When people think Massachusetts, they think Cape Cod or Boston. They think vacation. They think about the ocean. Food might be on their minds, but usually it’s New England Clam Chowder or lobster. We think it’s sad that so many people come to Southern Massachusetts without stopping to consider the many varieties of food for which locals know it best! Here are a few of the best foods you should try while you’re vacationing in Southern Massachusetts!
- Blueberry Muffins. These are distinctly New England — when prepared on the griddle — but most people who visit have no idea. If you’re in Massachusetts looking for breakfast foods, you won’t have to look far: almost every diner or cafe will have some form of “griddled” blueberry muffins. The muffin halves will be crispy and well-buttered and you’ll definitely be back for more before you leave.
- Fluffernutter. If you’re one of the blasphemers who don’t know what a fluffernutter is, then there’s no better place but Southern Massachusetts to enjoy the peanut butter and fluff masterpiece — because it was invented right here. Many restaurants will serve their own variations of the delicious sandwich.
- Apple Cider Donuts. If you’re a southern transplant from the north, then you’ll be terrified when autumn comes around and no one knows what apple cider donuts are. The northern phenomenon is best appreciated fresh from a local farm, so look around and you’ll surely find the fall treat before long. Plus, fall is one of the best times to visit because of the extra color.
- Baked Beans. Enough said.
- Kettle Cooked Cape Cod Potato Chips. It’s a shame they’re not in most other places, but while you’re in the neighborhood be sure to grab a bag or two for the road.
- Saltwater Taffy. No trip anywhere in New England is complete without stopping for saltwater taffy.
- Lobster Rolls. New England states each have their own twist on the crowd favorite, and Massachusetts is no exception. Enjoy yours steaming hot and dripping in mayo or butter.
- Grapeseed Custard Cones. You might have to fight a little harder to find this old-fashioned favorite, but the inevitable taste bud fulfillment is worth the search. Check local ice cream parlors and you might find this kind of custard.
- Scrod. If you’ve never tried baked and stuffed scrod — it’s a type of fish — then you’re in for a treat. Take a pass on the shrimp, scallops, or lobster and try scrod instead. It’s a classic, usually soaked in butter and seasoned with breadcrumbs.