25 Delicious Dishes From Around the World

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Chocolate Babka (Isaac's Bakery, Brooklyn)

Chocolate Babka (Isaac's Bakery, Brooklyn)

The babka at Isaac’s is as beautiful as it is delicious: geologic swirls of sweetened dark chocolate and chocolate chips eddy around layers of doubled and twisted brioche dough under a dusting of streusel. Babka is thought to have gained its name thanks to its pan’s resemblance to a grandmother’s skirts, but its rich sweetness has an awful lot in common with a nana’s hug.  960 1280

  

Margherita Pizza (Di Fara Pizza, Brooklyn)

Margherita Pizza (Di Fara Pizza, Brooklyn)

Across the street from Isaac’s, Domenico DeMarco has spent half a century making every last one of his pies; Di Fara Pizza is closed when he’s not there. The most decadent thing about his classic margherita pizza (made with tomato sauce, mozzarella, Parmigiano-Reggiano, olive oil, and fresh basil) could be the time it takes to acquire it; pizza-lovers have been known to wait more than two hours for a slice.  960 1280

  

Giant Family Seafood Platter (Blue Fish, Sydney, Australia)

Giant Family Seafood Platter (Blue Fish, Sydney, Australia)

If you find yourself unable to settle on a single offering at Darling Harbour’s Blue Fish, you can take a deep breath, tie on an extra-large bib and choose them all. This two-tiered, fresh-caught feast includes oysters, steamed mussels, Queensland tiger prawns, “Moreton Bay Bugs” (known to non-locals as slipper lobster), barbecued king prawns, crumbed prawns, octopus, calamari and squid—topped with a Western Australian Rock Lobster Mornay, Atlantic salmon, and barramundi. If you’re worried that you’ve depopulated the sea, rest easy: restaurateur Glenn Boyland is committed to preserving local marine life and purchases sustainable stock from Sydney fish markets.  960 1280

  

Pavlova (City Extra, Sydney, Australia)

Pavlova (City Extra, Sydney, Australia)

"Although one may fail to find happiness in theatrical life,” the Russian prima ballerina Anna Pavlova once said, "one never wishes to give it up after having once tasted its fruits." Pavlova toured Australia and New Zealand in 1926, and the airy concoction bearing her name has pirouetted across dessert menus Down Under ever since. City Extra’s Pavlova has a hard meringue shell that gives way to a chewy interior; it’s costumed with strawberries, passionfruit, banana and cream.  960 1280

  

Khai Jiao (Raan Jay Fai, Bangkok, Thailand)

Khai Jiao (Raan Jay Fai, Bangkok, Thailand)

Foodies queue along Maha Chai Road in Bangkok’s Old City for a taste of Jay “Auntie with a Mole” Fai's celebrated crab omelet (khai jiao). After whipping generous lumps of crab meat with egg and fish sauce, Jay Fai forms a cylinder with spatulas and a few flips; with a quick fry over a coal fire, she gives the omelet’s surface a regal golden exterior (known as “wok hei,” the je ne sais quoi flavor achieved by cooking with a wok over high heat). No wonder she’s been called the "Mozart of the Wok."  960 1280

  

Pad Thai (Pad Thai Thip Samai, Bangkok, Thailand)

Pad Thai (Pad Thai Thip Samai, Bangkok, Thailand)

Like Raan Jay Fai, Thip Samai sprouts a tail of several dozen hungry patrons-to-be as soon as it raises it gate each afternoon. Lovers of Thip Samai’s pad thai—sun-dried rice noodles, shrimp and egg stir-fried to smoky-sweet perfection with tamarind, palm sugar and fish sauce, then garnished with cilantro, chilies, bean sprouts and lime wedges—report that it dishes up the best version in Thailand. 960 1280

  

Soft-Shell Crab (Captain James Landing, Baltimore)

Soft-Shell Crab (Captain James Landing, Baltimore)

