Boston vs. St. Louis Showdown: Specialty Foods for the World Series

The boys in red take on the other boys in red in a fierce battle for the 2013 World Series. And while we’re enjoying watching the nail-biting series play out, a bigger, bolder battle is at stake: Which city has the best food?


Full discretion: I was born and raised in the St. Louis area, practically surviving on Cardinal’s baseball and Ted Drewes frozen custard. So forgive me if I’m partial to my Midwest roots. But if you’re planning a World Series watch party, or just eager to see what St. Louisan and Bostonion cuisine has to offer, be sure to get your hands on these signature, regional bites and try them for yourself while the St. Louis Cardinals and the Boston Red Sox face off in the 2013 World Series.

St. Louis-Style Eats

All About the T-Ravs

If you have ever been to the St. Louis area, or know someone who is from the St. Louis area, you’ve probably heard about toasted ravioli. And yes, it’s exactly as it sounds – meat or cheese ravioli (like the pasta), battered, breaded and deep-fried. Served with a side of warm marinara sauce, “T-ravs,” as they’re affectionately called in the area, make for the perfect game day appetizer.

If you can’t find them in the frozen section of your grocery store (hint: this basically goes for anyone outside of the Midwest), try making your own version from the recipe found on The Food Network.

St. Louis-Style Pizza

You know Chicago-style pizza as the decadent, buttery deep-dish masterpiece, and New York-style with its sweet sauce and super-thin crust, but have you ever had St. Louis-style pizza? It’s made from Provel cheese, a provolone-cheddar-Swiss combo and local favorite, and served in a thin crust and cut into squares. Imo's is always best, but you can make your best homemade version with this recipe from Food.com.

Gooey Butter Cake

If you thought deep fried pasta and cheese-smothered cheese wasn’t artery clogging enough, try making a gooey butter cake. The ingredients are basically butter, sugar, more butter and some cream cheese (or something), but the finished dessert is pure perfection. The recipe is pretty simple to make too, with just a few ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen – assuming you’re a butter aficionado. Paula Deen has a quick recipe, natch.

Local Brewskies

St. Louis is the home of Anheuser-Busch and the sporting favorite Budweiser. But while Budwieser and it’s lighter counterpart Bud Light aren’t exactly craft beers, they are classic sporting event sippers.

For a pickier palette, sip on a Schlafly, if you’re lucky enough to get your hands on it. The Oktoberfest is a perfect seasonal brew for a major October event.

Bostonian Bites

Baked Beans

Who knew that baked beans originated in the East Coast town? They’ve been a BBQ staple for seemingly ever, but the Boston recipe is specifically made a slow cooker includes more molasses. Make a big batch for the game – you can’t go wrong. Get the recipe from Chow.com.

Clam Chowder

A taste of seafood is always a must for Boston fare, so it’s no surprise clam chowder is on the list of Boston originals. Made with potatoes, fresh leeks and yummy bacon, this thick comfort food is sure to please a big crowd. About.com has Emeril's savory recipe here.

Boston Cream Pie

It wouldn't be a celebration of Boston food without the chocolaty, savory treat that's Boston Cream Pie. The signature dessert is actually a cake, but the soft cake, creamy filling and rich icing make this treat irresistible. Get the recipe from Country Living

Samuel Adams Beer

Bostons' best-known beer has to be Samuel Adams, a big-name brew that's loved by beer drinkers nationwide . While Sam Adams Boston Lager is its flagship beer, the Octoberfest is still very popular this time of year. Perfect for watching the World Series.

So make some of these signature recipes this year for the World Series, and let us know: Which city has the better food? 

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