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Best regional food/drinks thread

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Steak Snabler, Nov 8, 2009.

  1. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    I know we've done threads on beers, soft drinks, candy bars and hamburgers among other things, but I wanted to try to encompass it all in one. What are some of the best food and drink products you can get in certain parts of the country but not everywhere?

    I'm not talking about regional specialties (Maryland crab cakes, Mississippi River catfish, etc.), but specific brand names you can buy in the grocery store or convenience store --- soft drinks, potato chips, candy, that sort of stuff.

    I'll start it off. Here are some of my favorites from my area of the Gulf South, which encompasses basically Mobile to New Orleans:

    1. Barq's root beer (first bottled in Biloxi, Miss.) --- You can get it pretty much anywhere in the country in cans and plastic bottles nowadays, but only along the Gulf Coast in the glass bottles. Trust me, it just tastes different.

    2. Zapp's potato chips (Gramercy, La.) --- Thick cut, almost burned and spiced with everything from crab boil to Tobasco sauce. Good, good stuff.

    3. Conecuh sausage (Evergreen, Ala.) --- Thin and spicy. Great on the grill. Excellent with red beans and rice.

    How about some of your favorites?
  2. Madhavok

    Madhavok Well-Known Member

    Sahlen's hot dogs - Buffalo, NY. I know they're just hot dogs, but Sahlen's are the best IMO.
  3. doubledown68

    doubledown68 Active Member

    KC has Guy's potato chips.... something about the BBQ flavor. Best I've ever had
  4. PopeDirkBenedict

    PopeDirkBenedict Active Member

    Spotted Cow beer -- Wisconsin
  5. Ronnie "Z-Man" Barzell

    Ronnie "Z-Man" Barzell Active Member

    Grippos BBQ Potato Chips - Cincinnati
  6. Herbert Anchovy

    Herbert Anchovy Active Member

    The best sangria I've ever had was in Austin.
  7. Trey Beamon

    Trey Beamon Active Member

    Not sure if they're available elsewhere or not ...

    Snyder's of Hanover pretzels and Herr's chips - NE Pennsylvania.

    Abruzzino's (and numerous others) pepperoni rolls - NC West Virginia
  8. dreunc1542

    dreunc1542 Active Member

    Isaly's Chipped Ham. Don't think I've ever seen it outside of the Pittsburgh area. I miss it.
  9. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    Barq's Red Creme Soda -- Cincinnati/Indiana/???

    My all-time favorite pop. Had it at Grandma's in Cincy as a kid, it was heaven. Then I'd return to Atlanta, where it wasn't available. I was damn excited to move to Indiana and get red pop again, though the diet version isn't easily found here. Cincinnati has both. Maybe other places do, but I doubt it's many.

    Curious as to when Barq's root beer became a Coca-Cola product, whereas the creme soda is unaffiliated.
  10. Mystery Meat II

    Mystery Meat II Well-Known Member

    SunDrop citrus soda -- North Carolina's where I had it, but probably a Tennessee Valley/Mid-South thing
  11. buckweaver

    buckweaver Active Member

    Hatch green chile products -- especially the queso dip they no longer make -- available throughout the Southwest (Calif., Ariz., N.M.)
  12. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    Vernor's Ginger Ale. You can get it in Michigan and at least parts of Florida. Not sure where else, but it's not distributed nationally.
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