Serious Eats: Talk
Unique Hometown Foods
Growing up in Northwest Pennsylvania, "pepperoni balls" (deep fried balls of dough stuffed with pepperoni and sometimes cheese) were a staple at every bake sale, available from all pizza places and on the appetizer list of every bar and local family restaurant. I just assumed that they were as universal as wings or breadsticks; it was a shock the day I realized that they didn't exist outside that corner of the world.
Anyone else have strange, quirky, tasty foods that were unique to your hometown?