When you are traveling to specific states, there are certain things you are going to reach for at the dinner table. Could you imagine not having a cheesesteak when in Philly? Well, imagine it because the guys behind the Great American Menu picked another food as the Pennsylvania signature dish. Some states are known for their foods and there is now a map to prove it.
The Great American Menu was created out of sheer gluttony and ranks the top food in each of the 50 states. Deadspin explains that they “selected actual food preparations; no state gets credit merely for being the geographic location where a certain edible flora or fauna happens to grow or swim or graze.”
Want the full rundown of what to eat in each state? Here’s a breakdown of Deadspin‘s list.
To dive into the longer summaries, head on over to Deadspin to read the thought process behind their decision-making.
1. Illinois: Chicago-style deep dish pizza
This was the most signature of all dishes, according to the Great American Menu, and gets the top spot for iconic foods.
2. South Carolina: Shrimp and grits
No other dish is as “authentically South Carolinian” as this.
3. California: Mission-style burrito
If you haven’t had the Mission-style burritos in Cali, then you have not had a really great burrito.
4. Maryland: Crab cake
The crabs in Maryland are awesome, so it’s natural that their crab cakes would take the cake on this map.
5. Georgia: Peach pie/cobbler
There’s nothing better than a Georgia peach. Except maybe a peach pie.
6. Louisiana: Gumbo
Louisiana was a tough one as they have some great iconic foods. None as signature as gumbo, though.
7. Florida: Key lime pie
You can only get these limes in one spot in Florida and that’s why this dessert made the list.
8.Alabama: Fried green tomatoes
Delicious, home cooked, and famously Alabaman.
9. New Mexico: Stacked enchilada with green chile
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Local ingredients are what makes this dish so special.
10. Oregon: Marionberry pie
Chances are you have never had a Marionberry pie, so you better get yourself to Oregon to taste some!
11. Rhode Island : Hot wieners
Rhode Island hot dogs are famous for their bath of beef and onions.
12. Kentucky: Burgoo
Burgoo is kind of a community pot luck dish that is never the same twice.
13. North Carolina: Pulled pork barbecue
No explanation necessary.
14. Massachusetts: New England clam chowder
This hot and hearty stew is on almost every diner menu in the country, but it will always taste better in Massachusetts.
15. Missouri: Kansas City-style ribs
Iconic the world over, Kansas City BBQ ribs are a national treasure, second only to Texas brisket. Speaking of ribs…
16. Tennessee: Memphis-style ribs
Let the debate for which rib tops which begin.
17. West Virginia: Virginia slaw dog
This chili dog put West Virginia on the map.
18. Arizona: Chimichanga
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A favorite on chain restaurant menus, the chimichanga originated in Arizona.
19. Delaware: Frozen custard
Dessert lovers need to flock to Delaware for this better-than-ice cream treat.
20. Texas: Texas-style barbecue brisket
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Texas-style BBQ is anchored by brisket.
21. Oklahoma: Fried okra
Day trip to London – which ended with a lovely Indian dinner with friends @dishoom in SoHo! We (luckily) got a table without any wait!! We enjoyed refreshing drinks (I highly recommend the Bombay Colada if you're in a vacation mood) and tasty food 😋 Pictured here is the Fried Okra appetizer we had: So crispy and tasty with a nice Indian spice kick 👊😉 Service was also incredibly attentive 🙏
A favorite side dish, fried okra gets the spotlight in Oklahoma.
22. New York: New York-style pizza
You can get pizza on almost every corner in the Big Apple, but only one corner in BK has the slice that’s consistently ranked the best in the country: Di Fara.
23. Hawaii: Hot Hawaiian breakfast
Wednesday: A spin on a Hawaiian breakfast. Portuguese toast, spam and papaya. Yes that's right, spam. We've adjusted our holiday plans for August. We'll be in LA, SF and now Hawaii! This is all in the name of research. Tips and recommendations very welcome! #symmetrybreakfast ✈️🇺🇸 #hawaiianbreakfast
Forget flowers and luaus. Hawaii is hot for Spam, eggs and rice.
24. Maine: Lobster roll
Get it cooked or catch it and cook it yourself. Here’s how.
25. Montana: Bull testicles
Want not, waste not, right? In Montana they use every part of the bull and, surprisingly, these are pretty tasty.
Also known as ‘Rocky Mountain Oysters’ because asking for bull’s balls is gauche.
26. Arkansas: Fried catfish
Arkansas is home of the Friday fish fry. Just be sure not to look your dinner in the eyes as catfish are pretty serious looking.
27. Vermont: Maple syrup
Vermont syrup is why half the world wants breakfast for dinner most nights.
28. Pennsylvania: Scrapple
This is probably the most controversial on the map. C’mon!? Where’s the cheesesteak!?
29. Iowa: Corndog
Compared to other calorie-laden food items at the fair like funnel cakes and mega turkey legs, our fine friend the corn dog averages out around 225 calories. I think that’s more than enough of a reason to indulge in two… or five. #corndog #fair #statefair #statefairoftexas #food #foodfact #yummy #tasty
A sweet-savory hot dog that you can eat with your hands only? We’re in!
