The Relish Local Favorites Sweepstakes

Regional Food
February 28, 2014

Enter to win $100 to when you tell us your favorite local eatery.

Local Favorites Sweepstakes

At Relish, we revere local businesses and eateries that put good food first and by doing so, are able to reinforce cultural identity and pride in their patrons. They are the reason we want bagels in New York City, crawfish in Louisiana and Hoosier pie in Indiana.

To celebrate their contributions, we’ve teamed up with the fine folks over at for a sweepstakes honoring YOUR local favorites. All you need to do is “Like” Relish Magazine on Facebook, fill out a quick form (in case you win!) and tell us about your favorite hometown stop.

Five randomly selected winners will win $100 gift certificates to The establishment, business or artisan with the most entries will be featured on


To help inspire you to recall your favorites, here are a few choice local joints from the Goldbely staff. Best part? All of the items listed below can be ordered through and shipped right to your door. Yes—even the fresh-out-of-the-oven loaves of bread.

Salt Lick Bar-B-Que

Salt Lick

Located: Driftwood, TX

The roots of Salt Lick Bar-B-Que run back to Mississippi in the mid-1800s. Scott Roberts, the current owner of the Salt Lick, had a great-grandmother, Bettie Howard, who came to this land from Desoto, Miss. in 1867. On the trip by wagon train to Driftwood, Bettie barbecued meat by searing it and then slow-cooking it over coals—the same method the family uses today.

Rappahannock River Oysters


Located: Topping, VA

Established in 1899 by a young James Croxton, Rappahannock River Oysters + Clams has gone from serving local dinner tables to supplying some of the world’s finest restaurants. Their incredibly fresh and tasty bivalves are all native to the Chesapeake Bay, which for centuries has been exalted for its seafood.

Boudin Bakery 

Boudin Bakery

Located: San Francisco, CA

In 1849, the Boudin family struck culinary gold. Wild yeasts in the San Francisco air had imparted a unique tang to their traditional French bread, giving rise to “San Francisco sourdough French bread.” Today, the Boudin family’s original recipe lives on in the hands and hearts of their expert bakers, with a portion of the very first mother dough still starting each and every sourdough loaf that is made. From a tiny, old-world bakery on San Francisco’s Dupont Street, Boudin has emerged as San Francisco’s oldest continuously running company.

William Greenberg Desserts

Black and White Cookies

Located: New York, NY

A beloved classic since 1946, New Yorkers are fiercely loyal to this quintessential local delight—it’s been voted the “Best of New York” and even Jerry Seinfeld knows the best way to eat them: by getting some black and some white in every bite. “Nothing mixes better than vanilla and chocolate,” says Jerry, explaining the delicate art of eating these cake-like treasures in Seinfeld episode 74.

More stops we love at Relish…

When it comes to America’s best-known eateries, there are famous restaurants and then there are the truly iconic ones. In the former group, you’ll find six-month-long reservation waiting lists and more celebrity chefs than the Food Network has time to program. In the latter category are the legendary American eateries that transcend both time and geography. The kind of restaurants, like New York City’s 21 Club, that are brand names unto themselves—world-renowned dining destinations with famed menu items and tales of many memorable diners who have patronized them in the past. Here are just a few of them—our picks for the 10 Most Iconic Restaurants in America.

By Jennifer M. Wood

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Truth be told, there’s never a bad time to wax lovingly about (or consume vast amounts of) chocolate. But with Valentine’s Day approaching, February seems to be a particularly appropriate month to pay serious tribute to the cacao bean in its many rendered forms, from truffle to bar and everything in between. But when it comes to counting down the country’s best chocolates, you won’t find any convenience store chocolates on this list.

For honest-to-goodness artisan chocolate, we’re going straight to the source: the chocolate shops that only deal in the kind of delectables made from scratch and with lots of love. So as you prepare for the most chocolatey of holidays (Nielsen estimates Americans purchase approximately 58 million pounds of chocolate in the days leading up to February 14th), consider satisfying your sweet tooth at one of our picks for America’s 10 Best Chocolate Shops.

—By Jennifer M. Wood

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Utter the word “coffeehouse” and the first image that comes to mind is likely to be the dark wood interiors and white and green cups of a certain mega-chain that rhymes with “Shmarbucks.” But coffee existed long before that omnipotent Seattle-based corporation was blending up venti Frappuccinos. And coffeehouses—those (hopefully) comfy and casual cafes where you can plug in, rock out, socialize or simply kick back with a cup of joe—have been around for more than 450 years. (The first, Kiva Han, opened in Constantinople in know, in case it ever comes up on Jeopardy or something.) 

From the historic to the totally nerdy, here are 10 Must-Visit Coffee Shops to get your next caffeine fix.

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Thin crust, deep dish. Square, round. Red, white. Cheese-filled, meat-topped. When it comes to pizza, everyone has got a favorite—favorite city, favorite restaurant, favorite topping(s), favorite style. And though it’s a meal that originated in Naples, Italy, Americans have claimed it as our unofficial national dish. In fact, we’ve even dedicated an entire month to honoring pizza in its many forms and preparations. This month, in fact.

In celebration of National Pizza Month, Relish is taking a photo tour of pizza across America—a cross-country culinary expedition to uncover long-loved pies and legends in the (brick-oven) making. Plus, get some tips on how to make the perfect pizza at home!

—By Jennifer M. Wood

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Summer is a season jam-packed with beloved traditions: school vacation, beach days and swimming holes among them. And one of America’s greatest culinary contributions has a distinct, warm-weather air about it, too: the ice cream shop. 

Whether your tastes run toward a scoop of vanilla in a vintage setting or wasabi-dusted soft serve from a food truck, Relish has searched the country and waded our way through hundreds of flavors to serve up our picks for America’s Very Best Ice Cream Shops.   

—By Jennifer M. Wood

America's Very Best Ice Cream Shops

As summer heats up, cool down with a scoop, sandwich or sundae from one of these 10 fantastic shops.


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