Top 10 Iconic Foods in the USA
The USA is a multicutural country and also a heaven of foods across the countries. Listed below is top 10 iconic foods in the USA that visitors should check it out.
1. The brisket at Franklin BBQ (Austin, TX)
You've probably heard the hype, but in an area where brisket is life and debate runs hot, Franklin BBQ reigns supreme with its totally bonkers brisket. Yes, there is almost always a a 3hr line outside, and you best be there before 10am for any chance at eating (pro tip: bring beer and a lawn chair), but by the time the Texas Sun has risen to half-past scorching you'll be at the counter sucking down a sample slice of the most meticulously smoked brisket in the entire world, and the next few minutes will be a blur of meat so moist and candied in fat that you'll never think of barbecue the same way again. And that's coming from a real-life Texan's meat-stuffed mouth.
2. The Ghetto Burger at Ann's Snack Bar (Atlanta, GA)
Miss Ann runs a tight ship in her tiny joint, which has just as many rules as Fight Club (eight), and if you don't watch your effin' mouth she'll kick you right out. But even if the sasspot told you to stand on your head while eating, it'd be worth it to score one of her ginormous Ghetto Burgers, a monstrosity of two patties hand-patted by Ann herself and loaded with chili, bacon, cheese, chili, onions, lettuce, and tomato. Resist the temptation to lean on the counter when you're done (or you'll be booted), but do feel free to talk about the Ghetto Burger. You won't be able to help it anyway.
3. Crab cakes at Faidley's (Baltimore, MD)
Most crab cakes are dainty, puck-shaped appetizers. Most crab cakes aren't Faidley's, which since 1886 has been shelling out baseball-sized, lumpy balls of fried crabby goodness. This is the gold standard of how all crab cakes should taste, and, lucky for those who don't live in Baltimore, they ship frozen versions by mail, making it possible to host the most badass The Wire binge-watching party ever.
4. Lobster roll at Neptune Oyster (Boston, MA)
It doesn’t really make sense. Why is the best oyster bar and seafood spot in the city sitting in a sliver of a restaurant on Salem Street in the heart of the deepest Italian section of Boston’s most Italian neighborhood? But logic arguments aside, Chef Michael Serpa and crew pack them in every day from lunch 'til close to get a taste of their delicious oysters and the best, most simply incredible Maine lobster roll in the city. We prefer ours cold with mayo BECAUSE WE’RE NOT CONNECTICUT HEATHENS, but we must admit, you kind of can’t go wrong either way.
5. The Chicago Dog at Hot Doug's (Chicago, IL)
Chicago's pizza may draw the controversy-stoking headlines, but the Chicago style hot dog is the city's most indispensable delicacy. And you want your first time to be good (unlike certain OTHER firsts), so you're going to wait in line at Hot Doug's and know that all the critical elements -- the steamed natural casing dog, neon relish, the surprisingly hot sport peppers, the fresh tomato slices, the yellow mustard, and the dash of celery salt -- will all come together with impeccable balance and precision. The one minor break with tradition is the use of grilled onions instead of raw, but even the most hardened traditionalist has to acknowledge change is good sometimes… hell, they'll gladly tell you that as they wait in line with you.
6. Arizona: Chimichangas
The chimichanga is one of those dishes you may not realize are American in origin. This Southwestern staple has a bit of a contested history, but as legend goes, the chimichanga was invented at El Charro in Tucson, Arizona, when the restaurant’s founder accidentally dropped a burrito in a deep fryer. It was a beautiful accident, though, resulting in this crispy, iconic dish.
7. Colorado: Rocky Mountain oysters
If you’re looking for the snack food that defines your state and you happen to live in Colorado, look no further than Rocky Mountain oysters. No, they’re not shellfish; they’re actually calf testicles that have been thin-sliced, breaded and deep-fried. They’re iconic cowboy fare and are served at bars and restaurants all across Colorado.
8. Louisiana: Crawfish
Creole and Cajun cuisine includes many iconic dishes, from jambalaya to beignets to red beans and rice. But perhaps the most famous food from New Orleans, and all of Louisiana, is crawfish, which was named the state crustacean in 1983. To eat them, gather a crowd and prep a crawfish boil, complete with potatoes, corn and andouille sausage.
9. Maine: Lobster rolls
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If you’re looking for lobster rolls from the best seafood shacks in America, get yourself to Maine. There, you’ll find mayonnaise-based lobster salad piled on top of perfectly buttered and toasted rolls — though plenty of places also serve this sandwich warm and buttery.
10. Massachusetts: Boston cream pie
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|Massachusetts has quite a few foods it's known for: New England clam chowder, cranberries and baked beans, among others. But if you have a sweet tooth and find yourself in the Bay State, you're in luck, because the state has a signature dessert. Boston cream pie was named Massachusetts' official state dessert in 1996. Not a pie fan? Get a Boston cream doughnut at one of America's best doughnut shops instead. That treat was named Massachusetts’ state doughnut in 2003.|
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