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Favorite Regional Foods In The US

Mon Jun 28, 2004 7:06 pm

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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RE: Favorite Regional Foods In The US

Mon Jun 28, 2004 9:06 pm

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

'Speed
 
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RE: Favorite Regional Foods In The US

Mon Jun 28, 2004 9:14 pm

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.

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RE: Favorite Regional Foods In The US

Mon Jun 28, 2004 9:17 pm

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]
 
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RE: Favorite Regional Foods In The US

Mon Jun 28, 2004 9:20 pm

Im rather fond of the Cialini sausage of NY.

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RE: Favorite Regional Foods In The US

Mon Jun 28, 2004 10:12 pm

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)
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RE: Favorite Regional Foods In The US

Mon Jun 28, 2004 10:37 pm

*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.
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RE: Favorite Regional Foods In The US

Mon Jun 28, 2004 11:42 pm

here in Crapchester, we still have our trusty Garbage Plates.
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RE: Favorite Regional Foods In The US

Mon Jun 28, 2004 11:50 pm

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.
 
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RE: Favorite Regional Foods In The US

Tue Jun 29, 2004 12:24 am

"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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RE: Favorite Regional Foods In The US

Tue Jun 29, 2004 12:33 am

Too bad Crapchester has better Buffalo Wings than Buffalo does.
 
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RE: Favorite Regional Foods In The US

Tue Jun 29, 2004 12:48 am

crap cakes

ROTFLMAO! I knew Loosiana was kind of strange, but is this something like chiterlings?  Laugh out loud
 
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RE: Favorite Regional Foods In The US

Tue Jun 29, 2004 1:37 am

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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RE: Favorite Regional Foods In The US

Tue Jun 29, 2004 2:29 am

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.
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RE: Favorite Regional Foods In The US

Tue Jun 29, 2004 2:32 am

"Sympathy is something that shouldn't be bestowed on the Yankees. Apparently it angers them." - Bob Feller
 
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RE: Favorite Regional Foods In The US

Tue Jun 29, 2004 2:41 am

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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RE: Favorite Regional Foods In The US

Tue Jun 29, 2004 2:58 am

, but is this something like chiterlings?

Alpha, NOBODY refers to them as "chiterlings" except for "furners." They're "chitlins"
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RE: Favorite Regional Foods In The US

Tue Jun 29, 2004 3:03 am

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!
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RE: Favorite Regional Foods In The US

Tue Jun 29, 2004 3:06 am

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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RE: Favorite Regional Foods In The US

Tue Jun 29, 2004 3:06 am

I like good New England clam chowder and there's this restaurant in Harlem that serves fried chicken and waffles.  Smile
 
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RE: Favorite Regional Foods In The US

Tue Jun 29, 2004 3:17 am

Isn't Roscoe's Fried Chicken and Waffels in Los Angeles? I guess Harlem could have one too.
 
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RE: Favorite Regional Foods In The US

Tue Jun 29, 2004 3:21 am

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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RE: Favorite Regional Foods In The US

Tue Jun 29, 2004 4:22 am

"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


 
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RE: Favorite Regional Foods In The US

Tue Jun 29, 2004 4:44 am

Too bad Crapchester has better Buffalo Wings than Buffalo does.

Wishful thinking KROC.

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RE: Favorite Regional Foods In The US

Tue Jun 29, 2004 5:26 am

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

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RE: Favorite Regional Foods In The US

Tue Jun 29, 2004 12:59 pm

Garnetpalmetto knows the good stuff. Big grin I will also say that Texas bbq is good, but the best has to have a good tomato-based sauce that's slightly sweet. Dreamland's in Tuscaloosa is pretty good (ditto for Memphis in general).


I forgot one thing (very important). SUN DROP! Headquartered in Tennessee, bottled in Birmingham, and you can't get it in north Mississippi for some reason. RC Cola is NOT the soft drink of the South, Sun Drop is (although Moon Pies are pretty good, especially if you put them in the microwave and make them puff up). Sun Drop is Southern, although it was invented in St. Louis in 1928.


 
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RE: Favorite Regional Foods In The US

Tue Jun 29, 2004 1:07 pm

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 otherwise!
I love cheese from Wisconsin

South:
I love southern fried chicken, biscuts, chicken & dumplings, corn bread with melted butter, Jack Daniels, Jim Beam, Knob Creek even Old Crow.

Out West:
Here in San Francisco, we have eveything. Chinese, Thai, Indian, Morrocean, Italian, Salvadorian, Russian you name it.
California wines are the best and I do like our cheese as well.
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RE: Favorite Regional Foods In The US

Tue Jun 29, 2004 1:13 pm

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 pretty popular here in MA

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RE: Favorite Regional Foods In The US

Tue Jun 29, 2004 2:16 pm

New Jersey= Pizza

The Pizza they sell in NYC is not as good, it's for tourists.

Philadelphia= Cheesesteaks!

Boston= THE BEST CHOWDER!..

Buffalo= Buffalo Wings

I had the best Buffalo wings at a Diner in Buffalo.
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RE: Favorite Regional Foods In The US

Tue Jun 29, 2004 2:19 pm

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 try to pass on as Italian Bread.

Italian Red Sauce/Gravy,

Same with the Italian Bread, outside NYC/ New Jersey and your talking Ragu.
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RE: Favorite Regional Foods In The US

Tue Jun 29, 2004 2:27 pm

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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