How in the world is it possible to gauge the taste and complexity of every state in America's signature dish? People will have their wavering opinions, but in order to determine the best of the best, each of these meals needs to be meticulously analyzed. And because there is no way to include everyone's stake on the matter, let's break it down to a simple formula.
Each of these trademark servings has a unique taste in their own right. So to break it down, these foods will be judged based on the elaborateness of its recipe and how likely people are to order it. Prepared to feel hungry because here is every state in America's signature dish, ranked.
SPAM: This vile processed meat might okay in a pinch, but nobody is choosing this over bonafide burgers. The contaminants of this food is still a mystery.
49 New Jersey
Salt Water Taffy: A lot of people are not fond of this sea-side treat despite its chewy sweetness. But if you're ever in Jersey, apparently their pork roll sandwich with egg and cheese are something to write home about.
Jell-O: Not really a dish, but everyone can at least appreciate the jiggly dessert. Especially if there is alcohol blended into the mix.
Fried Okra: These small bites are a great snack, though visitors might not think to pick this first on any Oklahoma restaurant menu. Surprisingly, they're also known for their chicken fried steak.
Maple Syrup: Again, not really something you should be pouring all over your spaghetti, but where would the world be without this thick, rich condiment?
Frozen Custard: Nobody really thinks to stop in Delaware just to try one of their famous bowls of frozen custard. Their vinegar and french fries, on the other hand, are quite a tasty concept.
Blueberry Muffin: As the official state muffin, this seems the closest this state has to an official dish. They're apparently known for their tater tots, too, but those can be varnished anywhere.
43 Rhode Island
Hot Wieners: As more of a snack than an actual meal, Rhode Island's hot dog dish remains low on the list. Plus, do you actually think of hot dogs when you think of Rhode Island?
Corndog: The state vegetable of Iowa is corn, so at least they incorporated that claim into their well-known serving of corndogs.
Fried Ravioli: Missouri doesn't seem to have one signature meal that it's known for. They can whip up a tasty batch of ice cream, but their idea of fried raviolo seems hard to pass up.
Bratwurst: Wisconsin doesn't seem to be the healthiest of states. With staple foods like bratwurst and cheese on their plates, however, you may be able to find a mouth-watering combination.
Chicken Fried Steak: Most people gravitate towards Kentucky when they hear chicken fried steak, but apparently Wyoming is giving them a run for their money.
All You Can Eat Buffets: This would be higher on the list, because who doesn't love an endless option of meals? But because they can't seem to claim a unique dish on their own, Nevada's ranking has to remain stunted.
Southern Catfish: Arkansas is technically a southern state, but most people would assuredly think of Alabama of Georgia when it comes to catfish because they go to Arkansas. Arkansas is also known for its grain. So there's that.
Virginia Ham Biscuits: It's kind of like Thanksgiving in your mouth with traditional homestyle biscuits cushioning a bed of ham and smothered with mustard.
Finger Steaks: You may have been thinking the potato as Idaho's signature food, but their finger steaks are a little bit more special.
34 South Dakota
Kuchen: This word means cake in German, and in South Dakota, you'll find it's just a simple sugary desert.
Fried Green Tomatoes: As one of America's national treasures, you can bet that Alabama' fried green tomatoes are worth a try.
Kansas Style Ribs: These take three or four hours to perfect, but with Kansas BBQ sauce, it's worth the wait.
31 New Hampshire
New England Boiled Dinner: Now we're finally getting to substantial meals! This pot dish has corn beef, brisket, and ham paired with carrots, potatoes, and cabbage.
Memphis Dry-Rub Ribs: Any southern style of cooking from Tennessee would probably blow your mind, but dry-rub ribs are where it's at.
29 West Virginia
Pepperoni Roll: What could be better than a hot, fresh loaf of bread stuffed with cheese and pepperoni? Nothing.
Huckleberry Pie: On to the desserts, we have Montana's dark huckleberry baked pie that might just be the most famous next to apple.
Marionberry Pie: This one is pretty much the same as Montana's except with marionberries. Oregon is more famous for its pie dish, though.
Peach Cobbler: A Georgian can't be authenticated as a true settler without knowing how to make a peach cobbler.
Key Lime Pie: If you visit Florida and you don't try their key lime pie, you are doing Florida wong.
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Mississippi Mud Pie: This dessert is a made up of a light chocolate whipped center, glutinous chocolate drizzle, and a crumbly crust made out of (you guessed it) chocolate.
Buckeye: Thank the heavens for Ohio's brilliant gooey combination of peanut butter and chocolate. It's better than Reese's.
Burgoo: Not fried chicken? Nope. Their burgoo stew tastes amazing with cornbread, though.
Chilli Verde: The spiciest chili this side of the Mississippi.
Runza: A baked bread pocket stuffed with beef, sauerkraut, cabbage, sauerkraut, and onions. A mighty step up from the Hot Pocket.
Fish Tacos: California can make anything popular. Their fish tacos are a staple dish, along with anything avocado.
18 North Carolina
Pulled Pork Barbecue: Where would the world be without this sweet and tangy dish that just falls apart in your mouth?
Chimichunga: A tasty deep-fried burrito with all the Tex-Mex fillings.
Hoosier Sandwich: A breaded pork tenderloin sandwich that can do no wrong.
Salmon: Simple and cursory, there's no way Alaska's salmon isn't the freshest in the country.
Michigan Pasty: A delicious handheld meat pie who's authenticity you should question if you're not in Michigan.
Gumbo: If you go to New Orlean's there's probably not a single restaurant that doesn't have Gumbo on their menu.
Lobster Roll: A griddled hotdog bun topped with a chilled lobster salad. You won't have fresher lobster than those found on the shores on Maine.
Crab Cake: There isn't a single other state that can take away Maryland's crab cake pride.
New England Clam Chowder: Massachusetts may have the most official state foods, but there is no topping their clam chowder dish.
9 New Mexico
Green Chile: Whether it's served in cheeseburgers or in an enchilada their green chile in New Mexico can do no wrong.
BBQ Brisket: The original, reliable Texas BBQ brisket. Where else would you get your barbeque?
White Clam Pizza: This uncommon dish is made up of oregano, parmesan cheese, and clam all on one delicious unconventional pizza.
6 North Dakota
Bison Burgers: If you want to talk burgers, talk to North Dakota. Their hearty bison burgers are a tough meal to finish.
5 South Carolina
Shrimp and Grits: A little bit of seafood mixed with cheese and savory grains? Yes, please.
Cheesesteak: You can never go wrong with this meat-packed classic. However, if you're expecting a mountain of white cheese from Philly, you'll be surprised when they top your sandwich off with cheese whiz.
3 New York
New York-Style Pizza: New York is known for a lot of things (buffalo wings, anyone?) but their pizza? Bon appetit!
Cedar-Planked Salmon: Washington's salmon gets plenty of love, soaked on a cedar plank for that oaky finish.
Chicago Style Deep Dish Pizza: And while New York is taking a run for their money, Chicago's world-famous pizza is at the top of the charts.