Mumbo sauce with fried chicken, Washington, D.C.

January 23, 2015

What: Fried chicken is fried chicken, but mumbo sauce (also spelled mambo, mombo, and a few other ways) is a true D.C. oddity…except that it was actually invented in Chicago first (more on that later). Varieties abound, but it is generally a reddish-orange condiment with a taste like a… 1704 U St. NW Washington, D.C.

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Boiled peanuts, Charleston

November 4, 2014

What: Boiling raw peanuts in salted water till they’re soft and creamy inside is common across much of the South, but there’s good reason to believe boiled peanuts have a special connection to the Lowcountry. According to the Charleston City Paper, peanuts—which traveled to the… Marion Square, Charleston, SC

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Farm-to-table fare, Charleston

October 29, 2014

What: Bravo, Charleston: It’s not too hard to find restaurants that are committed to sourcing ingredients locally here. The Lowcountry has a bounty of local seafood and seasonal produce, and passionate chefs are making good use of it—some more than others, of course. Of particular… Marion Square, Charleston, SC

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Shrimp & grits, Charleston

October 29, 2014

What: The classic Southern pairing of shrimp and grits is not Lowcountry specific, but it’s so beloved in Charleston—and shows up on so many restaurant menus here—that we’d be remiss not to include it as a quintessential local dish. This is, after all, traditional… 207 Rutledge Ave., Charleston, SC

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Carolina crab cakes, Charleston

October 29, 2014

What: Crab cakes are popular in the Lowcountry, as blue crabs are abundant off the Carolina coast. While there’s nothing highly unusual about the way crab cakes are done here—the name is really to distinguish them from Maryland crab cakes, which are (presumably) sourced from the… 82 Queen St., Charleston, SC

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Country captain, Charleston

October 21, 2014

What: Country captain, a fragrant stewed chicken dish with a curried tomato sauce served over rice with currants and almonds, stands out among Charleston’s traditional dishes, for both its flavor and its remarkable, well-traveled history. Its ingredients hint at its birth in a faraway land… 207 Rutledge Ave., Charleston, SC

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Calamari, Rhode Island

September 24, 2014

What: Calamari, or fried squid rings, may not be totally unique to Rhode Island, but the state does have a thing for it: In 2012, nearly 50% of the East Coast’s squid quota (23.5 million pounds) was caught here, much of it in Point Judith. Squid is plentiful, can be caught year-round, and… 2335 Main […]

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Awful Awful, Rhode Island

September 24, 2014

What: Another of quirky Rhode Island’s favorite drinks, the Awful Awful is a sinful concoction of whole milk, flavored syrup, and “secret” frozen ice milk, the latter of which differentiates it from something like a frappe (or a cabinet, as it’s known around here). Ice… 673 Smith St., Providence, RI

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