This Charm City delicacy looks a bit like a crab wearing a sandwich because, well, that’s exactly what it is. In Maryland eateries, soft-shell crab (caught just after they’ve molted, when they have yet to harden up) appears much as it does when it’s hauled out of the Chesapeake. At Captain James Landing, it’s battered and deep fried, then served shell, claws and all.  960 1280

  

Suppli al Telefono (Supplizio, Rome, Italy)

Suppli al Telefono (Supplizio, Rome, Italy)

Suppli al telefono, or "telephone wires," refers to the luxurious strands of mozzarella that ooze out of the deep-fried risotto croquettes at Supplizio, a small-plates bistro near Piazza Navona in the historic center of Rome. Suppli are often served as the prelude to a pizza, but they could easily constitute a (rather magnificent) all-aperitivo meal. 960 1280

  

Quesillo (Quesillos El Pipe, Managua, Nicaragua)

Quesillo (Quesillos El Pipe, Managua, Nicaragua)

For Nicaraguans, quesillo is both an ingredient (a fresh, yogurt-like cheese that’s boiled and salted) and a street food; at Quesillos El Pipe, a roadside eatery near the capital city of Managua, the quesillo (which is made on-site) is wrapped in a tortilla, doused with pickled onions and crema, then wrapped and served in a plastic bag. The most delicious convenience food on Earth, or the most convenient delicious food on Earth? Call it a draw. 960 1280

  

Candied-cherry raspado (Raspados Loly's, Managua, Nicaragua)

Candied-cherry raspado (Raspados Loly's, Managua, Nicaragua)

Eloisa Saenz perfected her recipe for dulce de leche served over shaved ice with cubes of panetela (dense cake) more than half a century ago. That achingly sweet dessert, raspado, is a national favorite; Eloisa’s family now serves it at Loly’s locations in Nicaragua and in Miami. “The raspado relleno is to die for,” one American visitor said. “And that could be literal. After consuming it you may die of a sugar overdose.”  960 1280

  

Hot Pepper Chocolate Pie (Arnold's Country Kitchen, Nashville)

Hot Pepper Chocolate Pie (Arnold's Country Kitchen, Nashville)

If you yearn for dessert with a kick to echo the sauce on your barbecue, Arnold’s Country Kitchen has the devilish dish of your dreams; the sweet chocolate-pudding filling in their hot-pepper chocolate pie carries a dash of cayenne pepper. The Arnold clan’s take on a traditional chess pie might sound unorthodox, but they know what they’re doing: They earned a James Beard Foundation Classics Award in 2009. 960 1280

  

Fried Catfish and Hush Puppies (Ezell's Southern Food Express, Birmingham, AL)

Fried Catfish and Hush Puppies (Ezell's Southern Food Express, Birmingham, AL)

Ezell’s Southern Food Express is the proud descendent of Ezell’s Fish Camp, a legendary Depression-era stop for catfish, slaw and hush puppies that started with “a single hook and a fishing line.” Alabama-raised catfish comes to the table at Ezell’s on the bone, breaded and deep-fried, with savory-sweet cornmeal hush puppies—and 80 years and two generations after CA Ezell decided to make a living on the Tombigbee River, it’s still one of the most popular dishes around.  960 1280

  

Pelmeni (Café Glechik, Brooklyn)

Pelmeni (Café Glechik, Brooklyn)

Vadim Tesler named his NYC Ukranian outpost Café Glechik after the traditional clay pots used to serve pelmeni, his succulent meat-stuffed dumplings. This is Brighton Beach comfort food with a pedigree: Vadim’s grandmother and great-grandmother were famous a century ago for catering “the best and the biggest weddings” in Odessa.  960 1280

  

Cheesecake (Junior's Cheesecake, Brooklyn)

Cheesecake (Junior's Cheesecake, Brooklyn)

Junior’s opened its doors at the corner of Flatbush and Dekalb in Brooklyn on Election Day, 1950; it’s been serving the city’s most celebrated cheesecake (hand-mixed with velvety sweetened Philadelphia cream cheese on a sponge cake base, since “it’s a cake, not a pie”) ever since. How many calories are there in a piece of Junior’s c-cake? In the words of J.P. Morgan, if you have to ask, you can’t afford it.  960 1280

