.

                                                            I am guessing it has different ingredients other places.

                                                            1. re: cleobeach

                                                              That's called an Arnold Palmer in W. Pa.

                                                                1. re: Jay F

                                                                  And he was smart enough to start bottling it! (or license it or whatever his arrangement is)

                                                                  I wonder if it is an old-style golf course drink?

                                                                  1. re: cleobeach

                                                                    I don't know. It may be from the Latrobe CC. I've always heard it's simply what he likes to drink.

                                                                  2. re: Jay F

                                                                    Half sweet half unsweet. Very common request here in GA.

                                                              1. re: Jay F

                                                                Hi Jay,

                                                                I agree that iced should just be tea that's cold, or iced. Thing is, I drink my hot tea sweetened. So my iced tea is just the same. That seems only natural.

                                                                But "sweetened tea" and "sweet tea" are two different animals. "Sweet tea" is too sweet for me. I'm a half and half girl.

                                                                1. re: DuffyH

                                                                  I don't drink anything "sweet" or "sweetened." None in coffee, tea (before or after), hot or cold, nor do I drink soda or juice, except sometimes Coke w/delivery pizza. I guess I prefer to eat my sugar rather than drink it.

                                                                2. re: Jay F

                                                                  I drink an enormous amount of hot tea, and I love it unadulterated.

                                                                  The southern sweettea thing is just a way to consume caffeine and sugar as much and as quickly as possible!

                                                                  1. re: sandylc

                                                                    I think you're right, Sandy. And I'd so much rather *eat* dessert.

                                                                    1. re: sandylc

                                                                      Hi Sandy,

                                                                      Southern sweet tea is way too sweet. Half and half is a very common request in restaurants.

                                                                  2. re: c oliver

                                                                    Do you find that iced tea sometimes tastes of ... [wait for it]
                                                                    green peas?

                                                                    I've learned that "old tea" will taste like peas. Much more noticeable in unsweetened.

                                                                    1. re: Kris in Beijing

                                                                      What is "old tea"??? :) It never stays around very long. I pretty much don't like sweet drinks. I don't find it thirst quenching and when I drink iced tea, it's to quench my thirst.

                                                                      1. re: c oliver

                                                                        I used to work retain at a mall and the Food Court places would give mall employees free refills on the day of purchase.
                                                                        I'd start my day [usually 8 a.m.] with a LG tea-- it was often Old Tea in the metal urn from yesterday.

                                                                    2. re: c oliver

                                                                      If I accidentally take a drink of sweet tea, I find myself trying to spit it out almost before my brain has quite registered what it is. Something vile and unholy to me about the taste of any sweetened tea- black, green, any kind. I don't know why.

                                                                    3. Banana pudding is about the only southern regional "specialty" that I don't really enjoy.

                                                                      1. Peameal bacon sandwich - not embarrassing or disgusting, just meh. Just read a yelp review from a visitor to Toronto: "salty meat on a dry bun". Yup, that about covers it.

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