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35 Beloved Regional Foods That Can Be Shipped to Your Doorstep

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Unless you have unlimited money and time to travel, it's impossible to try all the regional American foods that are beloved by locals all across the country. Shows on the Travel Channel and Food Network make it easy to learn about them, but drooling over a food you can't have is like torture. Luckily, many of these famous foods can be shipped directly to your door, either frozen, assembled, ready-to-cook, or in one case, alive. So next time you want to try something new, check out this list of regional foods that can be on your doorstep in no time.

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Anchor Bar Buffalo Wing Sauce
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Anchor Bar Buffalo Wing Sauce

What we know today as buffalo wings — fried chicken wings coated in hot sauce and served with celery and creamy dressing — were purportedly invented at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York, in the 1960s. If you can't make a pilgrimage to their birthplace, might as well try the sauces they currently cover their wings in. Order them from the company by the case, gallon, or as a handy gift pack to try some of their five flavors.

Hoosier Sugar Cream Pie
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Hoosier Sugar Cream Pie

A simple, custard-like pie made from creamy dairy, sugar, vanilla and sometimes a dusting of cinnamon, Hoosier pie is an Indiana favorite. Nick's Kitchen in Huntington is a little diner that makes a spectacular version with a wiggly filling and a crust of caramelized sugar on top. Order one frozen from Goldbelly.

Hatch Chiles
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Hatch Chiles

Like Champagne or San Marzano tomatoes, Hatch chiles refer to peppers grown only in the Hatch Valley of New Mexico. The climate and soil in that area create ideal growing conditions for amazing green chiles. The most common way to use the chiles is to roast and dice them, then put them on top of burgers, in soups, or make a chile-heavy sauce to top anything. You can purchase the canned roasted and chopped chiles from Zia Hatch Chile Company.

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Toasted Ravioli
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Toasted Ravioli

A St. Louis specialty, toasted ravioli is served at practically every Italian restaurant, pizza parlor and takeout joint in the area, but it's not common elsewhere. Cheese-filled ravioli are breaded and deep fried and served with marinara for dipping, putting it in the same boat as other fried cheese apps like mozzarella sticks. You can order it frozen from Imo's Pizza, a local chain known for its St. Louis-style pie.

Goetta
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Goetta

While you've probably heard of Cincinnati-style chili, goetta, a sausage-like breakfast meat, is just as popular in the area but harder to find elsewhere. Similar to other breakfast products like scrapple, it's a mixture of meats, offal, and oats that is crisped in a pan. Order a tube from the well-known manufacturer Glier's and make a breakfast sandwich.

Cioppino
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Cioppino

Cioppino is a delicious Italian-American seafood stew from San Francisco. It includes a variety of seafood in a tomato and wine broth, and is usually served with lots of bread for soaking up the flavorful liquid. You can order it fully cooked and frozen from Phil's Fish Market through Goldbelly, and it includes dungeness crab, scallops, shrimp, calamari, mussels, clams, and fish.

Moxie
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Moxie

Popular in New England and especially Maine — it's the official state soft drink! — Moxie is a soda that has a bitter aftertaste, thanks to its gentian-root extract. It was introduced in 1876 and is still being produced today as a Coca-Cola company brand. Order a case of the "distinctly different" soda from Box of Maine.

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Danish Kringle
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Danish Kringle

Racine, a county in southeastern Wisconsin, is home to the Danish kringle. It's a sweet breakfast or dessert pastry shaped in a large oval with layers of tender dough, fruit or nut filling, and icing. It's sliced into wedges to be eaten, and it generally makes an appearance at every potluck or family gathering in the area. There are many bakeries that produce it in the area, but O+H Danish Bakery is one of the best that also ships it.

Pimento Cheese
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Pimento Cheese

A favorite all over the South, pimento cheese is a spread or sandwich filling that's made by mixing grated or chopped cheese with mayonnaise, chopped red pimento peppers, and seasonings. The Blackberry Farm resort in Tennessee makes a delicious rendition with sharp aged cheddar that they'll ship to you.

Pepperoni Rolls
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Pepperoni Rolls

Pepperoni rolls are a favorite snack in West Virginia. They look like short, fat, soft breadsticks, but they've got a pepperoni surprise in the middle, sometimes along with cheese. They're simple and satisfying. Order a dozen (or two) from Country Club Bakery and plan to serve them at your next party.

Runza
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Runza

A distant cousin of the pepperoni roll, runzas are a specialty in Nebraska. It's a soft, yeasted dough pocket with a substantial filling of ground beef, cabbage, onions, and seasonings. It's so popular that a restaurant chain called Runza sells them all over the state. They'll ship you frozen ones, too, a dozen at a time.

