List of foods and drinks named after places
Lists of foods named after places have been compiled by writers, sometimes on travel websites or food-oriented websites, as well as in books.
Since all of these names are words derived from place names, they are all toponyms. This article covers English language food toponyms which may have originated in English or other languages.
According to Delish.com, "[T]here's a rich history of naming foods after cities, towns, countries, and even the moon."
- 1 Foods
- 2 Cheese names
- 3 Drinks
- 4 Nations or national groups
- 5 See also
- 6 Notes
The following foods and drinks were named after places. This list does not include cheeses, which are also separately listed. Food names are listed by country of the origin of the word, not necessarily where the food originated or was thought to have originated:
- Australian meat pie, essentially identical to New Zealand meat pie and similar to steak pie of the United Kingdom; a hand-sized meat pie filled with largely diced or minced meat, gravy, sometimes onion, mushrooms, or cheese.
- Boston bun — the name's origin is unknown; nor is it known which city the "large round yeast bun with pink or white icing" is named after: Boston, Massachusetts, in the United States, Boston in the United Kingdom, or some other Boston (there appears to be no place named "Boston" in Australia, and the nearest place of that name is Boston, Davao Oriental, in the Philippines. The name may not be a toponym at all if it originated from something else named "Boston" (see Boston (disambiguation))
- Monte Carlo — the brand name of an Australian cookie (or "biscuit") named after Monte Carlo
- Sydney rock oyster — an edible oyster found in Australia and New Zealand; known as the New Zealand rock oyster in that country.
- New Zealand meat pie — see Australian meat pie in "Australia" section, above
- New Zealand rock oyster — an edible oyster found in Australia and New Zealand; known as the Sydney rock oyster in Australia.
- Aberdeen Angus — cattle breed native to the Aberdeenshire and Angus regions of Scotland
- Arbroath Smokie — a type of smoked haddock; a speciality of the town of Arbroath in Angus, Scotland
- Bakewell tart
- Banbury cake
- Bath bun — Bath
- Bath Oliver biscuit — Bath
- Bedfordshire clanger
- Black Forest gateau the name in the United Kingdom for a dessert known in the United States and Australia as "Black Forest cake"; originally from Germany, where it is known as Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte — named after the Black Forest (Schwarzwald in German).
- Bombay duck, a kind of fish — Bombay, old name for Mumbai, coastal city in western India
- Chelsea bun — from Chelsea in London
- Chorley cake — flattened, fruit-filled pastry cakes, traditionally associated with the town of Chorley in Lancashire, England; a close relative of the Eccles cake.
- Cumberland sausage
- Cornish Pasty
- Dover sole — a fish named after Dover
- Dundee Cake
- Eccles cake — from Eccles, Greater Manchester, England
- Kendal Mint Cake — from Kendal, England
- Lancashire hotpot
- Liverpool Tart
- Manchester tart
- Melton Mowbray pork pie
- Pontefract Cakes — from Pontefract, Yorkshire
- Traditional Grimsby smoked fish
- Turkish Delight — The candy originated in Turkey, but the name came from an unknown Briton who shipped it home.
- Ulster fry
- Welsh rarebit — A cheese and herb sauce drizzled over hot bread or toast; probably originating from Welsh peasants.
- Yorkshire pudding — from Yorkshire; also known as "Dripping pudding".
- Welsh cake
British brands named after places
- Jaffa Cakes — a brand of snack food in the United Kingdom introduced by McVitie and Price in 1927 and named after Jaffa oranges.
- Worcestershire Sauce — Created in the early 19th century, when Lord Sandys asked John Lea and William Perrins to attempt to recreate a sauce Sandys had tasted during his travels in Bengal. They failed, but after storing the jars, they found they'd hit upon their own sauce, and it turned out to be a success of a different kind ever since.
- Buxton - a British brand of mineral water from the spring in Buxton, Derbyshire.
- Anaheim pepper — a mild variety of chili pepper derived from seeds brought to the Anaheim, California, area in the early 1900s; also called "California chili peppers" and "Magdalena peppers".
