Ever wonder what the most popular food in your state is? Well, now you don’t have to. We’ve compiled a list of each state’s most popular food that is by far more iconic than the rest.
Read it, drool over it, and start planning a road trip to taste them all yourself.
Alabama: Fried Green Tomatoes
Fried green tomatoes might be most famous because of the popular movie, but once you try these crunchy, juicy tomatoes, you’ll be hooked.
Alaska: King Crab Legs
Alaska is our largest state, and by that fact alone, has a lot to offer, especially when it comes to crab. Alaskan King Crab legs are a delicacy that are sought after time and time again.
Arizona is the rumored birthplace of everyone’s favorite Tex-Mex staple, the chimichanga. What’s not to love about a cheesy burrito that’s made better by a dip in the fryer?
Arkansas: Fried Catfish
Arkansas is home to lots of traditional Southern foods. The dish that sets them apart? Crispy, golden fried catfish.
California: Chorizo Breakfast Burrito
California has a lot to offer in the way of food, but when you find yourself in the Golden State, what you really need is a breakfast burrito stuffed to the gills with chorizo.
Colorado: Chili Verde
Colorado is a big fan of the green chile. Spicy and flavorful, green chilies are the star of their signature dish – chile verde. Chile verde is served in many different ways because it is so versatile.
Connecticut: White Clam Pizza
While you might think New York should hold the pizza crown for all the pie-slingers in NYC alone, Connecticut might prevail overall. New Haven is home to one of the most unique and delicious pies: white clam pizza, made in almost every local pizzeria around.
Delaware: Capriotti’s Bobbie
If you’ve never seen a Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop, this makes no sense, but you’ve probably been making your own Bobbie for years. The chain began in Delaware in the 1970s and its most famous sandwich, affectionately known as the Thanksgiving Sub, is a Delaware staple.
Florida: Key Lime Pie
Florida can get a bad rap, but it offers one of the tastiest desserts around. Key lime pie, famous in the Florida Keys, is made from tart key limes and fresh meringue.
Georgia: Peach Pie
Georgia is famous for its peaches, so it’s no surprise that their most popular dish is definitely a fresh-from-the-oven peach pie.
No trip to Hawaii would be complete without trying their famous malasadas. These doughnuts come covered in sugar or filled with custard, but are delicious all the same.
Idaho: Huckleberry Ice Cream
Officially billed as the state fruit in 2009, the huckleberry is a little secret of the West and what better way to enjoy it than in an ice cream cone?
Illinois: Deep-Dish Pizza
There’s another pizza state on this list and its because Chicago is the capital of Illinois, and what list would be complete without deep-dish pizza? It’s a saucy experience different from any other pizza in the country.
Indiana: Sugar Cream Pie
Indiana is home to sugar cream pie. This pie is made of sweet vanilla cream and topped with brown sugar.
Iowa: Grilled Sweet Corn
Iowa is known far and wide as the corn state. Not only do they farm an awful lot of it, but grilled sweet corn is their most popular dish. It’s so good, it doesn’t even need salt.
Kansas: Sour Cream and Raisin Pie
If you’ve never had the pleasure of tasting a sour cream and raisin pie, you’re definitely missing out. Kansas claims this incredible dessert that’s always topped with a heaping layer of meringue.
Find a recipe for an incredible version here.
Kentucky: The Hot Brown
When you visit Kentucky, you have to have a hot brown. Turkey and bacon are piled on bread, covered in Mornay sauce, and broiled until oozy and crisp.
It’s hard to argue that the po’boy isn’t the most popular food in Louisiana, and for good reason. Comfort served in the form of a fresh loaf topped with rich seafood would win in any state.
Maine: Lobster Roll
Alaska is known for crab. Maine, on the opposite coast, is known for lobster. Lobster rolls are yummy sandwiches made with fresh lobster and super soft bread.
Maryland: Blue Crab
The Chesapeake Bay offers some of the world’s best crab. Maryland is known for its steamed blue crabs (they turn red in the heat, guys) and its luscious Old Bay seasoning.
Massachusetts: Boston Cream Pie
To be honest, Massachusetts just has too many foods that could be the most popular so we went with the classic Boston cream pie.
Michigan: Tart Cherry Pie
It might surprise you to find out that more tart cherries come from Michigan than anywhere else in the country. Tart cherries make the best cherry pie.
Minnesota: Juicy Lucy
The Juicy Lucy is Minnesota’s famous burger, though there are differing opinions about which bar invented it. What is it? It’s a burger stuffed with cheese before it’s cooked, so each bite is extra melty.
