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Favorite Regional Foods In The US  
User currently offlineMD-90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 8502 posts, RR: 12
Posted (10 years 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1697 times:

Not to exclude the Euros, but what are your favorite foods that certain regions of the US are known for doing well?

For me, fried chicken (KFC sucks, the real thing is made at home) and biscuits are two of my favorites from the South. I should also add homemade peach ice cream, because Alabama has some wonderful peach growers farther south of us.

Chicago for deep dish pizza (I suppose, since I've never been to Chicago), Maine for lobster, Louisiana and Mobile for crawfish boils, etc.

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User currently offlineNormalSpeed From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (10 years 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1685 times:

I like a good lobster ("lobstah") roll now and then.

'Speed


User currently offlineBen From Switzerland, joined Aug 1999, 1391 posts, RR: 51
Reply 2, posted (10 years 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1680 times:

First, the New Orleans specific dishes - sorry I can't think of their names at the moment, it was a long time ago. They are really something special. It's nice to get away from the homogenous fast food and restaurants with no soul that are common in the USA. But then, New Orleans is an oasis in a desert for so many reasons, not just food. I was there for Mardi Gras in 1999.

Second is the real maple syrup from up north, not the 'Camp' brand (and similar ones) which are 95% corn syrup anyway.

[Edited 2004-06-28 14:18:45]

User currently offlineMD-90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 8502 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (10 years 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1676 times:

I was sort of surprised the first time I went a McDonalds in Mass and they had a lobster sandwich thing (which I did not try).

LL Bean has good maple syrup, although I prefer sorghum, myself.

[Edited 2004-06-28 14:18:36]

User currently offlineMYT332 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 9112 posts, RR: 71
Reply 4, posted (10 years 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1670 times:

Im rather fond of the Cialini sausage of NY.

Signed
Well Hung



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User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (10 years 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 1661 times:

Louisiana seafood - shrimp, crap cakes, langoustines, gumbo - mmmmm ! Restaurants in NO were really good, certainly all the ones I went to.

Texas - steaks, barbeque - excellent. TexMex - excellent.

San Francisco - Chinese food, dim sum - went on a cook's tour of Chinatown with a Chinese chef, it was really good, very interesting.

Boston - clam chowdah, served in a sourdough loaf-bowl. Went to a little place in Cape Cod (can't remember where, the clam chowder was magic)


User currently offlineGarnetpalmetto From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 5347 posts, RR: 53
Reply 6, posted (10 years 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1663 times:

*Brace yourselves folks, because this don't happen often and may be one of the signs of the Apocalypse*

I'll agree with MD-90. I don't know if it's being born in the South or what, but every now and again I'll just get an overpowering urge for one of two meals:

1) Homemade fried chicken with hot buttered biscuits and a bowl of peach ice cream or peach cobbler a'la mode

2)Barbeque with some steak fries and a slice of watermelon

I know most of us are looking at regions of the nation, but I'd like to quickly look at regions of South Carolina when it comes to barbeque. Contrary to popular belief, not all barbeque is created equal. In Texas for example, barbeque means brisket, just as it's ribs in Kansas City. Here in South Carolina, it's pulled pork. Along with that though, there are three "regions" within South Carolina with their own unique sauces. Within the Upstate region (GSP for instance), tomato/catsup-based sauces are predominant. Within the Midlands of the State (CAE for instance), mustard-based sauces prevail, as demonstrated by Maurice's Carolina Gold sauce. And, within the state's Low Country, vinegar-pepper sauces are found most often. That being said, my regional favorites:

The Acadia region of Louisiana - any and all of it. Dirty rice, chicken and sausage jambalaya, tasso...I love it all equally.

The Southwest - Tex/Mex cuisine is another big favorite of mine

The South - Memphis-style barbeque. Ribs with a wet sauce can't be beat, especially the smoky catsup-based reds.



South Carolina - too small to be its own country, too big to be a mental asylum.
User currently offlineLHMark From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 7255 posts, RR: 47
Reply 7, posted (10 years 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1649 times:

here in Crapchester, we still have our trusty Garbage Plates.


"Sympathy is something that shouldn't be bestowed on the Yankees. Apparently it angers them." - Bob Feller
User currently offlineFlyCMH From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 2277 posts, RR: 10
Reply 8, posted (10 years 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1647 times:

Cincinnati chili, hands down. Everyone knows Skyline, but if you go to Cincy, you'll see chili parlors just about everywhere. Camp Washington Chili is supposed to be the best around; I still haven't had the chance to try it though.

User currently offlineKBUF737 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 779 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (10 years 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1640 times:

"here in Crapchester, we still have our trusty Garbage Plates."

LH Mark, for those of us who aren't from the vast tundra of Upstate, perhpas you should fill them in on what a garbage plate consists of. BTW, Nick Tahoe's cannot be beat for that.

In Buffalo it is all about the chicken wing. Next time any of you are in town, or up in Niagara Falls, hop on a train or take the drive to Buffalo. Two places for the best wings. There is the original: Frank and Teresa's Anchor Bar, on the corner of Best and Main about 10 blocks from the downtown district. There is also Duff's which is over by my stomping grounds in Amherst (Safest City in America by the way) on the corner of Millersport Highway and Sheridan Drive. Both have awesome wings, I prefer Duff's a little more though. The secret? Frank's Hot Sauce. Great stuff.

Besides our chicken wing we also have Beef on Weck. Perhaps one of the most tasty sandwiches on the planet. Its basically a few slices of tender roast beef carved up and served on a kimmelwick roll (a roll with lots of salt and rye seeds on top) with lots of au jus and topped off with horseradish! yum!

