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Calendar >  Favorite Food From Each State In The U.S. Part I

Favorite Food From Each State In The U.S. Part I

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Part 1 of Series of Items Unique to States

TR Robertson –This is the first in a series of articles highlighting various aspects and characteristics of each state in the United States. Each article will go through the officially selected or most popular choice of each of the topics. Beginning with this article, covering the most popular food from each state, the series will cover the signature drink or beverages, desserts, seashells, reptiles, birds, mammals, dogs and cats, flowers and trees, insects and butterflies, dinosaurs, and state minerals, rocks, stones and gemstones. Most every state has passed legislation designating specific items as the “Official” item while other states have either not designated specific items on the list or they have listed “unofficial” items to fit whatever category mentioned previously. Read through the lists as they appear, find the state of your birth or find states you have visited and add to your “must-see or try” lists some of the items mentioned.

Did you know every state in the U.S. has certain foods related to only that specific state? One of the fun things to add to your vacation itinerary is to try these different foods when you are visiting other states. This is not to say you cannot find some of these foods in other states, but for the real deal, the original taste, these are the states you need to go to in order to truly experience why these foods are unique to the state you are visiting. After all, you can get a lobster roll in San Diego, but wouldn’t you rather get a lobster roll in Maine where they originated? As the U.S. opens up and folks begin to travel again, states will begin to see a surge in visitors. Don’t just stick with fast food when you travel, try local fare and what these states are known for. The states are listed in alphabetical order. Undoubtedly there will be some food items I may have missed which you may be familiar with for a state you may be from. Feel free to write in and list what you remember from your state. The key is to try new things when you get the opportunity.

Pecan Pie from Alabama

Alabama – Cheese Grits, Shrimp & Grits, Lane Cake, Pecan Pie, Hickory Smoked BBQ chicken

Alaska – Salmon, Ice Cream, King Crab

Arizona – Mexican Food – especially chimichangas, Fry bread, Sonoran Hot Dogs

Arkansas – Cheese Dip, Queso, Fried Chicken, Chocolate Gravy

California – In-n-Out Burgers, Avocados, Carnitas Burritos, Avocado Toast

Colorado – Beef Enchiladas, Breakfast Burritos, Slopper

Lobster Rolls are famous in Maine and Connecticutt.

Connecticut – New Haven Pizza, Lobster Rolls, Cheeseburgers, White Clam Pie

Delaware – Chicken, Scrapple

Florida – Cuban Food – especially Cuban sandwiches, Key Lime Pie,

Georgia – Peach Cobbler, Chicken Biscuits, Peaches

Hawaii – Spam, Poke, Plate Lunch, Loco Moco

Idaho – Potatoes, Finger Steaks, Ice Cream Potato

Illinois – Meat – like sausages and Italian Beef, Deep Dish Pizza, Pumpkins

Indiana – Sugar Cream Pie, Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches

Iowa – Corn on the Cob, Sweet Corn, Loose Meat Sandwiches

Kansas – Bread, Bierocks, Burnt Ends

Kentucky – Fried Chicken, The Hot Brown, Bourbon, Bourbon Balls

Louisiana – Crawfish, Gumbo, Fried Chicken, King Cake

Maine – Lobster, Lobster Rolls

Maryland – Blue Crab, Crab Cake

Massachusetts – Clam Chowder, Boston Beans, Boston Cream Pie

Michigan – Tart Cherries, Coney Dogs

The notorious Jucy Lucy from Minnesota

Minnesota – Tater Tots, Jucy Lucy, Honeycrisp Apples, Fried Fish

Mississippi – Biscuits & Gravy, Catfish, Hot Tamales

Biscuits and gravy for breakfast in Mississippi.

Missouri – BBQ, Toasted Ravioli, Gooey Butter Cake

Montana – Rocky Mountain Oysters, Huckleberries, Pork Chop Sandwich

Nebraska – Runza

Nevada – Buffet, The Awful Awful, Shrimp Cocktails, Nachos

New Hampshire – Cider Donuts, Apple Cider, Boiled Lobster

New Jersey – Saltwater Taffy, Pork Rolls, Sliders

New Mexico – Green Chiles, Green Chili Cheeseburger

New York – Bagels, Apples, Pastrami on Rye

North Carolina – Pulled Pork BBQ, Chopped BBQ Sandwiches

North Dakota – Hot dish, Bison Burgers, Lefsa, Chippers, Knoephle Soup

Ohio – Buckeyes, Skyline Chili, Spaghetti Five Ways

Oklahoma – Chicken Fried Steak, Fried Okra, Onion Fried Burger

Oregon – Marion Berry Pie, Voodoo Donuts

Pennsylvania – Cheesesteak, Roast Pork Sandwiches

Rhode Island – Clam Cakes, Coffee Milk, Hot Wieners, Stuffies

South Carolina – Sweet Tea, Chicken Bog, Low Country Boil, Boiled Peanuts, Whole Hog BBQ

Delicious Fry Bread covered with all the trimmings from South Dakota.

South Dakota – Kuchen, Chislic, Fry Bread

Tennessee – Nashville Hot Chicken, BBQ Ribs

Texas – Tex Mex, Barbecue, Chili Con Carne, Smoked Brisket

Utah – Jell-O, Funnel Potatoes, Fry Sauce

Vermont – Maple Syrup, Sugar on Snow

Virginia – Apples, Smithfield County Ham, Buttermilk Biscuits, Peanuts

Washington – Pho, Salmon, Coffee, Dungeness Crab

West Virginia – Pepperoni Rolls

Wisconsin – Cheese, Fried Cheese Curds

Wyoming – Beef Jerky, Soda Bread, Bison, Chicken Fried Steak

Washington D.C. – Mambo Sauce, Cherries


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