- Blarney Puffballs from the Irish Lion; Bloomington, IN. These incredible bite sized bits o' joy are mashed potatoes with garlic and cheese that are deep-fried and served with a side of sour cream.Mmm... While you're there, have some soda bread too.
- Maryland blue crabs - from any place in Maryland where they serve them on a table covered in newspaper and give you a hammer to help crack them open. And don't even think about eating a crab cake unless it's a Maryland crab cake - that's a Maryland style cake, made with Maryland blue crab, in Maryland.
- Pumpkin pie - spicy, custardy pumpkin filling in a flaky crust, topped with fresh (real) whipped cream.
- A Philly cheesesteak. If not in South Philly, then in the Philadelphia MSA. Whiz wit.
- A tomato sandwich. Made with a ripe, garden grown tomato on soft white bread (ala Wonder or Bunny), salt, and Miracle Whip (or mayo, if you're a purist). Eat it while you stand over the kitchen sink wearing short sleeves, because if it's made right, you'll have tomato juice dripping off your elbows.
What didn't make the cut? Here are a few (in no order):
A hot dog from a ball park - with ketchup, mustard AND relish.
Baked brie with crusty bread and apples.
Pan-fried pierogies with sour cream.
A "toasted over a campfire" marshmallow.
Fresh strawberries with balsamic vinegar.
Filet Mignon - brushed with Gulden's mustard, wrapped in bacon, and grilled no more than medium rare.
Grilled cheese (Jarlsberg and cheddar) with tomato and bacon on rye.
Sister Shubert's sausage rolls with honey mustard.
Oysters on the half shell with saltines, cocktail sauce, and a pitcher of beer.