Your Favorite American Regional Foods

Posted by Fodor's Community Members on June 22, 2011 at 12:44:45 PM EDT | Post a Comment
Members of the Fodors.com community made the following nominations for their favorite American regional specialties. The list is far from comprehensive, but it’s a starting point for contemplating the good eats that await you on your travels. Maine-Lobster-Roll.jpg Member comments follow a few entries. See the original thread on our forums—or add your favorites in the comments below.

New England and the Mid-Atlantic

Bagels: New York "Not the fake Wonder Bread bagels—but real bagels that are chewy and almost tough." —nytraveler Blueberry pie: Maine Cheese steaks: Philadelphia Clam chowder: New England Corn chowder: Maryland Crab cakes: Maryland Fried clams: Massachusetts Half-smokes: Washington, D.C. Indian pudding: New England Knishes: New York Lobster rolls: New England Maple syrup: New England Pastrami: New York Shoo-fly pie: Pennsylvania

The South

Barbecue: North Carolina Beignets: Louisiana Boiled peanuts: South Carolina Boudin: Louisiana Country ham: Kentucky Cuban sandwiches: Miami Étouffée: Louisiana Fried green tomatoes: The Deep South Mufaletta: Louisiana Red beans and rice: Louisiana Ropa vieja: South Florida Shrimp and grits: Charleston, S.C.

The Midwest and the Rockies

Chili four-way: Cincinnati Deep-dish pizza: Chicago Hot dogs: Chicago Huckleberries: Montana and Wyoming Runza sandwiches: Nebraska "Bread stuffed with ground beef and cabbage." —Musicfan Toasted ravioli: St. Louis Walleye pike: Minnesota Wild rice soup: Minnesota

The Southwest

Barbecue: Texas Chicken-fried steak: Texas: "One of the few things I miss about no longer living in Texas." —PaulRabe Fry sauce: Southern Utah Gulf shrimp: Texas Hatch chile: New Mexico: "Posole: a stew with dried hominy wouldn’t be the same without it." —ElendilPickle Indian fry bread: Arizona Sopapillas: New Mexico Sonoran enchiladas: Arizona

The West Coast

Apples: Central Washington Artichokes: Central California Carne asada burrito: San Diego Cioppino: San Francisco Dungeness crab: Northern California Fish/produce: Washington: "In thinking about the food I grew up with I remember the ingredients more than any singular dish—crab, trout, salmon, clams and oysters, berries, apples, etc., all served simply and with coffee or espresso." —POlson Fish tacos: San Diego Sourdough bread: San Francisco

Alaska and Hawaii

Dried Salmon: Alaska Eskimo Ice Cream (Akutaq): Alaska Macadamia Nuts: Hawaii Plate Lunch: Hawaii Salmonberry: Alaska Shave Ice: Hawaii Photo Credit: sbossert / iStockPhoto
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Member Comments (6)  Post a Comment

  • Cate_W Fodor's editor on Jul 6, 11 at 10:00 PM

    Agree about Key Lime Pie - my husband would also nominate Cold Sloppy Joes (triple-decker sandwich with coleslaw and russian dressing) from North Jersey.

  • petitreve on Jul 6, 11 at 11:34 AM

    If I ever got served a lobster roll with the large chunks of lobster shown in your photo, I might not mind spending $18 or more for one of those sandwiches!

  • petitreve on Jul 6, 11 at 11:32 AM

    How about spiedies in Broome County, New York (Binghamton area)?
    These are marinated and grilled kebobs (chicken, veal or pork) served on white bread or rolls.

  • racegeek on Jul 6, 11 at 10:17 AM

    How about Chicago's famous Italian Beef?

    And New York City's Cheesecake?

    And Key West's Key Lime Pie?

  • kgilbert78 on Jul 6, 11 at 10:10 AM

    No scrapple?

  • Amy_D Fodor's moderator on Jul 2, 11 at 03:10 PM

    Thumbs up for toasted ravioli!

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