30. Washington: Cedar-plank salmon
Washington has some stellar seafood. Salmon, in particular, is especially delicious when cooked on a cedar plank.
31. Colorado: Cowboy cookies
This cookie is what some might call a kitchen sink cookie. It’s a chocolate-chip cookie with added rolled oats, shredded coconut and pecans for extra richness.
32. Mississippi: Mud pie
Now that I'm sure you are all pros at making chocolate curls you need a dessert to put them on! Well the Mississippi Mud Pie is the perfect starting point. Holy cow is it good! It's like a brownie and a cake and so much more all in one. Seriously, it's the ultimate dessert. Check out my blog link in the bio to see how to make it! #dessert #mississippi #mississippimudpie #food #foodblog #foodie #foodblogger #nomnom #yum #moving #culinary #cheatmeal
A childhood play food comes to life in Mississippi.
33. Wisconsin: Bratwurst
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Eat it like a hotdog or on a plate like sausage. The possibilities are endless with Bratwurst.
34. Virginia: Virginia ham
Some say peanuts should be on the list for Virginia, but, not everyone can eat peanuts. So, ham it is!
35. Indiana: Fried pork tenderloin sandwich
Better Homes and Gardens' Pork Sandwich with Tarragon Slaw recipe gets tweaked every time I make it. But it is always amazing!!! Crispy, tender, juicy, and flavorful! With homemade bread, this is always a favorite! . . . #FromScratchFarm #PhotoOfTheDay #HomemadeBread #PorkSandwich #FriedPorkSandwich #CookAndTell #blogger #SATXBloggers #GirlBoss #MomBoss #mompreneur #SocietyGal #IGBoerne
Fried chicken and fried pork rest in between buns for the ultimate sandwich indulgence in Indiana.
36. District of Columbia: Half-smoke
If your friend was visiting #DC from a foreign country, what’s the one #BensChiliBowl dish you’d recommend to them? #ipw17 attendees from around the globe, make sure to visit us and check the comments for ideas on what to order. Just know, you can’t go wrong with a #HalfSmoke – DC’s take on a hot dog best served with our secret recipe chili. #MyDCcool
This hot dog can be half beef and half pork and sometimes not even smoked at all. But it always has some serious chili served on top.
37. Wyoming: Chicken-fried steak
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The only way to make a steak tastier is to fry it, of course.
38. Idaho: Finger steaks
But you’ve got to have a side of potatoes.
39. Kansas: Hamburger casserole
I got this Hamburger Pasta Casserole Bake from a family cookbook. You won't believe this but I am one of 89 grandkids on my mother's side. My mother was the oldest of 11 children. I am the youngest of 9. Thanks to one of my cousins, Marsha, for putting this cookbook together and another cousin, Susan, for sharing this recipe. Thank you to all of my cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents for the memories! #casserole #casseroles #hamburgercasserole #familycookbook #Recipetreasures You can find the recipe here: recipetreasures.com/2017/05/15/hamburger/pasta/casserole/bake
Hamburger casserole is home cooking at its finest.
40. Minnesota: Hotdish
Similar to the hamburger casserole that made the map for Kansas, Minnesota hot dish is also made with greens.
41. Michigan: Michigan pasty
Really, this is a calzone, but Michigan wanted to pretend they created it, so they call it a pasty.
42. South Dakota: Chislic
Chislic are meat kabobs that are traditionally made with mutton but are becoming popular for new-world interpretations using venison, beef and leaner cuts of lamb.
43. Utah: Green Jell-O with goddamn carrots
We will take Deadspin’s word on this one.
44. North Dakota: Lutefisk
Lutefisk is a Nordic-style fish that we are sure Rose on the Golden Girls mentioned a few times.
45. New Jersey: Salt water taffy
This seems like a bit of a cop out from the Deadspin team. Have they been to New Jersey? Taylor ham/pork roll? Jersey hot dogs? There are many ways they could have taken Jersey, but salt water taffy seems like the easiest.
46. Nebraska: Handheld meat pies
Made these Mini Meatpies for a children's school lunch party and they're Oh Sooo Yummy!!!!! 😄😄😄 You too can place your orders if you want it😃 #rapidmeals #ikeja #lagos #meatpie #meatpies #minimeatpies #naijasnacks #nigerianfoods #yummy #africanfoods #naijacaterers #smallchops #fingerfoods #yummy #nigerianfoods #yummyafricanfoods
They call these the ‘homemade Hot Pockets’ and they sound delicious!
47. Alaska: Akutaq
When you live in Alaska, you have to get creative with fat. Here they use whipped fat to make a dessert dressed with berries.
48. New Hampshire: Boiled dinner
Meat and veggies make this the ultimate one-pot meal.
49. Nevada: Not having any authentic local culture to speak of
Because, food courts.
50. Connecticut: Steamed cheeseburger
Again, something we won’t be trying soon, but glad to learn about.
51. Ohio: Cincinnati Chili
We should probably talk about the hate that Cinci-Chili seems to get all the time, especially from this list.
Sure, hot dogs and spaghetti don’t sound like the most upscale combination, but have respect for the tradition, y’all. Pasta and chili never sounded like a bad idea.