- Baked Alaska — named in 1876 to celebrate the purchase of the Alaska territory when this dessert was created at Delmonico's restaurant in New York City.
- Beef Manhattan, a dish consisting of roast beef and gravy
- Black Forest Cake also its name in Australia and Canada but known as "Black Forest gateau" in the United Kingdom; originally from Germany, where it is known as Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte — named after the Black Forest (Schwarzwald in German).
- Bologna sausage, commonly known as "Bologna" or "baloney" — named after Bologna, Italy
- Boston baked beans
- Boston Cream Pie — named after the city in which it was invented. French chef Sanzian's bake staff created the dessert at Parker's Restaurant in Parker House Hotel (also the home of the Parker House roll). The dish is the official state dessert of Massachusetts.
- Brunswick stew — the origin of the dish is in question, with competing claims made not only for the town of Brunswick, Georgia, in Brunswick County, Virginia, but even Braunschweig, Germany.
- Buffalo Wings —The City of Buffalo, New York's website states, the "chicken wings originated in the kitchen of the Anchor Bar in 1964, devised and served by owner Teressa Bellissimo herself."
- California roll —"Most sources credit Ichiro Mashita, sushi chef at Los Angeles's Tokyo Kaikan (one of the first sushi bars in L.A.) with creating the beloved California roll in the 1970s," according to Lauren Donaldson of the Delish website.
- Coney Island hot dog — named after Coney Island, New York, but apparently invented in the Midwest of the USA.
- Frankfurter — a name for hot dogs; taken from Frankfurt, Germany, where pork sausages called Frankfurter Würstchen originated, similar to hot dogs (and also have been served in a bun).
- Hamburger — named after Hamburg, Germany
- Java, slang for coffee — from island in Indonesia
- Kansas City strip steak, an alternate name for strip steak in the United States (where "New York strip steak" is also used) and in Canada
- Key Lime — from the Florida Keys where it has been grown; also known as West Indian lime, Bartender's lime, Omani lime, or Mexican lime,
- Korean tacos — fusion dish popular in California, consisting of a Korean-style filling placed on a small traditional Mexican tortilla. Korean burritos are a similar dish, using larger flour tortillas as a wrap.
- Lebanon bologna — a type of cured, smoked, fermented, semi-dry sausage. Originating with the Pennsylvania Dutch, it was named for the Lebanon Valley of Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, where it is most commonly produced.
- London broil — a North American name; "[W]e hear London residents remain largely unaware of the dish, Lauren Donaldson wrote on the Delish website.
- Manhattan clam chowder
- Maxwell Street Polish — kielbasa (also known as "Polish sausage") with grilled onions and yellow mustard and optional sport peppers on a bun; named not after Maxwell Street in Chicago but the Maxwell Street Market there.
- Mississippi Mud Pie — Mississippi mud pie is a chocolate-based dessert pie that is likely to have originated in the US state of Mississippi.
- Mongolian beef — a dish served in Chinese-American restaurants; aside from the beef, none of the ingredients or the preparation methods are drawn from traditional Mongolian cuisine.
- Neapolitan ice cream — an ice cream made of chocolate, vanilla and strawberry together; term first used in the United States.
- Neapolitan sauce (US and elsewhere) — the collective name given (outside Italy, particularly in the United States) to various basic tomato-based sauces derived from Italian cuisine, often served over pasta and then sprinkled with grated Parmesan cheese. In Italy, ragù napoletano (also called ragù alla napoletana in Italian, rraù in Neapolitan) is a popular sauce.
- New York-style cheesecake
- New York-style pizza
- New York-style bagel
- New York-style pastrami
- New York strip steak, an alternate name for Strip steak in the United States (where "Kansas City strip steak" is also used) and Canada
- Philadelphia cheesesteak —Invented in Philadelphia, although competing restaurants have competing stories about its origins. According to one account, Pat Olivieri of Pat's King of Steaks, created the steak sandwich in 1930, but without adding cheese to it. Some contend that a rival store, Geno's Steaks, first added the cheese in the 1960s.
