Spiedies are a popular staple here in the Southern Tier.  If you ask people what a spiedie is a few hours down the road, you might get a blank look.  Although, a friend of mine posted a Facebook photo of delight when he found bottles of spiedie sauce at a Nashville grocery store.  Was he ever excited!

When you think Binghamton you think free carousel rides in our beautiful parks and spiedies have to come in a close second.  For those of you who may not be familiar with spiedies, according to spiedie.com, a spiedie "is a tasty treat of marinated meat, char-broiled and fed on Italian sliced bread."

While where the spiedie sandwich originated from may be debatable, history says: "The term "spiedie" comes from the Italian word spiedo meaning spit or spiedini referring to cubes or balls of meat cooked on a skewer."

It talking to people around downtown Binghamton today, it seems everyone has their favorite place to buy spiedies and spiedie sauce.  Some people may like Lupo's sauce, but my personal favorite is Salamida State Fair Spiedie Sauce.  I find it's what people grew up on that makes them like one brand over another.  I love to barbecue and I know what I like.

If I am looking for spiedies out, I tend to gravitate toward the Spidie and Rib Pit in Binghamton or Red's Kettle Inn in Johnson City.  My all time favorite spiedie sandwich has to be from the legendary Sharkey's Restaurant because they give it to you right on the skewer.  Yum!  Again, it's what I grew up on.

So what are your favorite place to get spiedies?  And do you have a reference for chicken, pork or the traditional lamb?  Share your favorite spiedie choice.

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