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25 Foods That Made Places Really Famous

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1. Boston baked beans

A dish dating from the Colonial era, these beans, flavored with molasses, were typically baked in brick ovens overnight on Saturdays for consumption on Sundays, when strict religious laws limited cooking activities.

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2. Buffalo wings

In its classic form, this popular appetizer, invented or at least popularized in Buffalo, New York (possibly at the city’s Anchor Bar) consists of deep-fried chicken wings glazed in hot sauce, served with celery sticks and blue cheese dressing.

3. Vienna sausage

The original Vienna sausage is basically a hot dog — “Wiener” means Viennese in German. In the U.S., the term now usually describes short lengths of smoked sausage sold in cans — often the basis for the popular hors d’oeuvre called pigs in a blanket.

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4. Black Forest ham

This dry-cured smoked ham comes from Germany’s Black Forest region, and the name is legally protected in the European Union. In the U.S., while genuine Black Forest ham might sometimes be available, there are many locally produced versions made in the style of the German original.

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5. Genoa salami

A popular kind of salami, made from ground pork and flavored with garlic, peppercorns, and wine, this Italian cured sausage traces its origins to the backcountry behind the bustling Ligurian seaport of Genoa.