- St. Paul sandwich — originally found in Chinese American restaurants in St. Louis, Missouri, and consisting of an egg foo young patty served with non-Chinese condiments between two slices of white bread. The origin of the name may have something to do with St. Paul, Minnesota, another Midwestern U.S. city.
- Spanish rice — a side dish made from white rice and other ingredients, and a part of Southwestern U.S. cuisine. The name is not used in either Spain or Mexico.
- Texas Toast —invented in Texas, although accounts of its origins there vary.
- Virginia peanut — named after the U.S. state
American brands named after places
- Blenheim Ginger Ale — bottled by Blenheim Bottlers originally in Blenheim, South Carolina.
- MoonPie — created in 1917 by the Chattanooga Bakery. One of the company's salesmen spoke with coal miners who said they needed a filling snack when they couldn't stop for lunch, and when asked how big the snack should be, a miner is said to have framed the moon with his hands.
- Fig Newton — named after the nearby town of Newton by the company that first created it in Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.
Barbecue named after American places
- St. Louis-style barbecue — originated in St. Louis, Missouri
- Kansas City-style barbecue — originated in Kansas City, Missouri
- Santa Maria Style Barbecue — a regional culinary tradition rooted in the Santa Maria Valley in Santa Barbara County on the Central Coast of California.
- Texas styles of barbecue: East Texas, Central Texas, South Texas, and West Texas styles
Pizza named after American places
- California-style pizza
- Chicago deep dish pizza —
- Detroit-style pizza
- New Haven-style pizza, locally known as "apizza", is a style of Neapolitan pizza common in and around New Haven, Connecticut.
- New York-style pizza
- St. Louis-style pizza
English-language names derived from French names:
- Anjou Pear — Anjou
- Bavarian cream — also known as bavarois in French, may have originated in Switzerland or in France in the early 19th century. "The connection with Bavaria is obscure," according to The Food Timeline website
- Hollandaise sauce — a French name for sauce said to be from Holland
- Dijon Mustard — named after the French place where it was first concocted in 1856.
- Mayonaisse — a French name for a condiment, perhaps originally from Mahón, Menorca, Spain
English-language names derived from Italian names:
- Bolognese sauce — originating in Bologna, Italy. this meat-based sauce for pasta is known as ragù alla bolognese in Italian and sauce bolognaise in French.
- Florentine steak — the English-language name for the Italian dish, Bistecca alla Fiorentina.
- Sardine — types of small fish named after Sardinia, an Italian island.
Where known, nations where these names originated are noted:
- Berliner (pastry), named after Berlin
- Brussels sprout
- Cantaloupe (also called rockmelon), a variety of melon — Cantalupo, the Pope's summer residence
- Chicken Kiev
- Dublin Bay prawn, named after Dublin
- Jerusalem artichoke — an edible plant native to North America and wrongly associated with Jerusalem, perhaps, as James Edward Smith wrote, because in Italian the plant, which resembles a sunflower was called Girasole Articiocco ("sunflower artichoke"). Samuel de Champlain, who sent the plant back to Europe from Canada, pointed out that its tubers taste somewhat like artichokes.
- Jaffa orange — From Jaffa, from which it was exported to Europe. German and Norwegian languages also use the name "Jaffa" for these oranges.
- Limerick Ham — a method of preparing a joint of bacon; the method originated in County Limerick, Ireland.
- Peach — from Persia, old name for Iran
- Peking Duck, a Chinese dish made of duck — Peking, old name for Beijing, China
- Seltzer — carbonated water from Selters, Germany
- Seville orange — Seville
- Shallot — Ashkelon
- Tabasco sauce — Tabasco in Mexico
- Tangerine — Tangier
- Valencia orange — Valencia, Spain
- Wiener — from Vienna
Cheese names from France
- Brie, named after the historical Brie region of France
- Camembert (cheese) after Camembert, Orne in France
- Limburger after Limburg, a former duchy of Lorraine
- Munster after town Munster, Haut-Rhin in Alsace region of France
- Neufchâtel, from Neufchâtel-en-Bray, the part of Normandie where it originates
- Roquefort after a village in southern France
Cheese names from Italy
- Asiago cheese, named after after Asiago, the plateau and town in northern Italy where it was first made
- For Bologna sausage, see "United States" section
- Gorgonzola cheese, named after Gorgonzola, a village in northern Italy.
