List of State Foods Has Some Surprises

This list of foods identified with the 50 states has some surprises. For example, when I think of Louisiana I don’t instantly think of muffaletas, but that is the food chose as the food identifiable with Louisiana. My first choice of food from Louisiana would be gumbo or Natchitoches meat pies. Some might even say crawfish is more identifiable with Louisiana.

It surprised me that Kansas not Kentucky is the state that shows fried chicken as their iconic food. Arkansas page shows that chicken and dumplings is the food best known in the state.

Peach pies have been around in Georgia since 1571. Hawaii’s iconic food is spam musabi, The spam is grilled and a mori sheet covers the rice.

We can thank Idaho for inventing finger steaks in 1957. Pizzeria Uno in Chicago introduced deep dish pizza in 1943 and is still being enjoyed 69 years later.

Kentucky introduced the Hot Brown Breakfast Sandwich in 1926, which consists of bacon, turkey, tomatoes and Mornay sauce.

The afore-mentioned muffaleta sandwich was first made by Sicilian immigrants in New Orleans in 1906. It is a cold cuts and olive sandwich, which is best left out for a few hours.

It is no surprise that clam chowder is the favorite food for Massachusettians and when you see the photo on the page you may want to hustle up the ingredients to make some, especially on a cold winter day.

Michigan grows the most tart cherries in the U.S. so it is understandable, why Michiganians like their cherry pie.

Missouri is known for Kansas City barbecue, which is served with cole slaw, potato salad and baked beans.

Nebraska naturally is known for their Omaha steaks, which were served on passenger trains in the 1940’s.

New York is famous for Buffalo wings, which were invented naturally in Buffalo, New York.

New Jersey is known for their hoagie sandwiches, which are Italian-styled subs that include whatever kind of cold cuts you choose.

Ohio gives us Cincinnati Chili, unlike most chilis in that it is a plate of spaghetti covered with a mound of cheese and secret chili sauce.

Oklahoma has designated Chicken Fried Steak as their favorite meal, even though it reportedly originated in Texas.

Pennsylvania’s choice is a no-brainer, since Philly Cheesesteak is overwhelming the favorite in Pennsylvania and it is becoming more popular throughout the United States, as more fast food places begin serving their versions of Philly Cheesesteak.

Tennessee is known for its mountain stack cakes, that look similar to a stack of pancakes, but only in appearance.

Texas naturally shows Beef Chili as their favorite food.

Utah has one of the more off-the-wall foods as their page shows Jello Pretzel Salad. Crushed pretzels make up the base of this treat with cream cheese in the middle and berry Jello on top.

Vermont claims Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream as their state food, since it has been served since 1978.

Virginia chooses ham biscuits as their most popular food.

West Virginia coal miners took the next food to work with them. It was the pepperoni roll, which didn’t need to be frozen so was a perfect lunch-time treat.

Wisconsin features beer brats which consisted of bratwurst poached in beer (not sure what poached means) and grilled with onions and butter.

These have been short descriptions of some states, that were picked at random. For the entire list and photos of the food of each state:

Author: Andrew Godfrey

Retired from newspaper work after 38 years. Had served in the Army in Hawaii and Vietnam in the 60's. Am now retired and living in Sulphur, Louisiana.

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