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The Pine Tree State

“I direct”

MAINE Maine’s earliest inhabitants were descendants of Ice Age hunters. Stephen King, Leon Leonwood Bean(L.L.Bean), Patrick Dempsey, Anna Kendrick, E.E. White

Lobster Roll

Where to get it Red’s Eats 41 Water St, Wiscasset (207) 882-6128 $$

Five Islands Lobster Co. 1447 5 Islands Rd, Georgetown (207) 371-2990 $$

J’s Oyster

How it started As far back as 1970, chopped lobster meat heated in drawn butter was served on a hot dog bun at roadside stands such as Red’s Eats in Maine. Today, lobster rolls in the U.S. are associated with the state of Maine, but the lobster roll first originated at a restaurant named Perry’s, in Milford, Connecticut, as early as 1929. Once Perry’s put the new sandwich on its menu, its popularity spread up and down the coast.

5 Portland Pier, Portland (207) 772-4828 $$

T h e G ran i t e S t a t e

“Live Free or Die”

New Hampshire America’s Stonehenge is a 4,000 year old megalithic site located on Mystery Hill in Salem. Seth Meyers, Mandy Moore, Robert Frost, Adam Sandler, Ray LaMontagne

Boiled Dinner

Where to get it Kathleen’s Cottage 90 Lake St, Bristol (603) 744-6336 $$

May Kelly’s 3002 White Mountain Hwy, Conway (603) 356-7005 $$

Salt Hill Pub

How it started No one knows who cooked the first boiled dinner. One day perhaps, an unknown New England housewife took a hunk of corned beef brisket from the barrel in the cellar, put it in the big dinner kettle, covered it with water, later threw in vegetables, and hung it over the fire to simmer. When dinnertime came, she sliced the corned beef on a platter, arranged the vegetables around it, and brought it to the table. Today, it is associated with St. Patrick’s Day.

2 S Park St, Lebanon (603) 448-4532 $$

The Bay State “By the sword we seek peace, but peace only under liberty”


Boston built the first subway system in the United States in 1897. Emily Dickenson, Edgar Allan Poe, Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss), Henry David Thoreau, Leonard Nimoy

Clam Chowder

Where to get it Neptune Oyster 63 Salem St, Boston (617) 742-3474 $$$

Island Creek Oyster Bar 500 Commonwealth Ave, Boston (617) 532-5300 $$$

Atlantic Fish Co.

How it started According to the book 50 Chowders by Jasper White, the first and oldest-known printed fish chowder recipe was in the Boston Evening Post on September 23, 1751. Clam chowder is often served in restaurants on Fridays in order to provide a seafood option for those who abstain from meat every Friday. Including tomatoes is forbidden; in 1939, a bill was introduced in the legislature making tomatoes in clam chowder illegal.

761 Boylston St, Boston (617) 267-4000 $$$

The Ocean State


Rhode Island The White Horse Tavern was built in 1673 and is the oldest operating tavern in the United States. Debra Messing, Cormac McCarthy, Mena Suvari, Josh Schwartz, Meredith Vieira

Frozen Lemonade

Where to get it Mr. Lemon 32 Hawkins St, Providence $

Del’s Lemonade 195 Providence Pl, Providence (401) 270-6553 $

Hope Creamery 569 Branch Ave, Providence (401) 454-0407 $

How it started Del’s founder Angelo DeLucia originally got his recipe for Del’s lemonade from his father, Franco DeLucia, who brought the recipe to the US from Italy. Angelo then tried to find a way to make a machine to produce the beverage. The first Del’s stand was a small, pushable cart in Cranston, Rhode Island, starting in 1948. Soon after, he started using the “Del’s Trucks” to serve the beverage anywhere in the state. The company still uses the trucks today in addition to its storefront locations.

The Constitution State

“He Who Transplanted Still Sustains�

Connecticut The Hartford Courant is the oldest U.S. newspaper still being published, established in 1764. Annie Leibovitz, Christopher Lloyd, Seth MacFarlane, Glen Close, Meg Ryan

Hamburger Sandwich

Where to get it Lake Zoar Drive-In 14 Roosevelt Dr, Stevenson (203) 268-8137 $

Sycamore Drive-In 282 Greenwood Ave, Bethel (203) 748-2716 $

Louis’ Lunch

How it started Louis Lassen, a butter dealer, operated a lunch wagon on Meadow Street as early as 1895. According to family legend, one day in 1900 a local businessman dashed into the small New Haven lunch wagon and pleaded for a lunch to go. Lassen placed his own blend of ground steak trimmings between two slices of toast and sent the gentleman on his way, so the story goes, with America’s alleged first hamburger being served.