Coddies
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Coddies

Coddies are the much less well known cousin of the crab cake. Served all over Baltimore since the early 1900s, they're little fried cakes made from rehydrated salt cod and mashed potatoes that are served on crackers with mustard. It's a simple, working-man's food that has fallen to the wayside of the crab cake. They are still restaurants serving them and shipping them however, including Pappas Seafood in a Baltimore suburb.

Portillo's Chocolate Cake
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Portillo's Chocolate Cake

Chicago-area Italian beef and hot dog chain Portillo's is famous for its slices of rich chocolate cake. In the restaurant, you can order a thick slice for dessert, or they even blend a whole slice into a vanilla milkshake and call it a cake shake. For $50, you can have one of the beloved 2-layer cakes delivered to your door. The frosting is packaged separately from the cakes to keep everything as fresh as possible.

Burgoo
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Burgoo

Burgoo is a stew common in Kentucky and parts of southern Illinois. It's traditionally been made with whatever game meat is available, smoked meats, and all kinds of vegetables, and served to large crowds. Order a gallon of it made with mutton, chicken and veggies from the Moonlite Bar-B-Q Inn in Owensboro, Kentucky. Serve it like they do with cornbread muffins.

Maine Lobster
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Maine Lobster

If you live anywhere but coastal New England, it's going to be tough to find live Maine lobsters. The cold water delicacies are prized for their sweet, succulent meat and large claws. Before you order live Maine lobsters, there are some important things to know, including the fact that it's best to cook and eat them the day they arrive. There are many companies that overnight live lobsters to your door, including Cape Porpoise Lobster Co., which sells only hard-shell lobsters and has been around since the 1970s.

Boudin
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Boudin

Louisiana is home to a multitude of regional food specialties, but one of the most loved is boudin. It's a sausage made from rice, spices and onions mixed with pork, though other variations exist. It's great as a snack heated up on its own or in other Cajun recipes. You can order a wide variety of boudin from a number of different sausage makers at Cajun Grocer to find the one you like best.

Dr. Brown's Cel-Ray
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Dr. Brown's Cel-Ray soda

New Yorkers are very familiar with Cel-Ray, the celery-and-herb soda in a lime-green can. The thought of celery soda makes most people scrunch their noses up in other parts of the country, but it's been going strong, especially in delis in New York. If you want to try this peppery, celery seed extract-derived soda that's a little like ginger ale, order it on Amazon.

Lefse
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Lefse

Though wild rice and even lutefisk might be more commonly thought of when it comes to Minnesotan foods, lefse is also extremely popular. It's a Norwegian potato flatbread, similar to a tortilla, and it's often eaten rolled around warm butter and sugar for a treat. Get them freshly made from Norsland Lefse, or try their seasoned lefse chips.

Alaskan Smoked Salmon
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Alaskan Smoked Salmon

Native Americans have been smoking salmon in Alaska for centuries, and today it's considered a delicacy in the rest of the country. Curing and smoking is a way of preserving the fish to last through the harsh winters. Nowadays, the preservation isn't necessary, but it tastes amazing. Order smoked filets, bellies, and collars from Tanner's Alaskan Seafood that are wild-caught and sustainable.

Key Lime Pie
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Key Lime Pie

The puckeringly tart, creamy Key lime pie is a specialty of Key West, Florida, where the little limes naturally grow. If you can't get away to vacation there, the next best thing is a whole pie delivered right to your door. The pies from the Key West Key Lime Pie Co. are made with a 100-year old recipe in a handmade graham cracker crust, and at only $25 each, they're a steal.

Georgia Peach Cobbler
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Georgia Peach Cobbler

Fresh Georgia peaches are legendary for being juicy, sweet, and succulent. Peach cobbler is a favorite Southern way of preparing them and enjoying the summer bounty. The owner of Aunt Evelyn's Peach Cobbler learned how to make cobbler from her grandmother, who cooked it in a wood burning stove. She'll ship you the rich dessert frozen for you to warm in the oven at home.

Chicago Deep-Dish Pizza
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Chicago Deep-Dish Pizza

Though some people claim that Chicago deep dish pizza isn't really pizza at all but instead a casserole, the thick layers of mozzarella, Italian sausage, and chunky tomato sauce are just plain delicious. Try the stuffed version from Giordano's, a local pizzeria. It's got a buttery, thick outer crust that's chewier than other iterations. They'll ship you a frozen 2-pack for $75.

