Homesick Dishes: The Best Out-of-Town Outposts for Regional Cuisine
Craving authentic Texas barbecue? Awesome — if you're in Texas, that is. How about a Maryland crab boil? Frustrating — if you're far from Maryland. But there is hope: These outposts across the country have made regional cuisine their specialty, despite being far from the regions they specialize in.
Photo By: Kaufman's
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Photo By: Ozzie's Crab House
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Photo By: The Maine Lobster Lady Food Truck
Photo By: Gino's
Photo By: Tiki Tim's Food Truck
New York Bagels
Trying to replicate that real New York-style combination of a shiny, crusty exterior and a dense, chewy middle has driven some bagel makers to go so far as to import water from the Big Apple for the cooking process. But these bagelries don't rely on gimmicks, just great family recipes and the good old-fashioned boil-then-bake technique that leaves just about everyone craving a schmear.
You won't find overly saucy meats or baroque flavor combinations at any of these joints; beef brisket is king, rubbed with seasonings and smoked for hours, to get that authentic Texas experience of meltingly tender meat and plenty of "burnt ends."
Maryland Crab Boil
They live in our imaginations, those perfect seaside crab joints that serve blue crabs by the pile, where the tablecloth is made of newspaper and your utensil is a mallet. Well, even if the seaside is far away, the flavors and ambience at these crab houses will convince you otherwise.
New Orleans Creole & Cajun
New England Lobster Roll
Huge chunks of sweet lobster meat and a rich toasted bun — and little else — have made these spots beloved additions to their decidedly non-New England towns.
New York-style pizza gets all the press, but there are some equally die-hard fans of thick, buttery Chicago-style pizzas, and they can enjoy some delicious replicas easily if they find themselves in California or Texas.
Where: Zachary's Chicago Pizza: California (various locations); Little Star Pizza: San Francisco (various locations); Gino's East of Chicago: Texas & Lake Geneva, Wis. (various locations); Chicago's Finest Pizza: Plano, Texas
California Fish Tacos
Crunchy, melt-in-the-mouth chunks of fish and the tang of a vinegary slaw on top — it's not hard to understand why Baja-style fish tacos have a following all over the U.S. of A.