263 Crown St, New Haven (203) 562-5507 $

The Empire State

“Ever Upwards�

NEW YORK The Big Apple is a term coined by musicians meaning to play the big time. Claire Danes, Edward Hopper, Billy Joel, Herman Melville, Walt Whitman

Buffalo Wings

Where to get it Sifty’s Bar and Grill 1401 Burnet Ave, Syracuse (315) 474-0048 $$

Bonnie’s Grill 278 5th Ave, New York City (718) 369-9527 $$

Anchor Bar

How it started Buffalo wings were first prepared at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York, by Teressa Bellissimo who owned the bar along with her husband Frank. Upon the unannounced, late-night arrival of their son with several of his college friends, Teressa needed a fast and easy snack to present to her hungry guests. It was then that she came up with the idea of deep frying chicken wings (normally thrown away or reserved for stock) and tossing them in cayenne hot sauce.

1047 Main St, Buffalo (716) 883-1134 $$

The Garden State

“Liberty and Prosperity�

New Jersey

Atlantic City is where the street names came from for the game Monopoly. Jon Bon Jovi, Jack Nicholson, Frank Sinatra, Bruce Springsteen, Meryl Streep

Salt Water Taffy

Where to get it Shriver’s Salt Water Taffy 852 Broadwalk, Ocean City (609) 399-0100 $

Fralinger’s 1901 Boardwalk, Atlantic City (609) 344-0442 $$

James’ Candy Company

How it started Candy store owner David Bradley’s shop was flooded during a major storm in 1883. As a result of the flood, his entire stock of taffy was soaked with salty Atlantic Ocean water. When a young girl came into his shop and asked if he had any taffy for sale, he is said to have offered some “salt water taffy.” At the time it was a joke, because all his taffy had been soaked with salt water, but the girl was delighted.

1 Atlantic Ocean, Atlantic City $

The First State “Liberty and Independence”

DELAWARE Every single Delaware State Park has an 18-hole disc golf course inside it. Aubrey Plaza, Ryan Phillippe, Howard Pyle, Sean Patrick Thomas, George Thorogood

Vinegar French Fries

Where to get it Walt’s Flavor Crisp Chicken Express 103 N Lincoln St, Wilmington (302) 429-2587 $

Johnnies Dog House 3401 Concord Pike, Wilmington (302) 477-1440 $

Thrasher’s French Fries

How it started In 1929, a Georgian known as Mr. J.T. Thrasher introduced a unique concept — a food stand concession which would specialize in only one product: the noble French fry. Thrasher found that only the highest quality potato would suffice. This meant that potatoes had to be bought from different regions, if not states, for different times of the season. So as not to detract from the rich taste of its signature spuds, Thrasher’s only provides a slight sprinkling of salt and vinegar.

26 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach (302) 227-8994 $

The Old Line State

“Manly Deeds, Womanly Words�

Maryland Maryland gave up some of its land to form Washington D.C. Philip Glass, Billie Holiday, Spike Jonze, Frank Zappa, Ira Glass

Crab Cakes

Where to get it Thames Street Oyster House 1728 Thames St, Baltimore (443) 449-7726 $$

Annabel Lee Tavern 601 S Clinton St, Baltimore (410) 522-2929 $$


How it started Crab cakes were coined as a term first put in print in 1930 in a cook book by Crosby Gaige called the New York World’s Fair Cook Book. Blue crabs are most abundant in the estuary of the Chesapeake Bay, so they became a main staple in the Maryland region for food. Today, almost everyone in Maryland, or more precisely Baltimore, has a handeddown, best-and-only recipe for Maryland or Baltimore-style crab cakes.

804 Hammonds Ferry Rd, Linthicum Heights (410) 636-1777 $$

The Old Dominion

“Thus Always to Tyrants�


The Pentagon building in Arlington is the largest office building in the world. Ella Fitzgerald, Pat Benatar, Sandra Bullock, Missy Elliot, Jim Morrison

Virginia Ham

Where to get it Edwards Virginia Ham Shoppe 11381 Rolfe Hwy, Surry (757) 294-3688 $$$$

Old Virginia Ham Shop 217 E Little Creek Rd, Norfolk (757) 583-0014 $$

Taste Unlimited

How it started Virginia ham was one of the first agricultural products exported from North America. The climate of Virginia was so perfect for raising pigs that they multiplied and became plentiful and a nuisance to the settlers. Since the Native Americans had been curing venison by smoking long before the settlers arrived in Jamestown, they taught them to cure meat with salt or “magic white sand.� Their methods of salting, smoking and aging venison were adapted to preserving the meat.

6464 Hampton Blvd, Norfolk (757) 623-7770 $$

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Beetah (n.) an old beat up pick up truck.

Bubblah (n.) a water fountain

t h r e e way (n.) what you order on a roast beef sandwich referring to cheese, sauce, and mayo.

POCKETBOOK (n.) a lady’s purse.

tag sale

(n.) same as a garage sale.

(adj.) when someone got beat up, or loses in a fight.


(n.) The road that branches and loops around oneself, in order to make one large curving right in order to make a left.

Illest (adj.) silliest.

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WEST VS. east

by Leslie McMullin

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West vs. EAST  

My thesis for MICA. A cultural comparison of each coast, focusing on food, slang terms, and music.

West vs. EAST  

My thesis for MICA. A cultural comparison of each coast, focusing on food, slang terms, and music.