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The cuisine of the Eastern United States refers to the distinctive styles of food indigenous to the states above the Potomac River.  Maryland, is a center of seafood cuisine. Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York cuisine is heavily influenced by Italian and German immigrants to the industrial centers of Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Jersey City, Binghamton, Elmira, Corning, Williamsport, Harrisburg, Wilkes-Barre and Scranton.

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Maryland / Washington, D.C.

Maryland boasts a plethora of marine fare, including blue crabs, crabcakes, crab soup, seafood lasagna, raw oysters, and rock fish.  The state even has its own brand of potato chip, called Crab Chips.

Marylanders use Old Bay, a local spice, to season everything from crabs to applesauce to peaches to popcorn.  Along with the residents of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Maryland's citizens are fond of scrapple.

The Washington, D.C. area is best known as the origin place of the half smoke.

New Jersey

Due to its position between New York City and Philadelphia, most towns in New Jersey are bedroom communities of one or the other. As a result, the signature foods of both cities are very popular in their corresponding suburbs - pizza, bagels, pastrami, and submarine sandwiches (sometimes called heroes) in the New York Metropolitan Area communities of Northern and Central Jersey, and hoagies (the Philadelphia equivalent of a New York hero), cheesesteaks, pretzels, water ices, and scrapple in the Philadelphia Area towns of South Jersey.

New York

New York City is known as one of the gastronomical capitals of the United States. With its diverse and large immigrant population virtually every cuisine could be found here. New York City is famous for its Italian American and Chinese American cuisines.

Upstate New York, as its known, has its own culinary traditions. Beef on weck sandwich, made with roast beef, is a tradition in Western New York, and Texas hots are served at many eateries opened by Greek immigrants. Buffalo, New York is known for its Buffalo Wings,Sponge toffee and Pastry heart. There are many wineries across the Northwestern portion of the State and Concord grapes are made into grape pies in the fall and celebrated at the Naples Grape Festival. 

Utica, New York is known for its tomato pie, chicken riggies and half-moon cookies. Binghamton, New York is the home of the Spiedie, a unique type of sandwich. New Haven is known for its brick and coal oven thin crust pizza. Rochester, New York is the home of the Garbage Plate. Syracuse, New York is known for salt potatoes. A loganberry drink is also popular in the Western New York area that is little known outside the region.


Pennsylvania is the home of Hershey's, Tastykake, Utz, Snyder's of Hanover, Peanut Chews, and the cheesesteak. Pretzels are a common snack in Pennsylvania. They come in many varieties, from the hot, soft, chewy pretzels sold by vendors on the street or stadium to the salty, hard, crunchy variety sold by pretzels manufacturers in the grocery and quick stop stores of Pennsylvania.

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