  

Biscuits and Gravy (Biscuit Love, Nashville)

Biscuits and Gravy (Biscuit Love, Nashville)

Brunchers in Nashville flock to Biscuit Love for light, fluffy biscuits with all the trimmings. Traditionalists can cover their plates with ham, homemade pork gravy and eggs; early risers with a sweet tooth, in turn, can opt for chocolate gravy à la carte. If you’re feeling especially adventurous, you could attempt both—though you should probably change into sweatpants first.

 

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Victoria Harbor

Victoria Harbor

Victoria Harbor not only provides Hong Kong with amazing views, but also amazing seafood. Much of the city’s delicious cuisine includes fresh fish from these waters. 960 1280

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Typhoon-shelter crab

Typhoon-shelter crab

The typhoon-shelter crab dish served at Hee Kee is made in a cooking style called Bei Feng Tang, which combines chilies, garlic, scallions and the perfect crab. 960 1280

  

Congee

Congee

A bowl of Mui Kee's signature dish, a favorite Chinese breakfast called congee, features fish, fresh meats and broth seasoned with ginger and mandarin peel. 960 1280

  

Zurich

Zurich

Situated along the lake that shares its name, Zurich is a wealth of great food. From chocolate to cheese, you can always find something rich and delicious in Switzerland’s largest city. 960 1280

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Alplermagronen

Alplermagronen

The traditional Swiss meal Alplermagronen consists of macaroni, potato, onion, cheese, cream and apple. It’s like mac-and-cheese casserole with a Swiss twist. 960 1280

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Raclette cheese

Raclette cheese

Raclette cheese is heated until the top has melted, which is then scraped off over potatoes to create a gooey but delicious dish.  960 1280

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St. Louis

St. Louis

This Gateway to the West has come to represent St. Louis since it was completed in 1965. The monument was not initially greeted with a lot of public support, but the promise of new jobs to help construct the arch quickly changed opinions. The arch sits on the west bank of the Mississippi River in downtown St. Louis and is the tallest monument in the Western Hemisphere. 960 1280

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St. Louis-Style Pizza

St. Louis-Style Pizza

You may have heard of New York- or Chicago-style pizza, but there is another city that lays claim to its own spin on the tomato pie. In St. Louis, pizza is built on cracker-thin crusts made without yeast and includes Provel cheese, which is a combination of provolone, Swiss and white cheddar cheeses. 960 1280

  

Pork Steak

Pork Steak

St. Louis natives love barbecue, so it’s no surprise that they take the same cut of meat typically used for pulled pork (pork shoulder) and cook it like a beef steak. This slow-cooked dish is a staple in any St. Louis BBQ restaurant. 960 1280

  

Munich

Munich

The Alps’ peaks provide the perfect backdrop for the Munich city skyline. 960 1280

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Schnitzel

Schnitzel

Usually made from pork, schnitzel is tenderized, battered and fried before being served with a variety of sides, such as potatoes, peppers or a cream sauce. The dish is so popular in Germany that it has found its way into kitchens in other countries via German immigrants and is now enjoyed around the world.  960 1280

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Pretzels

Pretzels

The pretzel is one of the most iconic foods in the world. Be it from a street vendor, ballpark or bakery, this knotted dough can be found almost everywhere. But despite its global accessibility, the pretzel got its start in seclusion, most likely originating in German monasteries during the Middle Ages. 960 1280

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Ramen

Ramen

You can find a heaping bowl of ramen almost anywhere. But you won’t get the real deal unless you are in Tokyo, where the dish has been mastered over centuries. 960 1280

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Tokyo

Tokyo

Known for its electric energy, Tokyo features some exquisitely unique cuisine, from crispy, elegant shrimp tempura to sushi made with jewel-like precision. 960 1280

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Yakitori

Yakitori

At Bird Land restaurant in Tokyo, chef Toshihiro Wada serves up beautiful displays of various yakitori dishes, including skewered chicken parts of all types. 960 1280

