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    Chairman of the bored Maister's avatar
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    That local specialty food place

    You want the best kielbasa? you need to go to Franks Market in Grand Rapids. The best loaf of sourdough in town? Sarkozy's Bakery. If you're up for a drive then Zingerman's in Ann Arbor is probably worth the pilgrimage (but stretches the 'local' part for me). Is pizza your thing? Chicago Style Pizza is the best I've had outside of Chi town.

    Where do the food gods demand you go locally for the very best [fill in the food item]?
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    Western Texas Brisket.

    Kansas City BBQ Sauce.

    Memphis Ribs.
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    Head to Utica, NY for the best chicken riggies and tomato pie.

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    Regarding Zingerman's.... everything I've ever had there is the Best of its category, but I'd consider it a stretch as far as local goes as well. Sandwiches - Awesome! Breads, rolls, pastries - Awesome! Ice cream - Awesome! Desserts - Awesome!

    Closer to me, if I want the best pizza, I go to Buddy's for authentic Detroit deep-dish square pizza. For a great Polish meal I head to the Polish American Cultural Center. When I was still in grad school, I'd head to Avalon Bakery in Detroit for the best breads and rolls (this side of Ann Arbor anyway).
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    In and around Buffalo:

    Polish (sausages, etc): any Broadway Market merchant.
    Italian: Guercio's.
    Horseradish: Famous Horseradish
    Butter lambs: Malczewski's
    Cheese: Big Cheese in Fort Erie, or Cuba Cheese Shop in Cuba.
    Sponge candy: Alethea's
    Sausage (generally): Spar's

    Of these, the most pilgrimage-prone are the Cuba Cheese Shop, and "da Brudvaymarket's" during Easter.
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    Some Chicago-area favorites

    Pizza, esp. Chicago-style deep dish - Lou Malnati's
    Beefs & Burgers - Portillo's or a large assortment of independent places that would be too many for me to name. I have my favorites though.
    Popcorn - Garrett's
    Candy - Fannie May
    Polish sausage - Maxwell Street
    German food - The Berghoff
    Gyros - Kosta's (suburban place). There are plenty others too, but that's my favorite.
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    Want a burger in the ATL? You better head to The Vortex. (Can I get an amen, Brother Planit? )
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    Quote Originally posted by Bubba View post
    Want a burger in the ATL? You better head to The Vortex. (Can I get an amen, Brother Planit? )
    AMEN! and a beer.

    Glad you didn't say The Varsity.
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    Buddy Gandy's for Gulf seafood.

    http://www.buddygandysseafood.com/
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    Williams Seafood Restaurant on Tybee Road outside Savannah, GA.

    Cooper's Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que, Llano, TX
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    Oh yeah, I forgot bar-b-que. Here are some local suburban places I frequent:
    Ribs: Crystal Lake Ribhouse
    Pulled Pork and Beef Brisket Sandwiches: The Texan Bar-B-Que in Algonquin

    Also, for bakery goods, especially coffee cake and cookies:
    The Cumberland Bakery in Des Plaines
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    Quote Originally posted by ofos View post
    Williams Seafood Restaurant on Tybee Road outside Savannah, GA.
    Williams burned to the ground in 2004 - I don't think they ever rebuilt.

    http://www.wtoc.com/Global/story.asp...0&nav=0qq5Tu0f
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    Quote Originally posted by Bubba View post
    Williams burned to the ground in 2004 - I don't think they ever rebuilt.

    http://www.wtoc.com/Global/story.asp...0&nav=0qq5Tu0f
    Say it isn't so! I found that place in 1969 when I was stationed at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah. According to the article it had been there since 1934. I haven't been there in years but it was a required stop for me anytime I was in the area.
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    Quote Originally posted by ofos View post
    Say it isn't so! I found that place in 1969 when I was stationed at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah. According to the article it had been there since 1934. I haven't been there in years but it was a required stop for me anytime I was in the area.
    Sad but true - I think that all that's left out there is the sign. You'll have to go slumming at The Crab Shack the next time you're out towards Tybee.
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    Berghoff's? I only care about thier root beer!

    Metro Detroit is full of great places to eat.

    Star Deli in Southfield for Jewish Deli.
    About a dozen good polish bakeries scattered throughout the city proper and up in the Warren/Sterling Heights/Troy area.
    Hot Dogs.... Coney style! (everywhere, but there are a few legendary spots including Lafayette, American, Dully's)
    Ham Places
    Locally produced veggies and fruits? Eastern Market.
    Middle Eastern galore
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    There isn't anything in particular that is outstanding in my town foodwise, although there are gems in other places.

    Stromboli & Beer-Stuff Yer Face in New Brunswick
    Cheese-Bon Appetit in Princeton
    Fresh Pasta-Nonna Maria's in Clifton
    Sausage-Lopes Sausage Co. in Newark
    Bread-Witherspoon Bakery in Princeton
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    The best chicken wings in Chautauqua County: Wing City Grill in Fredonia and Jamestown. They compete with the best in metro Buffalo.

    Erie, PA an excellent Mexican Restaurant: El Canelo which is on Peach Street between the Millcreek Mall and the Zoo.
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    Slyman's corned beef sandwiches in Cleveland. If you're in the area, don't miss it.
    http://www.slymans.com/
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