8/14/2012 11:40:00 AM

10 Iconic Summer Foods From Around the U.S.

Maine lobster roll; Image via Flickr/laura padgett
With just a few precious summer weeks left, we got to thinking about those special seasonal foods that we couldn't live without on a 90-degree day. From California to Detroit to Philly, there are certain regional items that define summer for food lovers in every neck of the woods. Here's a look at 10 iconic summer food items from different parts of the U.S. Did we miss your favorite? Let us know in the comments.

12 comments :

  1. Spot on with the Thrashers fries and Sno Balls for Maryland and Baltimore, but I'd hasten to add a third option for the area - soft shell crabs and/or steamed crabs. Fresh from the Bay and an absolute summer requisite.

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  2. That is the weakest lineup I have ever seen from Zagat. Deplorable, except for the Maine Lobster Rolls.

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    1. BTW - the sign in words on Google are next to impossible to read. Had to try 5 times to get it right.

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    2. I agree see my comment down below about the middle of teh country.

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  3. I agree with Tom San Diego. Lobster Rolls were the best of the bunch. Certainly there are other summer treats that could have been mentioned.BTW Lobster Rolls (authentic) can be eaten all year round.

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  4. Not quite sure if the writer has ever traveled the US and eaten regional cuisines in the summer... SnoBalls in Maryland but not New Orleans? c'mon...

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  5. Well, with typical east coast snobbery the entire middle of the country is ommitted from this list. No mention of Ted Drewes Frozen Custard in St.Louis, or a Dairy Queen Bizzard any where in Texas. I really think it is time that Zagat expand its horizons. If I can find these places I know they can.

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    1. I cannot believe that Ted Drewes Frozen Custard was left off this list either. It's a St. Louis summer institution.

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  6. Wow. Admittedly hard to cover a nation in a few items - this was more of a regional list. New Orleans Snow Balls should be top of the list (Ro-Bear's is my favorite) and I live in Texas!
    However, shouldn't peaches and nectarines make this list? What is a summer without FRESH peach ice cream or cobbler?

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  7. Where did you get the idea that the Maine lobster roll only dates to the '70's? I remember my grandmother in the '60's warning me to watch out for lobster rolls that had too much celery in lieu of lobster. (as in your photo!)

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