You Know You’re from the East Coast If You’ve Tried All of These Foods
From Maine to Maryland, anywhere you go on the East Coast is guaranteed to have some of the tastiest food in the U.S. How many of these East Coast staples have you tried?
Whether it's lobster tail, a lobster roll, or the whole kit and caboodle, this crustacean is a big part of New England cuisine. Don't forget the essential clarified butter on top.
Chewy, delicious bagels are a staple in and around New York City. Just make sure you don't ever toast it!
Boston brown bread
This hearty, dense brown bread is traditionally steamed in a can and served across the New England area.
With 10% of blueberries in North America grown in Maine alone, it's easy to say these juicy fruits are big on the East Coast. Make use of these berries in one of these 15 picture-perfect desserts for 4th of July. Another favorite way for locals to enjoy these berries is in a pie, like this delicious recipe.
Clam chowder and New England go hand in hand. Given the abundance of clams on the northern coast, it's no surprise.
Soft bread, hot steak, peppers, and lots and lots of cheese come together to make this iconic sandwich from Philadelphia.
Borrowed from our northern neighbor, Canada, disco fries (aka poutine) are a staple on old-school diner menus.
Hot apple cider
Unfiltered apple cider is a popular way for East Coasters to enjoy fresh picked apples from the many orchards that dot the region. New York has 282 orchards and counting!
Bean & bog cassoulet
This dish combines the New England cuisine, like cranberries and baked beans, with the area's French past.
Pastrami on a soft hoagie roll from a deli is standard lunch fare in Pennsylvania.
This sweet dessert combines two New England favorites: whoopie pies and real maple syrup.
One excellent way to make the most of the sheer abundance of seafood on the East Coast is in a chowder, like this recipe.
The largest population of Pennsylvania Dutch, to whom we credit this salad, is located in the eastern half of Pennsylvania, though there are communities in Michigan, Wisconsin, and even California and Canada.
Pennsylvanians have hoagies, New Yorkers and New Jerseyans have heroes. These long sandwiches are one of the best-known foods that have different names in different parts of the country.
New York–style cheesecake
New York cheesecake is made with sour cream, like in this recipe, to give it an extra kick.
The Rhode Island way to spell wiener is with an "ei," and serve them "all the way" with meat sauce, mustard, onion, and a sprinkle of celery salt.
The Waldorf salad was first tossed up at New York's Waldorf-Astoria Hotel on March 14, 1896.
This unique Pennsylvania Dutch bake gets its name by being half a be a cake and half a pie.
Bagels and lox
Lox and a schmear is an American Jewish breakfast and lunch dish that has spread across New York.
Boston baked beans
Rum, the unofficial liquor of New England, is a welcome addition to this Bostonian staple.
New York–style pizza
In the war of "who has the best pizza in the US," New York throws its cap in with its super thin crust.
If you order a milkshake in Boston, you'll be served a glass of milk and syrup. To get the blended ice cream dessert, be sure to order a "frappe" (that's pronounced FRAP, not frap-PAY)!
Pastrami on rye
Pastrami from a New York Jewish deli is about as New York as you can get.
Matzo ball soup
With the highest population of Jewish Americans living in New York City (over 1.1 million!), it's no surprise that traditional Matzo ball soup is a common comfort food. Check out our all-American guide to the best comfort food in every state.