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Local specialties in Richmond/DC/Baltimore area?


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Local specialties in Richmond/DC/Baltimore area?

chrystal257 | Jul 15, 2012 10:23 AM

Hi fellow chowhounders! My hubby and I will be coming down for vacation from CT and will be spending the majority of time in Richmond VA. However we will probably be taking frequent breaks on the way down. I have looked around the boards, while there are lots of restaurant recommendations, I was wondering if there were any regional/local specialties in the area we should be on the look out for- not just restaurants, but other sort of general local eats that Richmonders/DC/Baltimore is known for. There was a thread but it was from 2010 and another DC thread from 2005- not sure what is still around. For example, up in CT, we have a very specific style of New Haven style pizza that we are known for, also things like the little lobster shacks along the shore (hot buttered lobster rolls) and chowder. In the grocery store, we have some great local specialties-cheeses from local farms, great pies from the orchards up where we live, awesome homemade mom and pop ice cream. Just an example of what we'd be lookin for. We do have the ability to cook somewhat in our hotel room- so grocery stores/farmers markets are definitely possibilities.

Any must have eats that you just cant get anywhere else from CT to Richmond? Last time we went down to MD we had oldbay crabs (any food that requires a hammer is a ok by me lol), the pit beef sandwiches (little hole in the wall under a high way overpass), stopped in philly for the dueling steak and cheese restos (ironically also near a highway overpass). As you can see we are not picky, pretentious or easily "freaked out" by quirky/funky/somewhat divey/greasy spoons, just like some good chow. Not to say we wouldn't clean up and go swanky either if we need to seek the good stuff there. We are basically "those people" who plan attractions around our food choices (need a little teeny bit of time for things to digest between meals lol!) Any other thoughts regarding local curiosities/attractions would also be welcome. Thanks!!

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