When a family traveling across the country steps out of their minivan and into a mom-and-pop diner, they’re likely to find some classic comfort food: biscuits and gravy, burgers, maybe meatloaf. But something on the menu might stop them in their tracks—what is that?
Throughout the country, different regions and towns have specialties they are proud to call their own. Some of them, like Chicago deep-dish pizza and Buffalo wings, have spread far and wide. Others are beloved by locals and only discovered by the occasional tourist.
Regional staples open up a wealth of opportunities for national account operators. One branch could menu a unique ingredient or dish from the area to drive local traffic. If it takes off, maybe it can become a signature item throughout the chain.
Not all culinary teams have the time to take a road trip across the states, so we’re going to provide a tour of some local favorites throughout the country.