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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?

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There are some foods that are just staples to the East Coast that other places wouldn’t even think to add to their menu. From the seafood in Maine down to the fresh bagels in New York, the East Coast arguably has some of the best food the country has to offer. If you grew up on the East Coast, these foods probably taste like home to you. Get a state-by-state look with this guide to the most delicious food from every state.

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LobsterTaste of Home


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.

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Everything BagelsTaste of Home

Everything bagels

Chewy, delicious bagels are a staple in and around New York City. Just make sure you don’t ever toast it!

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Crab CakesTaste of Home

Crab cakes

The East Coast is swimming with fresh seafood, especially near Delaware and Maryland. Swim through these seafood facts that will change how you eat fish. These scrumptious crab cakes have the perfect balance between meat and filler (hint: more crab meat!).

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Boston Brown BreadTaste of Home

Boston brown bread

This hearty, dense brown bread is traditionally steamed in a can and served across the New England area.

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Cape Cod Blueberry PieTaste of Home

Blueberry pie

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.

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Clam ChowderTaste of Home

Clam chowder

Clam chowder and New England go hand in hand. Given the abundance of clams on the northern coast, it’s no surprise.

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Philly CheesesteakTaste of Home

Philly cheesesteak

Soft bread, hot steak, peppers, and lots and lots of cheese come together to make this iconic sandwich from Philadelphia.

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Disco FriesTaste of Home

Disco fries

Borrowed from our northern neighbor, Canada, disco fries (aka poutine) are a staple on old-school diner menus.

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Boston Cream PieTaste of Home

Boston cream pie

This iconic pie, which is actually a cake, was created at the Parker House Hotel in Boston in 1856. The fact that Boston cream pie was invented in Boston isn’t much of a surprise, but learn about some surprising birthplaces of your favorite foods.

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Hot Apple CiderTaste of Home

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!

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Bean & Bog CassouletTaste of Home

Bean & bog cassoulet

This dish combines the New England cuisine, like cranberries and baked beans, with the area’s French past.

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GrinderTaste of Home


Pastrami on a soft hoagie roll from a deli is standard lunch fare in Pennsylvania.

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Whoopie PiesTaste of Home

Whoopie pies

This sweet dessert combines two New England favorites: whoopie pies and real maple syrup.

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Seafood ChowderTaste of Home

Seafood chowder

One excellent way to make the most of the sheer abundance of seafood on the East Coast is in a chowder, like this recipe.

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Cranberry SauceTaste of Home

Cranberry sauce

The first established cranberry farm was opened in 1816 by Henry Hall in the small Cape Cod town of Dennis. Since then, research about the benefits of this berry has boomed and here’s 9 more reasons to eat cranberries.

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Cucumber SaladTaste of Home

Cucumber salad

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.

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Hero SandwichTaste of Home

Hero sandwich

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.

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New York-Style CheesecakeTaste of Home

New York–style cheesecake

New York cheesecake is made with sour cream, like in this recipe, to give it an extra kick.

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Hot WeinersTaste of Home

Hot weiners

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.

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Waldorf SaladTaste of Home

Waldorf salad

The Waldorf salad was first tossed up at New York’s Waldorf-Astoria Hotel on March 14, 1896.

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Funny CakeTaste of Home

Funny cake

This unique Pennsylvania Dutch bake gets its name by being half a be a cake and half a pie.

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Bagels and LoxTaste of Home

Bagels and lox

Lox and a schmear is an American Jewish breakfast and lunch dish that has spread across New York.

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Boston Baked BeansTaste of Home

Boston baked beans

Rum, the unofficial liquor of New England, is a welcome addition to this Bostonian staple.

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New York-Style PizzaTaste of Home

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.

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FrappeTaste of Home


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)!

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Pastrami on RyeTaste of Home

Pastrami on rye

Pastrami from a New York Jewish deli is about as New York as you can get.

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HaddockTaste of Home


These fish are abundant off of Massachusetts’ coast. Clams are commonplace in this East Coast state, and here’s the one food you have to try in every state.

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Matzo Ball SoupTaste of Home

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.

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