This article is the second installment of a five-part series on foods you must have in summer. Over the next three weeks, we'll be rolling out a new story on a specific region of the U.S. each week, so be sure to check back for the latest every Friday. We couldn't include a mention of every local food and eatery, but we would love to hear about your personal favorites in the comments below.
Popular regional foods often come with a tale or two on the side—especially in the historical mid-Atlantic region. From spirited immigrants who reinvented Old World classics to trendy city shops serving gourmet versions of childhood desserts, the legends behind these classic East Coast favorites are almost as pleasing as the foods themselves. Best enjoyed (and often only served) during summer, the following mid-Atlantic staples are as storied as they are scrumptious. Here are eight celebrated eats to enjoy on your summer vacation in the mid-Atlantic.