Mississippi: Mississippi Mud Pie
Mississippi mud pie might be the dessert that has the most chocolate ever. A cookie crust, chocolate pudding and whipped cream team up to knock your sweet tooth out.
Missouri: Kansas City Barbecue
Missouri is known for Kansas City-style barbecue. Different than Kansas barbecue, this style boasts a dry rub and a drizzle of molasses-based sauce.
Montana is Big Sky Country, but it’s also cattle country. This means that you can get some of the best steak ever. We recommend the ribeye.
Nebraska’s popular snack is the runza, a handheld meat pie. These are flaky pastry crusts filled with delicious beef and baked to perfection.
Nevada: Shrimp Cocktail
Laugh if you want, but shrimp cocktail is something you will find all over the place in Nevada. It truly made the seafood staple its own and can be found in almost every single Las Vegas buffet.
New Hampshire: Cider Donuts
New Hampshire brings together the best of all parts of New England. It’s also home to more than fifty varieties of apples, which could be the signature food alone, but cider donuts are a unique take on the tradition.
New Jersey: Taylor Ham, Egg, and Cheese
New Jersey is known for its Taylor ham, egg, and cheese sandwich. Not to be confused with New York’s bacon, egg, and cheese, this one has a slightly different flavor.
New Mexico: Green Chili Enchiladas
The town of Hatch has the best marketing direction in the country, and Hatch green chilis are now synonymous with deliciousness. They shine as the sauce for tasty enchiladas.
New York: Buffalo Wings
Invented at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York, Buffalo wings are a New York classic. They’re hot, messy, and best of all, they bring people together over who gets the napkins first.
North Carolina: Pulled Pork Sandwich
There is nothing in North Carolina better than a pulled pork sandwich piled high with fresh coleslaw.
North Dakota: Kuchen
Kuchen isn’t quite a coffee cake, but not quite a pie either. It’s amazing no matter how you look at it.
Buckeyes are round chocolate balls filled with peanut butter. They are tiny, impossible to resist, and share a name with the Ohio State mascot.
Oklahoma: Chicken Fried Steak
Chicken fried steak is filling, comforting, and is credited to Oklahoma. And it’s crunchy, which makes it even better.
Oregon: Marionberry Pie
Marionberry pie is Oregon’s state treat. It’s a pie made of a certain berry that is actually a cross between two different blackberries!
Pennsylvania: Philly Cheesesteaks
Pennsylvania has the city of brotherly love, Philadelphia, and Philly has cheesesteaks – warm, beefy, cheesesteaks.
Rhode Island: Coffee Milk
The tiny state of Rhode Island loves their coffee milk – sweetened milk that tastes like coffee, courtesy of Autocrat Coffee Syrup.
South Carolina: Shrimp and Grits
Nothing pairs better with fluffy, creamy grits than fresh shrimp. Shrimp and grits is South Carolina-style Southern cooking at its finest.
South Dakota: Chislic
In South Dakota, you can try Chislic – deep fried cubes of meat on a stick. Most often, beef, lamb, or venison is used.
Tennesee: Baby Back Ribs
Tennessee is all about one thing – ribs. They marinate them, rub them with seasoning, and cook them until they are beyond tender.
It’s hard to choose a Texas favorite, but know that Tex-Mex and kolaches were both in the running. However, we can all agree that Texas brisket is in its own league.
Utah: Funeral Potatoes
Utah’s famous for the macabre-sounding funeral potatoes. However, this is really just a casserole with creamy soup, cheese, and the right amount of crunch.
Vermont: Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream
Vermont is the land of ice cream. Known as the home base of Ben and Jerry’s, this state has been providing us with much-needed pints of frozen joy for quite a while.
Virginia: Ham Biscuit
When in Virginia, try a ham biscuit. Fresh ham is piled on herbed biscuits and topped with spicy mustard.
Washington has some of the best salmon in the world. Fresh, succulent, and tender, it would be silly to miss out on this versatile fish.
West Virginia: Pepperoni Rolls
Similar to a Hot Pocket, pepperoni rolls are made of dough that has been wrapped around pepperoni and cheese. They date back to the early 1900s as the state’s star snack.
Wisconsin’s most popular dish is bratwurst. Juicy sausages that are often cooked in beer, these are a reminder of the state’s German heritage.
Wyoming: Bison Burgers
Wyoming has wide open prairie, and tons of cattle. This state is known for their bison burgers, which have a different flavor and a lower fat content than traditional beef burgers.