- Grana Padano
- Parmesan, from Parma, Italy. In Italy, it is called Parmigiano-Reggiano after the original region in which it is made. "Parmesan" is the name in French and in informal English.
- Pecorino Romano — This hard, salty cheese made of goats milk originally came from the Latium area around Rome
- Pecorino Sardo — a cheese from Sardinia
- Pecorino Toscano — a cheese from Tuscany
- Romano cheese after Rome.
Cheese names from Spain
- Alpujarra after Alpujarra region, Andalusia
- Cabrales after Cabrales, a municipality in Asturias
- Cantabrian Cream after the autonomous community of Cantabria
- Casín after Caso, a municipality in Asturias
- Flor de Guía after Santa María de Guía, a town in the Canary Islands
- Gamonéu after a small town in Onís, Asturias
- Ibores after the Ibor Valley in Extremadura
- Idiazabal after Idiazabal, a small town in the Basque Country
- La Serena after La Serena district in Extremadura
- Mahón after the city of Port Mahon in Balearic Islands
- Mallorca after the island of Mallorca
- Manchego after La Mancha region
- Murcian and Murcian Wine after the autonomous community of Murcia
- Palmero after the island of La Palma
- Picón Bejes-Tresviso after the small town of Tresviso in Cantabria
- Roncal after the Roncal Valley in Navarre
- Torta del Casar after Casar de Cáceres, a municipality in Extremadura
- Valdeón after Posada de Valdeón, a municipality in Castile and León
- Zamorano after the Province of Zamora
Cheese names from Switzerland
- Appenzeller cheese is named after the Appenzell region of northeast Switzerland, where it originated.
- Gruyère after Gruyère, a district in Switzerland where first made
- Emmental after Emmental, the name of a valley in Switzerland where it originated
Cheese names from the United Kingdom
- Beacon Fell Traditional Lancashire Cheese, after Beacon Fell, Lancashire, England
- Bonchester cheese
- Bowland cheese after the Forest of Bowland, England
- Buxton Blue — an English blue cheese that is a close relative of Blue Stilton; under Protected designation of origin laws, having PDO status, it can only be made in and around Buxton.
- Caerphilly cheese after Caerphilly, a town in Wales
- Cheddar cheese after Cheddar in Somerset, England where it was originally made
- Cheshire cheese after Cheshire, county in England
- Derby cheese after Derbyshire a county in central England
- Double Gloucester cheese or Gloucester cheese — after Gloucester in England
- Dunlop cheese after Dunlop, a town in southwest Scotland
- Lancashire cheese after Lancashire in England
- Leicester cheese after Leicester in England
- Parlick Fell cheese after Parlick, a fell in Lancashire, England
- Stilton cheese after Stilton, a village in England, where it was first sold
- Swaledale cheese
- Wensleydale cheese after Wensleydale in North Yorkshire, England
Cheese names from the United States
- American cheese — a common name for processed cheese.
- Colby after Colby, Wisconsin where it was first made
- Cuba cheese — can refer to various cheeses created by cheese manufacturers of Western New York, particularly those originating in Cuba, New York
- Monterey Jack, from Monterey, California (not Monterrey, Mexico)
- Pinconning cheese — an aged yellow colby-style, semi-soft whole chese named for Pinconning, Michigan, where it originated.
- Swiss cheese — a generic name in North America for several related varieties of cheese which resemble the Swiss Emmental
Cheese names from elsewhere
- Ackawi — after Acre, Israel
- Danbo cheese after Denmark
- Dubliner — a sweet, mature cheese manufactured by Carbery; named after Dublin, although it is made in County Cork.
