ORV Food forum: Regional food differences

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Imagekqcrna
Feb 21, 2010 3:16 PM CST
Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh
I was born and raised in Pittsburgh. I lived there until I was 25 then relocated to Cincinnati in 1977. That's only a 300 mile move, so I was surprised to find so many foreign-to-me foods.

Pittsburgh, at least back then, was a very ethnically diverse city. We had ethnic neighborhoods- Italian neighborhoods, Irish neighborhoods, Jewish neighborhoods, you name it. We even had a place called Polish Hill.

We ate a lot of Italian food. My Mom made the best lasagna. Italian hot sausage sandwiches were a staple. (spicy hot Italian sausage cooked with mounds of onion and green pepper slices, in spaghetti sauce on big hoagy rolls). Everybody ate 'em, everybody made 'em. They were a staple menu item at bars. When I moved to Cinti I was shocked they they didn't sell spicy hot Italian sausage- not on menus and not available at groceries. It has turned up at Kroger in the past year or so. Not all that spicy hot, but pretty good.

Here they ate metts and brats. (brats are pale, gray, anemic looking sausage). Whazzat??? German, of course. Never heard of them before.

Stuffed cabbage- another Pgh. staple. (ground beef rolled in cabbage leaf, cooked in a tomato based sauce, sometimes with sauerkraut). In Pgh it was on menus, always served at weddings. People here know what it is, but it's not something commonly served.

Pierogies were my favorite Pittsburgh food. I was so dismayed that they didn't sell them here. Nobody even knew what they were. (those frozen- in- a box Mrs T's things don't count- I mean big fresh home-made pierogies).
Pierogies are big dough balls (again belly bombs), look like ravioli but stuffed with mashed potatoes or or cheese or sauerkraut... I'm not sure what nationality- maybe Slovak? Hungarian? some eastern European country?
Ditto halushki(sp?) - noodles mixed with fried cabbage, lots of butter!

I moved here and discovered Cincinnati style chili. It's nothing like Tex-Mex chili. I hated it when I first moved here. Now, I love Skyline Chili.

And Cinci does have Graeter's ice cream, there's definitely something to be said for that.

Does your city/town have it's own unique delicacies?

Karen
Imagegemini_sage
Feb 22, 2010 6:17 AM CST
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY
Cream gravy and biscuits is a biggie in this area and throughout the south. A friend was visiting from New York a couple of months ago, and was all excited about stopping at eateries that served gravy and biscuits.

Pulled Cream Candy seems to be a Kentucky thing, and is soooo good! My sister who lives in Louisiana always makes a point to buy some to take home when they're in visiting. There is a candy factory in my home town, Mount Sterling, that has been there since 1921, they're well known for their cream candy.
Imagekqcrna
Feb 22, 2010 6:23 AM CST
Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh
Neal, I never heard of biscuits and gravy until I moved here. Grits weren't big in Pgh. either. Ditto okra (yuk) and "greens". Ditto goetta.

And only a 300 mile move.

Karen
Imagegemini_sage
Feb 22, 2010 6:40 AM CST
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY
I'm with ya on the okra, and while they're popular around here, I'm not fond of grits at all either. Both seem to be staples of southern cooking, but my family never prepared either of them.

I LOVE gravy and biscuits- gotta say, I can make some darn good gravy, LOL!
ImageHenryr10
Feb 22, 2010 9:16 AM CST
Name: Ric
Cincinnati, Oh
I learned about Pierogies while going to Browns games in Cleveland.
Hate Sauerkraut but love the potato and cheese ones.
My Grandmother was from Neal's area and so Gravy was a staple in our home! lol!

I grew up in the Dayton area.
Moved here in 1984 (and Karen it appears we're the same age) and loved the City.
Hate the Chili though LOL!
Dayton's ethnic areas had all but disappeared by my childhood.
My Mother grew up in what's now The Oregon District and that was a melting pot.
So we had a taste of all the different foods when visiting Friends and Family.

