I’m talking about the really good stuff available only in your general area. You know, food you love, but can’t get anywhere else.
For me, in Maryland, number one is steamed crabs, obviously. Nothing like 'em in the world. They have to be fresh, hot, and right off the steam. Fresh is the key. If you ship them a couple hundred miles and then heat them up, it’s just not the same. Hot steamed crabs and a cold beer…ahh, heaven.
Add to that raw oysters and steamed mussels.
Berger Cookies. I don’t think these are available very far outside the Baltimore region. It’s a dense, slightly cake-like plain cookie, with thick, rich, fudgy frosting on top, about a half inch of it. God help me, I can almost eat a whole box by myself.
Utz Potato Chips. I know these are limited pretty much to the Mid-Atlantic region. Best chips in the world.
Snowballs. No, not Italian Ices, they are completely different. A snowball is a big cup crushed or shaved ice, with flavoring poured over the top. You can get just about any flavor you want…strawberry, grape, sky lite (light blue), blood orange, chocolate, tutti-fruity, banana, mint, sour cherry, Tootsie Roll, Granny Smith Apple, Pina Coloda, oh, the list goes on and on.
Available May thru September only. I lived in Florida for a few years and they had no idea what I was talking about. Relatives from Colorado visited about a year ago and wanted to know what all the little wooden huts that said “Snowballs” where for…when we explained, they didn’t know what they were, either.
Ok, where do you live and what is your local delicacy?