  

Florence, Italy

Florence, Italy

The iconic and historic skyline of Florence, Italy 960 1280

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Pasta

Pasta

Perhaps nowhere else in the world can you get fresh pasta as you can in Florence. 960 1280

  

Gelato

Gelato

Gelato served up fresh and delicious from Vivoli in Florence.  960 1280

  

Boston

Boston

The Boston Harbor shining brightly at dusk. 960 1280

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Boston Cream Pie

Boston Cream Pie

The Boston cream pie is one dessert that you can find almost anywhere. But to get the original, you have to go to Boston. 960 1280

  

Boston Baked Beans

Boston Baked Beans

Boston baked beans may be the most recognizable food for a city affectionately nicknamed, Beantown. 960 1280

  

The Acropolis

The Acropolis

The Acropolis in Athens, Greece, with Lycabettus Hill in the background. 960 1280

  

Dolmades

Dolmades

These dolmades, or rolled grape leaves stuffed with rice, herbs, onions and minced meat, are from Taverna Louizidis in Athens, Greece. 960 1280

  

Spanakopita

Spanakopita

A slice of the legendary spanakopita, made from a 100-year-old recipe, at Bougatsadiko Thessaloniki in the Psirri area of Athens, Greece. 960 1280

  

The Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower adds a stunning backdrop for any dining adventure in Paris. 960 1280

  

Macarons

Macarons

A gorgeous gift box of a dozen fresh macarons from Arnaud Larher in Paris. 960 1280

  

Café La Palette

Café La Palette

The fresh bread cart at Café de la Palette in Paris. 960 1280

  

London

London

A skyline view of London’s Financial District and the historic Tower Bridge. 960 1280

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Roast's

Roast's

Roast's traditional Sunday roast is topped with a healthy portion of gravy before being served to hungry customers in London. 960 1280

  

Toff's of Muswell Hill

Toff's of Muswell Hill

Fresh fish and chips are fried and ready to be devoured at Toff's of Muswell Hill. 960 1280

  

New York City

New York City

New York City is a food lover’s paradise. With so many cultural influences, there is always something new and delicious to satisfy your appetite.  960 1280

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John's of Bleecker Street

John's of Bleecker Street

The pizza from John's of Bleecker Street is a New York treat —arguably the best pizza in the city. 960 1280

  

Katz's Delicatessen

Katz's Delicatessen

The legendary pastrami sandwich from Katz's Delicatessen is a must-try for foodies young and old. The New York landmark is the oldest working deli in the United States (since 1888!). 960 1280

  

Bourbon Street, New Orleans

Bourbon Street, New Orleans

Dusk falls over Bourbon Street in the French Quarter of New Orleans. While generally known for its outrageous nightlife (especially during Mardi Gras), NOLA is a food lover’s mecca, with Cajun cuisine inspired by unique local flavors. 960 1280

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The Muffuletta Sandwich

The Muffuletta Sandwich

The muffuletta from Central Grocery is a sandwich with layers of salami, ham, cheese and olive salad that looks almost as good as it tastes. 960 1280

  

Creole Gumbo

Creole Gumbo

The Creole gumbo made by James Beard Award-winning chef Tory McPhail at Commander's Palace in New Orleans is loaded with seafood, sausage, rice and deliciousness. 960 1280

  

Pig's Head Cuban: The Cannibal, Los Angeles and N.Y.C.

Pig's Head Cuban: The Cannibal, Los Angeles and N.Y.C.

With a name like The Cannibal, it shouldn’t be surprising that this butcher-and-beer-based restaurant has a sandwich called the Pig's Head Cuban. Meat lovers will lose their heads over this take on the Caribbean classic with its griddle-pressed pig head terrine with gruyere and pickles. 960 1280

  

Broccoli Classic Sandwich: No. 7, Ace Hotel, N.Y.C.

Broccoli Classic Sandwich: No. 7, Ace Hotel, N.Y.C.

