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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

Alabama : Fried Green Tomatoes

Alaska: Reindeer Sausage

Alaska: Reindeer Sausage

Arizona: Chimichangas

Arizona: Chimichangas

Arkansas: Fried Catfish

Arkansas: Fried Catfish

California: Fish Tacos

California: Fish Tacos

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

Hawaii: Plate Lunch with Kalua Pig and Rice

Hawaii: Plate Lunch with Kalua Pig and Rice

Idaho: Finger Steaks

Idaho: Finger Steaks

Illinois: Deep Dish Pizza

Illinois: Deep Dish Pizza

Indiana: Breaded Pork Tenderloin Sandwich

Indiana: Breaded Pork Tenderloin Sandwich

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

Maine: Cold Lobster Roll

Maine: Cold Lobster Roll

Maryland: Crab Cakes

Maryland: Crab Cakes

Massachusetts: New England Clam Chowder

Massachusetts: New England Clam Chowder

Michigan: Coney Dog

Michigan: Coney Dog

Minnesota: Wild Rice Soup

Minnesota: Wild Rice Soup

Mississippi: Mud Pie

Mississippi: 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

Nebraska: Runza Sandwich

Nebraska: Runza Sandwich

Nevada: Prime Rib

Nevada: Prime Rib

New Hampshire: Pumpkin Soup

New Hampshire: Pumpkin Soup

New Jersey: Pork Roll

New Jersey: Pork Roll

New Mexico: Enchiladas with Christmas on the Side

New Mexico: Enchiladas with Christmas on the Side

New York: Buffalo Chicken Wings

New York: Buffalo Chicken Wings

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

Ohio: Buckeyes

Oklahoma: Fried Okra

Oklahoma: Fried Okra

Oregon: Marionberry Pie

Oregon: Marionberry Pie

Pennsylvania: Philly Cheesesteak

Pennsylvania: Philly Cheesesteak

Rhode Island: Johnnycakes with Maple Syrup

Rhode Island: Johnnycakes with Maple Syrup

South Carolina: Shrimp and Grits

South Carolina: Shrimp and Grits

South Dakota: Chislic

South Dakota: Chislic

Tennessee: Nashville Hot Chicken

Tennessee: Nashville Hot Chicken

Texas: Chicken Fried Steak

Texas: Chicken Fried Steak

Utah: Artisanal Chocolate

Utah: Artisanal Chocolate

Vermont: Cheddar Cheese Apple Pie

Vermont: Cheddar Cheese Apple Pie

Virginia: Old Dominion Ham Biscuits

Virginia: Old Dominion Ham Biscuits

Washington: Cedar Plank Salmon

Washington: Cedar Plank Salmon

West Virginia: Pepperoni Rolls

West Virginia: Pepperoni Rolls

Wisconsin: Bratwurst

Wisconsin: Bratwurst

Wyoming: Bison Meatballs

Wyoming: Bison Meatballs

 

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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