Most iconic foods across the 50 states, got a fork?

What are the most iconic foods across the 50 states? Grab a fork, a big appetite and a sense of food adventure to take this food journey.

Who doesn’t like a good food trip? Can you think of the most iconic foods across the 50 states? While everyone has a favorite food, must try food or even a cringe worthy food, a state’s most iconic food needs to be directly tied to that state. From a native ingredient to a food that everyone loves, each state has a food that you have to try when visiting that state.

Flavored Nation has compiled its list of 50 foods/dishes that represent the 50 states. This most iconic dishes were compiled by a group of food entertainment veterans and culinary experts. While some of the dishes are recognizable by the majority of people, a few dishes are definitely more local delicacies.


50 states most iconic foods, photo provided by Flavored Nation


Here’s Flavored Nation’s 50 states most iconic foods.

Alabama – Fried green tomatoes
Alaska – Reindeer sausage
Arizona – Chimichangas
Arkansas – Fried Catfish
California – Southern California Fish Tacos
Colorado – Pueblo Chile Relleno
Connecticut – Warm Lobster Roll
Delaware – Scrapple Sliders
Florida – Key Lime Pie
Georgia – Peach Cobbler
Hawaii – Plate Lunch with Kalua Pig and Pineapple Rice
Idaho – Finger Steaks
Illinois – Deep Dish Pizza
Indiana – Breaded Tenderloin Sandwich
Iowa – Corn Dog
Kansas – Sour Cream and Raisin Pie
Kentucky – Hot Brown
Louisiana – Gumbo
Maine – Cold Lobster Roll
Maryland – Crab Cake
Massachusetts – New England Clam Chowder
Michigan – Coney Dog
Minnesota – Wild Rice Soup
Mississippi – Mississippi Mud Pie
Missouri – St Louis BBQ Pork Steak
Montana – Bison Burger with Huckleberry BBQ Sauce
Nebraska – Runza Sandwich
Nevada – Prime Rib
New Hampshire – Pumpkin Soup
New Jersey – Pork Roll
New Mexico – Enchiladas with Christmas on the side
New York – Buffalo Chicken Wings
North Carolina – Pulled Pork w/ East Carolina Vinegar Sauce
North Dakota – Knoephla
Ohio – Buckeyes
Oklahoma – Fried Okra
Oregon – Marionberry Pie
Pennsylvania – Philly Cheesesteak
Rhode Island – Johnnycakes with Maple Syrup
South Carolina – Shrimp and Grits
South Dakota – Chislic
Tennessee – Nashville Hot Chicken
Texas – Chicken Fried Steak
Utah – Artisanal Chocolate
Vermont – Cheddar Cheese Apple Pie
Virginia- Old Dominion Ham Biscuits
Washington – Cedar Plank Salmon
West Virginia – Pepperoni Rolls
Wisconsin – Bratwurst
Wyoming – Bison Meatballs

A quick glance at this long, impressive list makes me feel like quite a foodie. While I don’t want to brag, I have eaten the majority of these iconic foods. Some of the foods on this list are common. Who hasn’t had deep dish pizza (even if it wasn’t in Chicago), Key Lime Pie, bratwurst or even fried okra?

Looking at this list, there are several foods that I would love to try. While I have tried many types of game meat, I have never had reindeer sausage. I wonder if someone from Alaska could ship a case down to the lower 48.

A few items on this list stumped me. I had never heard of a Runza sandwich, but I definitely want to try one. The Russian style sandwich is a yeast dough stuffed with beef and cabbage. No, this sandwich is definitely not a Hot Pocket.


Nebraska Runza Sandwich, photo provided by Flavored Nation


Of course, this iconic foods list is meant to be fun. Everyone will debate why each of these foods were chosen by the experts. Isn’t it just better to eat your way through the list than argue about it?

While taking a food road trip can be a lot of fun, traveling across the U.S. in search of all these special foods may only be feasible for a food television personality or someone with deep pockets. I would rather think of this food list as a great reference piece.

Many of us travel for work, family obligations and sometimes for fun. While finding a great restaurant recommendation can be easy, getting a definitive answer on a specific area’s best regional food is more difficult. For example, a trip to New Orleans could have you wondering if you should eat gumbo, beignets or low country boil. With this list saved, you can look at a menu and find a local favorite.

New Jersey pork roll, photo provided by Flavored Nation

Hopefully, this list and the Flavored Nation conference will spark a conversation about real, approachable regional food. If you have never had a hot brown or scrapple, you should try it. Don’t let a name or a pre-conceived notion sway you. Or, don’t get stuck in a food rut. Everywhere has a hamburger and French fries. You can’t get pork roll in Florida.

For those foodies who want to join the food conversation, the Flavored Nation conference could be a fun summer trip. Held in Ohio this August, the conference will have all these 50 iconic foods under one roof. If you attend, you better bring a hearty appetite to taste all these delicious offerings.

If you don’t get to attend this new food festival, don’t fret. Keep this most iconic foods across the 50 states list. Just like that trip bucket list, make this list your food bucket list. Who’s ready to start crossing some of the foods off the list?

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