I always pack a small collapsible cooler with some freezer ice packs "just in case." I found this site today and up until now, thought I was the only one who craved the tastes of the past places I have lived. Glad to know I'm in good company. What a great site. I now live in Los Angeles.
Arcade, New York (Western New York State)...
Cheese curds, salt rising bread (The Country Oven, Rushford, NY... they will ship), Weber's Horseradish Mustard, Grandma Brown's Baked Beans, Nancy's Mustard and Wing Sauce, Jane's Krazy Mixed-Up Salt.
Some things just don't travel well. I always have to get "the best" Beef on Weck at The Beef 'n Barrel in Olean, NY.
As for wings, I've never had bad Buffalo wings in the Western New York area but I know most of you foodies have your favorite places. (Warning: never order Buffalo wings in Los Angeles. Most are battered or breaded and served with ranch dressing. Not a stick of celery or blue cheese to be found. Sinful!)
And of course, a Friday night fishfry.
Smoked fish from Jimbo's on Key Biscayne. The ultimate in Roadfood. Not for the timid. All they serve is canned beer and sodas and smoked fish by the pound. Great people watching.
Stone crabs, Badia Spices (a Miami company selling great spices at a fraction of the price of national companies, available at Publix in Miami).
Tuna dip from Carlos & Pepes on 17th Street Causeway. (anyone have the recipe? I've come really close and beg for it each time I go back. They say it cannot be given away. I even offered to pay for it :( )