Heart attacks are waiting with both of these dishes but they sure are worth it. To try every once in a while. Oh best places for Beef on Weck? Charlie the Butcher's on Cayuga Drive and Werhle, right by the airport off the end of RWY 14. Regis himself has raved about this place. Even Clinton had the stuff before he went back to Washington after a brief visit. But yeah thats the place to go.. so if you think Buffalo has nothing to offer, come on up for our food sometime.



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User currently offlineKROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (10 years 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1634 times:

Too bad Crapchester has better Buffalo Wings than Buffalo does.

User currently offlineAlpha 1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (10 years 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1627 times:

crap cakes

ROTFLMAO! I knew Loosiana was kind of strange, but is this something like chiterlings?  Laugh out loud


User currently offlineN312RC From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 2682 posts, RR: 16
Reply 12, posted (10 years 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 1620 times:

Michigan food:

Pasties
Vernor's Ginger Ale
Faygo Soda
Sanders delicacies (fudge, cakes, candy)
Mackinac Island Fudge (Rybas!)
Kowalski meats
Paczki (and Fat Tuesday)
Better Made Potato Chips
Halo Burger!!
Big Boy Restaurants
"Coney Island" hot dogs




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User currently offlineConcordeBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (10 years 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 1609 times:

Being from the Culinary Capital of the South... it's tough for me to get excited about food from most other places in the nation.

However, I'm rather fond of TexMex, and some good ole sauce-drowned ribs.


User currently offlineLHMark From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 7255 posts, RR: 47
Reply 14, posted (10 years 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 1607 times:

How to eat a Nick Tahou's Garbage Plate


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User currently offlineMdsh00 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4124 posts, RR: 8
Reply 15, posted (10 years 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 1602 times:

In LA

Southwestern Style Mexican food is great.

Going with the Southern style in S. California...Roscoe's House of Chicken n' Waffles  Big thumbs up.



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User currently offlineGarnetpalmetto From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 5347 posts, RR: 53
Reply 16, posted (10 years 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 1599 times:

, but is this something like chiterlings?

Alpha, NOBODY refers to them as "chiterlings" except for "furners." They're "chitlins"



South Carolina - too small to be its own country, too big to be a mental asylum.
User currently offlineConcordeBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (10 years 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 1592 times:

Also, make sure you're speaking of Chit'lins*, and not Tripe* by mistake  Big grin



*two of the only three foods on Earth that I will never so much as even try; and that's coming from someone who's eaten everything from Rat to Giraffe to Rattlesnake  Wow!


User currently offlinePROSA From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5628 posts, RR: 5
Reply 18, posted (10 years 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 1589 times:

In a few towns in central Connecticut, steamed cheeseburgers are very popular.
They may sound sort of gross, but they're terrific. The cheese becomes blended with the meat in a way that cannot be duplicated with any other cooking method.



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User currently offlineJAL777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (10 years 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 1589 times:

I like good New England clam chowder and there's this restaurant in Harlem that serves fried chicken and waffles.  Smile

User currently offlineKROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (10 years 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 1581 times:

Isn't Roscoe's Fried Chicken and Waffels in Los Angeles? I guess Harlem could have one too.

User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7759 posts, RR: 16
Reply 21, posted (10 years 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 1580 times:

Chicago style hot dogs. A nice big Vienna Beef dog, on a poppy seed Rosen's Rye bun, with plenty of mustard, celery salt, and a kosher dill pickle (on the dog, not on the side).

My other favorite is Sonoran-Style Mexican food, especially from the dive Mexican joints in Phoenix and Tucson.



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User currently offlineNormalSpeed From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (10 years 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 1562 times:

"I was sort of surprised the first time I went a McDonalds in Mass and they had a lobster sandwich thing (which I did not try)."

Yeah, McD's is not best place for lobstah rolls.

'Speed




User currently offlineFlight152 From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 3384 posts, RR: 6
Reply 23, posted (10 years 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1558 times:

Too bad Crapchester has better Buffalo Wings than Buffalo does.

Wishful thinking KROC.

KBUF-- Where are you in Buffalo? I'm in the East Amherst area..


User currently offlineCadet985 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 1551 posts, RR: 4
Reply 24, posted (10 years 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1551 times:

In Philadelphia, there are two foods that come to mind: Philly Cheesesteaks, and Tastykakes. I couldn't live without the cheesesteaks  Smile.

Marc


25 Post contains images MD-90 : Garnetpalmetto knows the good stuff. I will also say that Texas bbq is good, but the best has to have a good tomato-based sauce that's slightly sweet.
26 Superfly : I am a total pig, I eat everything! New England: Clam chowder Midwest: Chicago style pizza is the best pizza in the world. I dare any New Yorker say o
27 Ren41 : Boston: -I have to agree with 'Speed, lobster rolls are great here especially at Legal Sea Foods. -Clam Chowder of course -Fried Clams Seafood is pret
28 STT757 : New Jersey= Pizza The Pizza they sell in NYC is not as good, it's for tourists. Philadelphia= Cheesesteaks! Boston= THE BEST CHOWDER!.. Buffalo= Buffa
29 STT757 : A couple more.. Bagels.. The only real bagels come from NYC/New Jersey Italian Bread, It's sad what people in this Country outside NYC/New Jersey will
30 KL642 : New York City Pizza. It is the best. Also egg creams, Drake's cakes, bagels and bialys. Pickles from Gus' on the Lower East Side.
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