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Famous foods from your region you find tasty and delicious.

NonnieMuss has a great topic about foods from your region that are embarrassing and disgusting. I had nothing to say living in California. I'm sure you can come up with plenty. But on the other hand we have a lot of great foods. What are foods from your region that you are proud of, and nobody does it better ?

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    1. re: PHREDDY

      NJ is pretty good for these too!

      NJ subs are the best!

        1. re: jbsiegel

          Many of the bagels and some of the pizza in NJ is good... but much is awful (and the same applies to NYC also, lol).

          (I've lived variously in Manhattan and the northern part of NJ for over 25 years, and have had the good, bad & ugly.)

          1. re: drongo

            Yep...we certainly have our share of Dunkin' Donuts with their "bagels"...

        2. re: PHREDDY

          I miss Bagels, every sunday growing up there was a hot crusty bag of bagles and a New York Times on the kitchen table - one of the simple pleasures of Home.

          1. re: JTPhilly

            when our bunch was young and single, Sunday morning was lox and bagels, a pot of coffee, a pitcher of Bloody Marys, and the NYT around the pool.

            Sometimes we found our way back to the apartment before dinnertime.

            1. re: JTPhilly

              You know, I am still in NYC...and have bagels and lox about once every two months...and read the NYT on line every Sunday morning...I guess I have still have not grown up...but I love mees bages and lox...

              1. re: PHREDDY

                There is an excellent soup and sandwich stop down the street that has pretty good bagels (by Philly standards and only "everything") and make a lox bagel with an obscene amount of lox (like maybe nobody orders it so a whole package goes on) - it is one of my occasional weekend indulgences. I do the times online but can't justify the actual paper but I do miss a hot bag of bagels and inky fingers from passing sections of the paper around the breakfast table.

          2. In Philly area. Obvious choices include hoagies (NEVER subs, heros, etc) and cheesesteaks. When I worked in Philly, my "breakfast" (almost every day) was a philly soft pretzel... maybe 5-10 secs in microwave and slathered with brown (or yellow) mustard... basically same as a bagel?? Pork roll (Taylor "ham") sandwich on a Kaiser roll.

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            1. re: kseiverd

              Agreed with all of these. And let me add scrapple and Bassett's ice cream.

              ETA: And Utz chips.

              1. re: kseiverd

                Don't overlook mushrooms -- many different varieties -- fresh from the mushroom houses in the Kennett Square area.

              2. My native state (KY): country ham, biscuits and gravy.
                My adopted state (CA): Haas avocados in anything; CA wine, fish tacos.

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                1. re: pine time

                  Fresh Gulf of Mexico seafood!

                  Pine Time, friend of mine used to live in CA and had avocado trees in her backyard. Mmmmm, I would LOVE that!

                  1. re: chloebell

                    Only reason we haven't planted avocado tree is because of our severe drought. However, a friend has an avocado "farm"--heaven.

                    1. re: pine time

                      Oh my, I would be the size of that farm barn if I lived there. lol!

                    2. re: chloebell

                      When I was a kid, we had several avocado trees in the back yard... they were HUGE (30-40 ft high) and so we were deluged -- by far the majority of the avocadoes rotted on the ground. It was a shock to me later in my life to have to PAY for avocadoes!

                      1. re: drongo

                        I hate to pay for lemons. (Californian also, but I don't have a lemon tree right now, and have to beg friends for their extra lemons.)

                  2. My home state of NJ: Tomatoes and sweet corn
                    My current home in Georgia: Peaches

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                      1. re: Jerseygirl111

                        Actually, I get mine from Alabama and I wouldn't be surprised if some of my peaches were grown in South Carolina.

                        1. re: grampart

                          Oy. Just heard on the radio the State of Georgia is looking for a new ad campaign for its pecans.

                          How about Vidalia onions?

                    1. Plenty in Chicago, but the things I would miss that a lot of ppl might not know, or are overlooked:

                      Combo with hot giardiniera

                      Tavern style thin crust pizza (deep dish and stuffed pizza are for tourists)

                      There is CRAZY good Mexican food here. A lot of my L.A. hound friends bee line it for Mexican food when they get in town. The taqueria choices are endless, and some of them are insanely good. Sure, there's plenty of crappy ones, too.

                      Rib Tips / hot links from an Aquarium smoker joint.

                      GArrett's popcorn. Chicago Mix. Heaven in a bag.

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                      1. re: gordeaux

                        As a nearly lifelong Chicagoan, and having frequented the original Malnati's since it opened, deep dish is definitely not just for tourists. We also have a favorite spot for tavern-style as well as another spot for NY style and still another for Neapolitan. Oh and another 4 or 5 other places if we happen to be nearby. They're all delicious.

                        1. re: ferret

                          I'll concede to the Lou's deep dish, because I have a fondness for a Lou's once in a long while when they are done correctly. But, a Lou's extra thin still trumps a Lou's deep 90% of the time, imo. Leaving out the other styles (NY, and Neo,) what is your preference when getting a pie without out-of-towners? Tavern, DD, or Stuft? I, and everyone I know, will say Tavern. Do I know everyone in the city? No. Not at all. Just my 2 cents for the thread. Most of the folks I know do say that DD and stuft are for tourists.

                          1. re: gordeaux

                            I really don't look at it that way. They're different things for different moods.

                        2. re: gordeaux

                          Agree about mexican in Chicago. That is my first order of business when I go there.

                          1. re: gordeaux

                            My east/west coast friends don't believe me when I talk about the Mexican food in Chicago. I fully believe that Chicago's Mexican food is on par with what you can get in LA. Not the shiny Bayless joints, but the down home westside eateries.

                            Agree on the Italian beef sandwich with hot giardiniera. This is the Chicago food that deserves to be nationally famous. But maybe it's a blessing in disguise. It would be a shame if it got bastardized in the way of the Philly cheeseteak.