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What locals say: “The pickles are magic, I eat them at Spuyten Duyvil, I eat them at the Union Square Farmer’s Market, and – in the privacy of my home – I can eat an entire jar of Windy City Wasabeans in an hour and still want more.” —Kelly B.
What locals say: “Best ice cream you’ll ever eat!!!!!! Fresh ingredients (yes, you can taste the difference), and it’s made with nitrogen, which makes smaller crystals and the ice cream is the smoothest, silkiest, and creamiest. I don’t eat ice cream too often, but when I do, I treat myself to this. Forget the other hype spots in town. This is the place.” —Tiffany S.
Get five pints including a seasonal flavor (for August it’s sweet corn with berries) for $95. Order here.
What locals say: “Bought tamales & toppings at Specs. Glad to know where to go for more. Their food is consistently good. Better than average. I’ve had beef, chicken & spinach tamales, & chile con queso. All recommended. You’ll be addicted!” —Ann Y.
What locals say: “Their duck fat caramels are OMG MELT IN YOUR MOUTH SLAP YO MOMMA good, and all of their chocolates are decadent!” —Savannah R.
9. Spicy mustard from Philippe the Original, CA
What locals say: “Grab that French dip, and don’t let it go. Don’t share it with your boo, don’t share it with your bae. You give it the love and attention it deserves, which is all of it. It is juicy and tender and so delicious, and if you splash it with some o’ that mustard…you will be so happy. Be careful though, that mustard tastes like fresh hot horseradish cut with spicy mustard; it will get the nasal passages flowing.” —Katie A.
10. Cincinnati chili (not your regular kind of chili) from Cincinnati, OH
Yeah, we know. It doesn’t look like chili so just chill.
What locals say: “Simply the best!!! Cincinnatians know this is how you do chili. The combo of pasta, juicy sweet and savory chili, and cheese piled up to an elevation so high you need to take a deep breath is how I want to eat all day errrry day.” —Morgan J.
A 6 pack is $15. Order here on Amazon.
What locals say: “I just picked up a pot of your Carrot Cake Jam at King Arthur on our VT vacation last week. I’m so sad I only picked up one… It’s seriously *the* best jam I’ve ever had.” —Bonnie W.
14. Beef jerky from Brooklyn Biltong, NY
What locals say: “Brooklyn Biltong is my jam. It’s jam-packed with flavor. Each batch I’ve gotten has been absolutely incredible. The flavors, spices, and saltiness level are spot on. It’s everything your biltong-heart could ever biltong-wish for. Thank you, Brooklyn Biltong, for coming into my life.” —JeremyPlease
What locals say: “Finding Lobster in South Dakota is not easy. We typically use Amazon, but for Lobster we go to Hancock. We have been buying from Hancock for years on holidays and special occasions. We’re from Maine and fairly picky about good seafood and Hancock is outstanding.” —Catherine J.
Prices start at $75. Order here.
What locals say: “When I took a bite of my sandwich, I was stunned. I’m not a huge fan of pastrami, but after that bite, I became a believer! The pastrami is cut thicker – which I love – than what I’ve had before, and it was so perfect! Pastrami can usually come off as too salty, but not this – all the seasonings were just right!” —Alesia C.
Knishes start at $10, pastrami at $35. Order here.
17. Unexpectedly tasty flavors of ice cream from Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, OH
What locals say: “I can’t believe I’m dying for their ice-cream while I was trembling in snow cold wind. Yes that’s how good they are!” —Millie H.
Some flavors include salted peanut butter with chocolate flecks and ylang ylang & fennel. Each pint is $12. Order here.
What locals say: “As a southern girl born and raised, I’ve consumed a cat life’s worth of biscuits. I thought I knew where to go to fulfill this primal need. I was wrong. Now I’m going to have to drive 5 hours just to get my hands on Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit. And it’s going to be totally worth it.” —Ellie L.
Prices start at $20. Order here.
What locals say: “Love love love this coffee!!!! I have been searching for some good slow roasted coffee, and I definitely found it!” —Cora Edmonds
For lovers of Vietnamese-style coffee. Each 3 pack is $59. Order here.
What locals say: “It is all delicious. The cake truffles are addictive. I got the chocolate malt cake, birthday cake, and strawberry shortcake for my birthday and it personally made my birthday. Even their coffee is amazing.” —Christina P.
Prices start at $5.25. Order here.
What locals say: “The Apple Pie in a Paper Bag is a thing of beauty. The apple pie alone is out of this world, but when that sugar crystallizes in that crust, something phenomenal happens. I’m always scraping the crust off the paper bag it’s so good.” —Joseph W.
Pies start at $20. Order here.
What locals say: “Wandered around the waterfront and made our way over to Olympia Provisions. Score. The Hot Cappicola and Olympia Mary are absolutely amazing. A treat for the senses. Make your way here whether it’s a short walk or a pilgrimage. —Drew M.
Prices start at $10. Order here.
30. Nut butters from Big Spoon Roasters, NC
What locals say: “I want to be buried in Chai Spice Peanut Butter when I die…” —Mark L.
Jars are $10 each. Order here.
What locals say: “Without a doubt, the Sea Salt Caramel Chocolate Chip cookie is the best cookie I’ve ever eaten. All the cookies I’ve had are gooey on the inside and crispy on the outside. I visit T-Rex Cookies to try new cookies (and all are amazing!), but I always end up leaving with at least one Sea Salt Caramel Chocolate Chip.” —Ana K.
Get a 10 pack for $60. Order here.
What locals say: “One of my favorite places in all of NYC. I have been here many times over the years. I like the food, the vibe, the decor, the music, simply everything about this place. This place never disappoints. My favorite is the bee sting. It’s just about the best pizza on earth.” —Patrick N.
Starts at $69. Order here.
35. Kouign-amans from Les Madeleines, UT
What locals say: “Aaaah the Kouign Aman. Basically our reason for living if you’ve had it. I’ve had them elsewhere, but no one compares to Les Madelines. It’s so crunchy, gooey and flavorful. Just thinking about it, I’m salivating. ” —Danielle F.
Packages start at $50. Order here.
37. Boozy ice cream from Tipsy Scoop, NY
What locals say: “I had tipsy scoop cater my holiday party this year…and oh man was it a hit. They came over and made a whole little section that really gave my party an extra kick. The egg nog bourbon was delicious. I will order again.” —Nick H.
Packs start at $36. Order here.