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The Most Iconic Food in Every State

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Here’s a great piece about iconic food items in each of our fifty states by David Rosengarten, a two-time James Beard-winning food journalist and the writers of Flavored Nation. Not sure if I can endorse all of them, but it’s always good to expand your horizons when it comes to unique recipes – which hopefully does not expand your waistline as well. Come to think of it, there’s a few recipes that I had no idea of either. Enjoy.

– Audrey

Alabama: Fried Green Tomatoes (Photo credit: Elise Bauer)

fried green tomatoes
Alaska: Reindeer Sausage
Alaska: Reindeer Sausage (Photo credit: Flavored Nation)
Arizona: Chimichangas

Arizona: Chimichangas (Photo via @macayosmexicanfood / instagram.com)

Arkansas: Fried Catfish (Photo by Jay Cross, via Wikimedia Commons / CC BY 2.0)
fried catfish from Arkansas
California: Fish Tacos
California: Fish Tacos (Photo credit: Galaxy Taco)
Colorado: Pueblo Chiles Relleno
Colorado: Pueblo Chiles Relleno
Connecticut: Warm Lobster Roll
Connecticut: Warm Lobster Roll
Delaware: Scrapple

Delaware: Scrapple

Florida: Key Lime Pie

Florida: Key Lime Pie

Georgia: Peach Cobbler

Georgia: Peach Cobbler (Photo by Ralph Daily, via Wikimedia Commons / CC BY 2.0)

Hawaii: Plate Lunch with Kalua Pig and Rice

Hawaii: Plate Lunch with Kalua Pig and Rice (Photo credit: Flavored Nation)

Idaho: Finger Steaks
Idaho: Finger Steaks

Illinois: Deep Dish Pizza (Photo by Manvi Mathur via Unsplash)

deep dish pizza
Indiana: Breaded Pork Tenderloin Sandwich

Indiana: Breaded Pork Tenderloin Sandwich (Photo credit: Flavored Nation)

Iowa: Corn Dogs

Iowa: Corn Dogs

Kansas: Sour Cream and Raisin Pie
Kansas: Sour Cream and Raisin Pie
Kentucky: Hot Brown

Kentucky: Hot Brown

Louisiana: Gumbo
Louisiana: Gumbo (Photo credit: Jeffreyw / CC BY 2.0)
Maine: Cold Lobster Roll

Maine: Cold Lobster Roll (Photo credit: Wally Gobetz / Flickr)

Maryland: Crab Cakes

Maryland: Crab Cakes (Photo credit: Flavored Nation)

Massachusetts: New England Clam Chowder

Massachusetts: New England Clam Chowder (Photo credit: Yelp/Summer Shack)

Michigan: Coney Dog

Michigan: Coney Dog

Minnesota: Wild Rice Soup

Minnesota: Wild Rice Soup (Photo credit: Emily Carlin / Flickr)

Mississippi: Mud Pie (Photo by cyclonebill from Copenhagen, Denmark,
via Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 2.0)
mud pie
Missouri: St. Louis BBQ Pork Steak

Missouri: St. Louis BBQ Pork Steak

Montana: Bison Burger with Huckleberry Barbecue Sauce

Montana: Bison Burger with Huckleberry Barbecue Sauce
(Photo credit: jpellgen (@1179_jp) / Flickr)

Nebraska: Runza Sandwich

Nebraska: Runza Sandwich (Photo credit: Daniel M/Yelp)

Nevada: Prime Rib (Photo by RightCowLeftCoast, via Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 4.0)

prime rib

New Hampshire: Pumpkin Soup (Photo by Monika Grabkowska via Unsplash)

pumpkin soup
New Jersey: Pork Roll

New Jersey: Pork Roll (Photo credit: John Yarusi)

New Mexico: Enchiladas with Christmas on the Side
(Photo by Mark Mitchell, via Wikimedia Commons / CC BY 2.0)

enchiladas
New York: Buffalo Chicken Wings

New York: Buffalo Chicken Wings (Photo credit: Duff’s Famous Wings/Yelp)

North Carolina: Pulled Pork with East Carolina Vinegar Sauce
North Carolina: Pulled Pork with East Carolina Vinegar Sauce
North Dakota: Knoephla

North Dakota: Knoephla

Ohio: Buckeyes (Plain Dealer file photo)

buckeyes
Oklahoma: Fried Okra

Oklahoma: Fried Okra (Photo credit: Flavored Nation)

Oregon: Marionberry Pie

Oregon: Marionberry Pie

Pennsylvania: Philly Cheesesteak

Pennsylvania: Philly Cheesesteak (Photo credit: Dave H./Yelp)

Rhode Island: Johnnycakes with Maple Syrup (Photo credit: Flavored Nation)

johnnycakes
South Carolina: Shrimp and Grits

South Carolina: Shrimp and Grits (Photo credit: Megg / Flickr)

South Dakota: Chislic

South Dakota: Chislic

Tennessee: Nashville Hot Chicken

Tennessee: Nashville Hot Chicken (Photo credit: Peter D./Yelp)

Texas: Chicken Fried Steak

Texas: Chicken Fried Steak

Utah: Artisanal Chocolate

Utah: Artisanal Chocolate

Vermont: Cheddar Cheese Apple Pie

Vermont: Cheddar Cheese Apple Pie
(Photo by jeffreyw, via Wikimedia Commons / CC BY 2.0)

Virginia: Old Dominion Ham Biscuits (Photo credit: Eugene Kim / Flickr / CC BY 4.0)
Virginia ham biscuits
Washington: Cedar Plank Salmon

Washington: Cedar Plank Salmon (Photo credit: Flavored Nation)

West Virginia: Pepperoni Rolls

West Virginia: Pepperoni Rolls

Wisconsin: Bratwurst

Wisconsin: Bratwurst (Photo credit: Brat House Grill)

Wyoming: Bison Meatballs
Wyoming: Bison Meatballs (Photo credit: Flavored Nation)

 

Japanese cuisine relies heavily on raw fish, rice, and seaweed, while pasta, risotto, and cheese are the fabric of Italian plates. But when it comes to American food, it’s not exactly easy to define. That’s why the culinary experts, chefs, and food writers at Flavored Nation pulled together this list of the best American foods. According to David Rosengarten, a two-time James Beard-winning food journalist and content director at Flavored Nation, they drew data from research, consumer input via social media, and conversations with state tourism boards.

”No one wrote a guidebook on how to authentically identify the United States’ most iconic foods. It’s been an amazing adventure and challenge,” Rosengarten said in a press release. Barbecue pulled pork, shrimp and grits, key lime pie, and lobster rolls are classic American dishes you can easily associate with a state or region, but other states that aren’t culinary destinations are harder to pinpoint. “Some states, like Louisiana, California, and New York, are well known for multiple dishes. For other states, like South Dakota, Minnesota, and Nebraska, I personally drew a blank,” Rosengarten said.

So if you’re planning a trip across the country at any point, bookmark this story for the best American foods in every state. We hear North Dakota makes a mean bowl of potato soup and West Virginia has killer pepperoni rolls.

 

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