An homage to his favorite childhood sandwich, this hero packed with mom-approved roasted broccoli, and more grown-up ingredients including lychee muchim, feta cheese and fried shallots, is just of No.  7 chef Tyler Kord’s meatless creations. 960 1280

  

Hot Pressed Gelato Sandwich: Bucket & Bay, Jersey City, N.J.

Hot Pressed Gelato Sandwich: Bucket & Bay, Jersey City, N.J.

This artisanal grass-fed milk gelato maker in Jersey City, Bucket & Bay Craft Gelato Co., is already known for mixing things up with their seasonal and spirits infused flavors, such as Strawberry Port and Bourbon Peach. Don’t leave here without trying the Hot Pressed Gelato Sandwich, filled with housemade jam, and served on a French croissant babka roll from neighboring Choc-O-Pain bakery. 960 1280

  

Full-Bellied Pig Sandwich: Café Patachou, Indianapolis, Indiana

Full-Bellied Pig Sandwich: Café Patachou, Indianapolis, Indiana

Toasted wheat bread, peanut butter, strawberry jelly--- reminds you of your childhood lunches, right? What about adding Smoking Goose bacon, fresh jalapeños to that PB&J? This sandwich innovation is what Café Patachou calls this their Full-Bellied Pig Sandwich. 960 1280

  

Grilled Apple Pie With Chicken Chicken: Treylor Park, Savannah, Georgia

Grilled Apple Pie With Chicken Chicken: Treylor Park, Savannah, Georgia

Why wait for desert when you can eat it with your dinner? Savannah’s Treylor Park serves two American favorites simultaneously with its grilled apple pie with chicken sandwich, mixing sweet and savory in one big mouthwatering bite. 960 1280

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Fried Clam and Pig Ear Sandwich: Loyal Nine, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Fried Clam and Pig Ear Sandwich: Loyal Nine, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Loyal Nine offers a creative spin on New England cuisine with its Fried Clam and Pig Ear Sandwich. This local favorite features crispy Vermont Ossabaw bacon, frisée and fried whole-belly clams — shucked right at the restaurant — and battered with IPA, corn meal and corn flour. If that isn’t enough for your taste buds, a fried egg on top is optional. 960 1280

  

Chicken and Waffle Ice Cream Sandwich: Coolhaus Trucks, Los Angeles, California, New York City, N.Y. and Dallas, Texas

Chicken and Waffle Ice Cream Sandwich: Coolhaus Trucks, Los Angeles, California, New York City, N.Y. and Dallas, Texas

We know, you’ve heard of the fried chicken and waffle sandwiches, but this one is filled with ice cream and pressed in two snickerdoodle cookies, too. Ice cream pioneer Coolhaus has mobile trucks in LA, NYC, and Dallas, dishing out this sweet-meets-savory ice cream sandwich that will satisfy all cravings in one bite. 960 1280

  

Swamp Thing: Black Dolphin Inn, New Smyrna Beach, Florida

Swamp Thing: Black Dolphin Inn, New Smyrna Beach, Florida

Swamp Thing … We think we love you. Inspired by Black Dolphin Inn chef’s home state of Florida, The Swamp Thing is BBQ brisket drowning in two local specialties: fried okra and coleslaw. (No crocodiles in this one, we promise.) 960 1280

  

Pulpo Octopus Roll: Boqueria, Washington, D.C. and N.Y.C.

Pulpo Octopus Roll: Boqueria, Washington, D.C. and N.Y.C.

Boqueria takes the lobster roll and replaces it with octopus, and adds some Spanish flare! Made with 3 ounces of cooked octopus, the Pulpo Roll is packed with celery, purple and white cabbage, jalepeno, pickled red onions, spicy pimenton de la vera, citrus aioli, salt and lemon, all on a potato bun. 960 1280

  

Banh Mi: Mercantile and Mash, Charleston, S.C.

Banh Mi: Mercantile and Mash, Charleston, S.C.