Malasadas
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Malasadas

Malasadas are Portuguese donuts that are extremely popular in Hawaii. They're similar to Polish paczki in that they're usually eaten on Fat Tuesday, and that day is also known as malasada day on the islands. There are bakeries that sell the sugar-covered donuts year round though, like Leonard's Bakery. Order 2 dozen coated in sugar, cinnamon, or li-hing, a dried plum.

Limburger Cheese
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Frozen Custard
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Frozen Custard

Frozen custard is a practically a way of life in Milwaukee, where custard stands have been around since the 1930s and are said to have even inspired the hangout in "Happy Days." The dessert is different from ice cream in various ways, but the most important is the relatively small amount of air churned into it, giving it an incredibly smooth, velvety texture ice cream doesn't have. You can get it delivered on dry ice from Kopp's, a favorite local stand with flavors from grasshopper fudge to blueberry cheesecake.

Shrimp Cocktail
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Shrimp Cocktail

The St. Elmo Steakhouse in Indianapolis is famous for more than just steaks. Their chilled shrimp cocktail appetizer at this 117-year-old restaurant is known for its incredibly spicy, clean-your-sinuses-out horseradish cocktail sauce. You can recreate it at home with a package through Goldbelly that includes 16 black tiger shrimp and most importantly, a bottle of the cocktail sauce.

Biscochitos
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Biscochitos

New Mexico's official state cookie is the biscochito, a thin wafer biscuit that originated from the Spanish settlers. It's spiced with ingredients like cinnamon and anise, likely from Native American influence. Order a bag or two from Celina's Biscochitos. They make them with an old recipe using lard, cinnamon, anise seed and brandy.

Marionberry Pie
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Marionberry Pie

Marionberries are a cultivar of blackberry developed by Oregon State University in the 1940s. They're grown mostly in Oregon, and are prized for having a tartness that goes well in sweet baked goods and jams. You can order pies made with the purple berries from the Willamette Valley Pie Company, or order the frozen fruit and make your own.

Country Ham Biscuits
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Country Ham Biscuits

Put anything in the middle of a fresh biscuit and it's bound to be delicious. But if you put something as tasty a slice of salty, strong country ham in there, it's going to be transcendental. Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen has been serving up ham biscuits in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, since 1978 with recipes handed down through the family. Order a kit to make their biscuits and country ham sandwiches through Goldbelly.

Philadelphia Cheesesteak
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Philadelphia Cheesesteak

There aren't many sandwiches in America as well-known or tied to a city like the Philly cheesesteak. Impassioned locals have their favorite spots to get them, and whether you should order them "wit" onions or with Wiz or provolone is hotly debated. Pat's King of Steaks claims to be the originator of the sandwich — though neighboring rival Genos might beg to differ — and they will ship you frozen, assembled cheesesteaks through Goldbelly, so they're a great place to start your best cheesesteak quest.

Muffuletta
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Muffuletta

The Central Grocery Store in New Orleans created an American classic sandwich with the muffuletta. It starts with a round loaf of Italian bread that gets layered with ham, salami, mortadella, and cheeses, plus their special homemade pickled olive salad. People line up in the store to get them each day, but they can ship them to you instead — and they hold up incredibly well over the couple of days it make take you to eat them.

Texas Pecan Pie
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Texas Pecan Pie

While pecan pie is popular in many places, pies made using fresh Texas pecans are particularly delectable. Unless you know someone with pecan trees living down there, it's hard to get your hands on some. The Berdoll Pecan Company makes pies and candy using pecans from the trees their family planted in the 1980s. Pecan pies are only $25 and you can choose between chopped pecans, whole pecans, or a pecan pie with chocolate.

San Francisco Sourdough
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San Francisco Sourdough

Early bakers in the San Francisco area used to think that sourdough bread with its distinct tartness could only be made there. Now we know that it's because of a naturally occurring bacteria in that area and can reproduce it anywhere, but the bakeries in the City by the Bay have been perfecting sourdough for a long time. Boudin Bakery has been baking since 1849, and you can order a few loaves from them for sandwiches or to hold clam chowder.

Detroit Coneys
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Detroit Coneys

A coney in Detroit refers to a type of chili dog that comes standard with onions and mustard. They're cheap, delicious, and have a bit of a cult following. You can order an entire coney kit through one of the most famous purveyors, American Coney Island, on Goldbelly. It comes with everything you need to put them together yourself, including buns, dogs, chili sauce, and an onion.

Memphis-Style Barbecue Ribs
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Memphis-Style Barbecue Ribs

Charlie Vergos Rendezvous is a barbecue restaurant in Memphis that's credited with creating Memphis-style ribs. They're cooked over charcoal, not wood, and seasoned with a dry rub instead of sauce. If you can't make it to Memphis, no worries — just order a few slabs from Rendezvous and make your mouth happy. 

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