- Edam after town of Edam in the Netherlands
- Lappi after Lapland region of Finland
- Gouda after the town Gouda in the Netherlands where originally made
- Jarlsberg after the town Jarlsberg in Norway
- Minas cheese, after the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais
- Molbo cheese after the Mols peninsula in Jutland, Denmark
- Nablusi, named after Nablus on the West Bank.
- Samsø, after the island of Samsø in Denmark
- Tilsit after a town in East Prussia (now Sovetsk, Russia) where it was first produced
- Oaxaca Oaxaca De Juarez, a state and city in Mexico
- Oka cheese — originally manufactured by the Trappist monks in Oka, Quebec, Canada
- Alabama Slammer
- Blue Hawaii
- Bronx (cocktail)
- Cape Codder
- Colorado Bulldog
- Harlem Mugger
- Long Island Iced Tea
- Lynchburg Lemonade
- Missouri Mule
- Singapore Sling
- Washington Apple (Shot)
Wines from France
- Champagne, a sparkling wine named after the region of France in which it is produced.
Wines from elsewhere
- Asti — Asti (province), Italy
- Carmel Winery after the Carmel mountain in Israel
- Hock, indirectly from Hochheim in Germany
- Madeira wine, a fortified wine and Plum in madeira, a dessert — Madeira islands of Portugal
- Port wine (or Porto), sweet fortified wine — Porto, in northern Portugal
- Rioja — La Rioja (region), Spain
- Sherry wine, a mispronunciation of Jerez — Jerez de la Frontera, a city in southern Spain
Brands of alcoholic beverages
Other alcoholic beverages
- Armagnac — named after Armagnac in France
- Cognac — a brandy named after Cognac in France
- Comber Whiskey — a discontinued brand name of Irish whiskey
- Curaçao liqueur — Curaçao
- Irish cream
- Irish whiskey
- Lemon & Paeroa — from mineral water springs at the New Zealand town of Paeroa
- Pilsner lager — from Plzeň in the Czech Republic
- Scotch whisky
- Ceylon tea — Ceylon, old name for Sri Lanka
- Darjeeling tea — named after Darjeeling in India
- Java, slang for coffee — named after Java, the island in Indonesia.
- Mocha coffee, ice cream — Mocha, Yemen, place where the coffee is grown
- Seltzer, Selters, Germany
- Dublin Dr. Pepper, for Dublin, TX
Nations or national groups
- Afghan biscuit — a cookie (or "biscuit") in New Zealand
- American Cheese
- Belgian waffles
- Brazil nut
- Canadian bacon — a U.S. name for two different pork products - back bacon and a smoked ham
- Danish pastry—a particular pastry (as opposed to a type of pastry) often called simply "Danish".
- English muffins—a name used outside of the United Kingdom (in the UK, they're known simply as "muffins").
- French Fries
- French Toast
- German Chocolate Cake was not actually named after Germany at all. It was named after "Baker's German's Sweet Chocolate Bar," first created in the United States in 1852 by Sam German. More than a century later, in 1957, a Dallas, Texas, newspaper printed a recipe from a reader which used the candy and named the resulting cake "German's Chocolate Cake". Other newspapers printed the recipe, and the name eventually lost the "'s".
- Greek Yogurt
- Irish Breakfast tea
- Irish soda bread
- Irish stew
- Jamaican patty — a pastry containing various meat fillings and spices baked inside a flaky shell; commonly found in Jamaica, but also elsewhere in the Caribbean.
- Scotch bonnet — a hot pepper originating in the Caribbean and named for its resemblance to a Tam o' Shanter hat.
- Swedish meatballs—an American name for "köttbullar", a Swedish dish, and the many American recipe variations of the dish, originally brought to the United States by Swedish immigrants.
- Swedish turnip — a name used mainly in America for a root vegetable, also called Rutabaga meaning root bag in Swedish. In Britain, Australia and New Zealand, the name is usually shortened to "Swede".