Gourmet food emporium Mercantile and Mash plays with the Vietnamese Banh Mi sandwich with its Charleston version that includes Hoisin pork belly, chicken liver mousse, carrots, radish, jalapenos and cucumbers. 960 1280

  

Malted Waffle Sandwich: The Normal Diner, Tempe, Arizona

Malted Waffle Sandwich: The Normal Diner, Tempe, Arizona

For those breakfasts when you just can’t decide what you want, order the Malted Waffle Sandwich at (not-so) Normal Diner in Graduate Tempe hotel. Ham steak, scrambled egg and aged cheddar are sandwiched between two malted waffles. Even better? This all-in-one breakfast sandwich is served all day at this re-imagined American diner. 960 1280

  

Reindeer Sandwhich: Embers Ski Lodge, Nashville, Tennessee

Reindeer Sandwhich: Embers Ski Lodge, Nashville, Tennessee

Reindeer in a bun? Apres-ski-inspired Embers Ski Lodge is known for its 50/50 Remix sandwich that comes with an even mix of reindeer meat (flown in from Alaska!) and Andouille sausage, along with sautéed red peppers and onions, served in a toasted New England-style hot dog bun. 960 1280

  

Charmery’s Ice Cream Donut Sandwich: Baltimore, Maryland

Charmery’s Ice Cream Donut Sandwich: Baltimore, Maryland

There’s nothing old school about this ice cream sandwich. Baltimore’s Charmery partners with Center Cut Doughnuts to create this ice cream concoction: a Challah-nut donut, stuffed with Malty Chip ice cream, balsamic glazed strawberries and hot fudge. 960 1280

  

Tequila-Infused Surf and Turf: Barley Mash, San Diego, California

Tequila-Infused Surf and Turf: Barley Mash, San Diego, California

Barley Mash, a San Diego restaurant that integrates bar staples beer and bourbon into their cuisine, offers an alcohol-infused Surf & Turf "Between the Buns" sandwich. Their signature spin on the Surf & Turf includes a grilled beef patty, cream cheese, añejo tequila 'n' butter-poached Maine lobster meat, baby arugula, whiskey-caramelized onions and white truffle aioli. 960 1280

  

Pierogi Melt: Melt Bar and Grilled, Cleveland, Ohio

Pierogi Melt: Melt Bar and Grilled, Cleveland, Ohio

Cheese lovers will devour Melt Bar and Grilled's Parmageddon: A monster melt stuffed with sharp cheddar, Napa vodka kraut, two potato and cheese pierogies, and sautéed onions. This grilled cheese creation is named after owner Matt Fish's hometown, Parma, Ohio. 960 1280

  

I Heart Mac and Cheese Sandwich: Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

I Heart Mac and Cheese Sandwich: Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

What could be more comforting that a dish of Mac and Cheese smothered in bread? I Heart Mac & Cheese, a fast-casual concept by Chef Michael Blum, pays homage to the comfort food with limitless made-to-order combinations and toppings (hello, Black Truffle Salt.) There's even a mac & grilled cheese-baked sandwich filled with starchy/cheesy goodness. 960 1280

  

Muffuletta: Central Grocery, New Orleans, Louisiana

Muffuletta: Central Grocery, New Orleans, Louisiana

Home of the original Muffuletta, New Orlean’s Central Grocery created this legendary sammie in 1906, in order to make a traditional Sicilian lunch more portable. Versions of this old-world creation, a round sesame bun stuffed with layers of salami, ham, cheese, marinated olives and pickled vegetables, can now be found all over the country, but you need to taste the original, right? Right. 960 1280

  

Brain Sandwich: Schottzie's, St. Louis, Missouri

Brain Sandwich: Schottzie's, St. Louis, Missouri

Once a popular, inexpensive delicacy in St. Louis’ days of being a meatpacking mecca, cow’s brain sandwiches are nowadays not as easy to find. Andrew Zimmern tracked down of the last places still serving brains sandwiches (now made with pork) in St. Louis, Schottzie’s, for a taste of the old-time organ meat treat. 960 1280

  

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