We want your app opinions! Which appetizer should officially represent Massachusetts?

Rhode Island's state appetizer, calamari, was showcased on video at the DNC last week. Does Mass. need its own appetizer – and if so, what?

 Clam chowder at the Union Oyster House in Boston, MA  February 28, 2016.
Clam chowder at the Union Oyster House in Boston. –(Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff)

Rhode Island’s state appetizer was in the spotlight last week at the Democratic National Convention, as State Democratic Party Chairman Joseph McNamara stood in a video alongside Rhode Island chef John Bordieri, who was holding in his hands a plate of calamari for the whole nation to see. The moment grabbed immediate attention, and thus the moniker ‘Calamari Guy’ was coined online.

It prompted some, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren, to wonder if Massachusetts had its own state appetizer. While the Commonwealth does have a state berry (cranberry), state dessert (Boston cream pie), state cookie (chocolate chip) and state doughnut (Boston cream) — the plate reserved for the state appetizer is currently an empty one.


So let’s settle it. What should the official state app for Massachusetts be? Is it a cup of New England clam chowder adorned with oyster crackers, or perhaps crispy local fried clams? We want to hear your opinions on the state’s best starter dish. Fill out the survey below, or email the best dish to community@boston.com. 🍤

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