While traveling around the U.S. (and the world) we love to seek out and try or should I say taste the local eats.
When I think of local foods, here are a few that come to mind- Pizza in New York, Chicago & Connecticut, Cheesesteaks in Philadelphia, Lobster Rolls in New England (especially Maine & Connecticut) and Muffulettas & Po’ Boys in New Orleans just to name a few.
During our trip to South Dakota I found a food that is pretty much only known within the state called Chislic which you can read about here. We also tried out Johnny Cakes in Rhode Island. While they aren’t only found in RI, I haven’t seen JCs on a menu anywhere else that I’ve been. Check out my post about them here.
Thrillist came up with a tasty list of Regional Foods That Need To Be Everywhere.
While I’ve heard of most of the items on the list, there were some new foods that I was hearing about for the first time. I’ve had a chance to try out seven of the items but not all of them in their local areas. Being in NYC we can find just about any kind of food within the 5 boroughs.
At the end of the post, find my recommendations for some of the NYC versions of these regional foods.
Here is Thrillist’s list of Regional Foods:
- Frito Pie- Southwest
- Chicken & Waffles- East & West Coast
- Fried Cheese Curds- Midwest
- Chicken & Jojos- Pacific Northwest
- Lobster Roll- New England
- Loco Moco- Hawaii
- Pasties- Michigan
- The Juicy Lucy- Minnesota
- Poutine- Quebec
- Rocky Mountain Oysters- The Rockies
- Shrimp & Grits- South
From Thrillist’s list, I’ve never heard of Chicken & Jojos, Loco Moco or Pasties. I’ve heard of all of the other dishes and have also tried them out besides Rocky Mountain Oysters.
In Brooklyn, there are a bunch of places that make really awesome Chicken & Waffles. If you’re in the area, I’d recommend Jimmy’s Diner, Pies N Thighs and Sweet Chick.
We’ve tried Lobster Rolls at quite a few places in New England and now have some great ones close to home. The Red Hook Lobster Pound in Brooklyn and Luke’s Lobster (various locations in NYC) are two that I’d recommend.
During our visit to Minnesota last summer, we enjoyed Juicy Lucys at Matt’s Bar and 5-8 Club. If you’re looking to grab one in NYC, check out Whitman’s or The Stumble Inn.
When it comes to Poutines, we loved them in Montreal. I’d definitely recommend trying them out at Mile End Deli in Brooklyn or Manhattan.
If you have any recommendations for regional foods not mentioned, feel free to share with us in the comments below.
Find out about each of the foods from Thrillist’s list HERE.