- Web page titled "On the Map: Why Some Foods Are Named After Places", retrieved August 30, 2011
- Lambert, James, "Additions to the Australian lexicographical record III" Web page at the Australian National Dictionary Centre website, retrieved September 5, 2011
- Web page titled "From the Centre" at the Australian National Dictionary Centre website, retrieved September 5, 2011
- Locker, Robin, "Seven Popular Foods Named After Places", September 17, 2010, Bootsnall website, retrieved August 30, 2011
- Web page titled "Worcestershire Sauce", page 16 of "Can you name the types of food named after American places?" by Lauren Donaldson on the "Delish" website, retrieved August 30, 2011
- Web page titled "Baked Alaska", page two of "Can you name the types of food named after American places?" by Lauren Donaldson on the "Delish" website, retrieved August 30, 2011
- Web page titled "Boston Baked Beans", page four of "Can you name the types of food named after American places?" by Lauren Donaldson on the "Delish" website, retrieved August 30, 2011
- Web page titled "Boston Cream Pie", page five of "Can you name the types of food named after American places?" by Lauren Donaldson on the "Delish" website, retrieved August 30, 2011
- Tennis, Joe (1 September 2007). [— http://books.google.com/books?id=m1_NLi-uSAgC&pg=PA46#v=onepage&q&f=false Beach to Bluegrass: Places to Brake on Virginia's Longest Road], The Overmountain Press, p 46, ISBN 978-1-57072-323-0, retrieved September 4, 2011
- Web page titled "Buffalo Wings", page six of "Can you name the types of food named after American places?" by Lauren Donaldson on the "Delish" website, retrieved August 30, 2011
- Web page titled "California Roll", page seven of "Can you name the types of food named after American places?" by Lauren Donaldson on the "Delish" website, retrieved August 30, 2011
- Harper, Douglas. "frankfurter". Online Etymology Dictionary. Retrieved 2009-10-17.
- Jane & Michael Stern (2009-11-15). "In Search of American Food".
- Web page titled "London Broil", page 11 of "Can you name the types of food named after American places?" by Lauren Donaldson on the "Delish" website, retrieved August 30, 2011
- Web page titled "Philadelphia Cheesesteak", page 12 of "Can you name the types of food named after American places?" by Lauren Donaldson on the "Delish" website, retrieved August 30, 2011
- Web page titled "Texas Toast", page 15 of "Can you name the types of food named after American places?" by Lauren Donaldson on the "Delish" website, retrieved August 30, 2011
- Web page titled "MoonPie", page 12 of "Can you name the types of food named after American places?" by Lauren Donaldson on the "Delish" website, retrieved August 30, 2011
- Web page titled "Chicago Deep Dish Pizza", page eight of "Can you name the types of food named after American places?" by Lauren Donaldson on the "Delish" website, retrieved August 30, 2011
- Web page titled "Food Timeline FAQs: puddings, custards, & creams" at The Food Timeline website, retrieved September 3, 2011
- "Sardine". The Good Food Glossary. BBC Worldwide. 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-01.
- Smith, James Edward, An introduction to physiological and systematical botany, London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme, 1807, Chapter 12, p 108, footnote 1: "A corruption, as I presume, of the Italian name Girasole Articiocco, sun-flower Artichoke, as the plant was first brought from Peru to Italy, and thence propagated throughout Europe."
- Web page titled "French Toast", page nine of "Can you name the types of food named after American places?" by Lauren Donaldson on the "Delish" website, retrieved August 30, 2011
- Web page titled "German Chocolate Cake", page 10 of "Can you name the types of food named after American places?" by Lauren Donaldson on the "Delish" website, retrieved August 30, 2011
- Andrews, Jean, "The Pepper Lady's pocket pepper primer", p 149, University of Texas Press, 1998, from Google Books, retrieved September 5, 2011
- Web page titled "Swedish Meatballs", page 14 of "Can you name the types of food named after American places?" by Lauren Donaldson on the "Delish" website, retrieved August 30, 2011