Up there it was geographically broken up by the Miami River into basically West and East Dayton.
West Dayton African-American, East all the rest.
I worked in construction in west Dayton and had a good grounding in 'Soul Food'.
Also Southern Barbecue (people would line the streets w/ grills every Saturday) and there was a killer Ethiopian Restaurant where we lunched often.
The only real signature dishes I remember from up there is Pizza.
There were a dozen varieties.

Ric
“The pain I feel now is the happiness I had before. That's the deal.”
C.S. Lewis
Imagekqcrna
Feb 22, 2010 11:07 AM CST
Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh
You can actually buy pierogies online, but with shipping it's pretty pricey.

We have bought them at Rosie's Pierogies in Pittsburgh, frozen, and brought them home. Really a taste from chilhood.

Ric, isn't it illegal to live in Cincinnati if you're not a fan of Cincinnati chili? But it is an acquired taste.

Karen
ImageHenryr10
Feb 22, 2010 12:22 PM CST
Name: Ric
Cincinnati, Oh
I walk the edges here!
I'm a Browns fan too! LOL!

Cincinnati Chili is actually a variation of STIFADO or Greek Stew.
(I'm 1/4 Greek but never got a taste for it.)
Somehow Allspice and cinnamon and sometimes chocolate don't get if for me in Stew.


Ric
“The pain I feel now is the happiness I had before. That's the deal.”
C.S. Lewis
Imagekqcrna
Feb 22, 2010 3:42 PM CST
Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh
I walk the edges here too, Ric.

My husband and I both started out as Pittsburgers. We're Steeler fans! And my husband is a Pirates fan and a Penquin fan and a Pitt fan.

Once a Steeler fan, always a Steeler fan.

Larem
ImageHenryr10
Feb 22, 2010 3:48 PM CST
Name: Ric
Cincinnati, Oh
Yep once a Yinzers always a .......

Have you found a good Hoagie here?
“The pain I feel now is the happiness I had before. That's the deal.”
C.S. Lewis
Imagekqcrna
Feb 22, 2010 3:55 PM CST
Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh
Penn Station's Italian I guess. A good excuse to go there and get those fries, too.
But my favorite is my own Italian hot sausage on hoagy bun Smiling

What's your favorite?

Karen
ImageHenryr10
Feb 22, 2010 4:00 PM CST
Name: Ric
Cincinnati, Oh
PS here too.
They were one of our clients and I got freebies for delivery.....

“The pain I feel now is the happiness I had before. That's the deal.”
C.S. Lewis
Imagenanniepb
Feb 22, 2010 4:12 PM CST
Name: Phyl
Mtns of East TN (Zone 6b)
GO VOLS I tip my hat to you. Actually, I don't do sports. I lost custody of sports in the divorce, is what I always say.

its biscuits here too. biscuits and gravy. biscuits and taters'. cold or hot.

cornbread and pintos. anything that comes from the garden during summer, then as much as possible is canned for the winter. and there is a Dumpling Festival every year.

this was a poor mining town. my granny didnt get indoor plumbing until i was a teenager. there are no ethnic neighborhoods here.

I grew up mostly overseas except for 4 years in GA, then most of my adult life has been in GA. Ive only been in TN for 5 years.
My next house will have no kitchen - just vending machines and a large trash can.

Bread Basket
Gardening in Tennessee
Imagenanniepb
Feb 22, 2010 4:17 PM CST
Name: Phyl
Mtns of East TN (Zone 6b)
I like Philadelphia for cheesesteaks and pretzels.

In my part of GA it was BBQ. but a mustard based sauce. not my favorite.

peanut butter pie
peach pie.


My next house will have no kitchen - just vending machines and a large trash can.

Bread Basket
Gardening in Tennessee
ImageHenryr10
Feb 22, 2010 10:12 PM CST
Name: Ric
Cincinnati, Oh
It's funny Dayton actually did have a Killer cheese steak place called Milano's.
Two UD students from Philly missed C Steak's and opened it while still in college.
Blocks away from campus near the bar scene they opened at noon and stayed open til 3 AM....
30 years later it was still going strong.
Jeff Osterfeld's Penn Station is a pale imitation but still pretty good.

Ric
“The pain I feel now is the happiness I had before. That's the deal.”
C.S. Lewis

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