7 of the Tastiest Namesakes From Around the World

Because sometimes you just need a fork and a knife instead of a plane ticket and a passport

There are foods out there that bear particular namesakes.


There is always a story behind every dish, and sometimes there is also some place in the world that serves as its namesake. There’s a rich-as-curry history of foods named after cities or countries around the world, making it entirely possible for you to check off your culinary and adventure bucket list with one simple order. 

Dijon Mustard

That stuff we love any excuse to spread all over, well, everything? It was named after a town called Dijon in France where it was first created. The French definitely did something right.

Belgian Waffles

There is no morning treat like the smell of freshly made Belgian waffles. These babies apparently earned their name at the 1964/1965 New York’s World Fair, served by a food vendor from Brussels, Belgium.

Buffalo Wings

When we think football parties, we think beer and buffalo wings, and if you haven’t yet figured it out: We have Buffalo, New York to thank for the latter. Legend has it that Teressa Bellissimo of a local eatery called Anchor Bar first whipped up and served Buffalo chicken wings in 1964 as a late night snack for her son’s friends.

California Rolls

You would think all sushi rolls should be named after places in Japan, but this one is a little different. The California roll owes its namesake to Ichiro Mashita, sushi chef at Los Angeles's Tokyo Kaikan who created it in the 1970s.

Philly Cheesesteak

Though the debate over Pat’s versus Geno’s for the best cheesesteak in Philadelphia lives on, there is no debating where this delicious sandwich got its name. The Philly cheesesteak originated in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the 1930s.

London Broil

Ask a Londoner what a London broil is, and there is a good chance you may get nothing but a blank stare in return. This was a dish that was created and named in the States. Sometimes things just happen.


Black Forest Cake


It’s hard to turn down a slice of black forest cake, and we have the Germans to thank for that. The cake is named after the country’s Black Forest, or Schwarzwald in German. Agreed — black forest is easier to say and still tastes the same!