I was chatting with some friends from work and wanted to bring the discussion here too. New York State & CT have some regional specialties that are still unknown to quite a few people. I love regional foods from all over the country - I guess I caught the bug from the power couple of “Roadfood”, Jane & Michael Stern.
Although Buffalo wings and sponge candy is well-known and Rochester garbage plates are infamous, my pals had never heard of chicken riggies (Syracuse/central NY), spiedies & spiedie subs (Binghamton & Endicott) and grape pies (Naples, NY). Such delicious experiences.
CT and its “A-pizz” and bar pizza (a la Colony) is famous as well as their hot dogs and steamed cheeseburgers (I’m still anxious to get to Ted’s in Meriden). Grapenuts pudding (my absolute favorite - I make this all the time at home), and their homemade ice cream shops are worth leaving Westchester County for.
Any more regional goody knowledge to share? I know I’m missing tons more, but I haven’t had my morning coffee yet!