Gas Industry Gives Pennsylvania Stores Taste For The South

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Lycoming County

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Lycoming County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

PENNSDALE, Pa. — The land of scrapple and chipped ham is starting to get a taste for jambalaya and boudin.

Thanks to an influx of Southerners filling jobs in north-central Pennsylvania’s booming natural gas industry, a region not often placed on many culinary maps is finding itself flush with the foodways found below the Mason-Dixon line, arguably the source of some of the nation’s richest culinary traditions.

Suddenly, convenience stores stock sweet tea, barbecue is a hot seller, and the almost Norman Rockwell-quaint Country Store in Pennsdale even makes its own boudin, a pork sausage popular in Louisiana.

Store owner and Pennsylvania native Tom Springman had never heard of boudin until a few months ago, when a customer — a relocated Southerner — came in looking for a local source.

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Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen Is Now Open In Pottstown

Today, Wednesday, November 16th, is the grand opening of Popeyes in Pottstown.  The former Taco Bell is once again busy!  Judging by the parked cars and the line in the drive thru, so far so good.  I even saw people walking down High Street carrying Popeyes bags, taking food home.

Popeyes features Cajun specialties like red beans and rice, Cajun rice. Cajun fries and perennial southern favorite sweet tea.  And of course, CHICKEN with a Cajun flair!   Popeyes even has a light menu for those watching their waistline.

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