One of the greatest things about food in America is all the regional specialties in food. Each state has their own personality due to the many diverse people that have made this land so great. It’s exciting to see what different cuisines each state has to offer, especially the unique foods that may not be heard of in another place. A food that’s common in Georgia might draw blank stares in Massachusetts, while a Missouri delicacy might horrify citizens of Florida.
Why not try them all? We’ve selected a unique regional food from each state, so you can do just that.
Alabama: Orange Rolls
In Cullman, Alabama people stand hours in line for these bright orange, sticky sweet buns.
Alaska: Eskimo Ice Cream (Akutaq)
Akutaq is whipped of reindeer fat or tallow, seal oil, freshly fallen snow or water, fresh berries, and sometimes ground fish. Fat has never looked so good.
Arkansas: Chocolate Gravy
Southerners win the brunch game.
California: Garlic Ice Cream
The Gilroy Garlic Festival is one of the largest festivals in the US serving lots of free garlic ice cream. You can get delicious garlic ice cream year round at Marianne’s Ice Cream in Santa Cruz. Just make sure not to kiss anyone afterwards.
Colorado: Rocky Mountain Oysters
Not the oysters from a shell like you might be thinking. It’s actually deep fried bull testicles! Make sure to go to the Testy Fest and a have a “ball.”
Connecticut: Steaming Cheeseburgers
I thought steaming was just for clothes until I saw this. Steaming cheeseburgers instead of frying them is common around the mid-Connecticut area. Watch these West Coasters’ thoughts on it.
Delaware: Capriotti’s Bobbie
A sandwich with Thanksgiving leftovers served anytime of the year? Yes, please! Other sandwich places need to take note. Make your own version at home.
Florida: Swamp Cabbage
Contrary to how it sounds, swamp cabbage is one tasty dish according to South Floridians.
Georgia: Coke & Salted Peanuts
Looks like an acai bowl but with a much neutral taste. It is made by pounding the root of the taro plant and adding water until it reaches a smooth consistency.
Idaho: Ice Cream Potato
I can’t think of anything more Idaho.
Illinois: Horseshoe Sandwich
The unofficial sandwich of Springfield, Illinois. An open-faced sandwich with a hamburger patty, topped with fries and cheese sauce. Obama and Bette Milder liked the Horseshoe sandwich, so it has to be good.
Indiana: Brain Sandwich
From a cow’s brain and only for the mooo-st adventurous. Can find ’em at Hilltop Inn in Evansville, IN.
Iowa: Maid Rite Sandwiches
Maid-Rite has been an Iowa tradition since 1926. A Maid-Rite is a loose meat sandwich made with seasoned, slow-cooked ground beef served on a warm, slightly sweet bun. It may be the best sandwich you ever eat.
Kansas: Sour Cream and Raisin Pie
Kentucky: Hot Brown
Fancy Kentucky Derby hangover food. The Hot Brown is a turkey and bacon open faced sandwich turkey and bacon, covered in Mornay sauce and broiled until the bread is crisp and the sauce begins to brown.
Louisiana: Turtle Soup
People are just snapping up this New Orleans delicacy.
These chocolate covered potato candies put chocolate covered chips to shame.
Maryland: Thrasher’s Vinegar Fries
Doused in vinegar while chasing seagulls away on the boardwalk.
Massachusetts: Grape Nuts Ice Cream
New Englanders are really good at hiding cereal in desserts.
Michigan: Olive Burger
Olives on burgers are just as good as olives in martinis.
Lutefisk is dried and salted white fish that has a gelatinous texture. It was brought to Minnesota by Scandinavian immigrants. Thousands of people eat for the holidays every year.
Have you seen a pickle so bright? A Koolickle is a pickle dipped in Kool-Aid that originated in the Mississippi delta region. Whoever thought of this is genius.
People actually eat pig snouts as well. They are considered a delicacy in St. Louis.
Nebraska: Cheese Frenchees
Deep-fried grilled cheese. This looks so good, I’m at a loss for words.
Nevada: Honey Toast
Ice cream stuffed in a box of toasted and buttered brioche. Perfect for breakfast after a night of bad decisions in Sin City.
New Hampshire: Apple Pie with Cheddar Cheese
The perfect combination of salty and sweet.
New Jersey: Tomato Pie
This pie originated from the Trenton area. It is kinda like a Sicilian pizza but with no cheese. The power is all in the sauce.
New Mexico: Roadside Beef Jerky
You may see more roadside beef jerky stops than rest stops in New Mexico, just a heads up.
New York: Garbage Plate
Despite the name, you should absolutely eat it.
North Carolina: Livermush
A North Carolina speciality that, despite being made from pig’s liver and head, is actually quite tasty.
North Dakota: Chocolate Covered Potato Chips
Ohio: Skyline Chili
Skyline Chili is chili made with a secret sauce that is rumored to contain some chocolate or cinnamon. It’s usually on top of pasta and topped with cheese.
Oklahoma: Deep-Fried Gummy Bear
This has to win the prize for being one of the most outrageous fair foods that we can’t wait to bite into.
In Portland, it’s completely normal to have bone marrow in your ice cream. Not only is this ice cream yummy, but bone marrow has lots of health benefits. Way to go, Portland!
Pennsylvania: Hog Maw
Hog Maw is pig’s stomach cleaned and stuffed with potatoes, cabbage, onion, and spices.
Rhode Island: Coffee Milk
Coffee milk is so popular in Rhode Island that it’s even served in schools.
South Carolina: Banana & Mayo Sandwiches
South Dakota: Chislic
Cubed beef, lamb, or venison that’s cut into cubes deep fried, and salted.
42. Tennessee: Sweet Potato Pancakes
Texas: Frito Pie
Frito pie is not pie at all, but rather a pile of Fritos with chili on top.
Utah: Funeral Potatoes
You might die of happiness eating this delicious crunchy, potato casserole.
Vermont: Maple Syrup Snow Candy
Next time it snows, pour some maple syrup over snow and roll it up with a stick. It’s so yummy that you’ll never complain about snow again.
Virginia: Peanut Soup
If you love peanuts, Virginia is for you.
Washington: Apples on Top of Pizza
It’s no secret that Washingtonians love their apples… even on top of pizza. Saddle Rock Pub & Brewery is famous for this pizza.
West Virginia: Ramps
Wisconsin: Beer Cheese Soup
Every frat boy’s dream.
Wyoming: Elk Burger
Too bad elk is pretty rare because it is naturally low in fat, low in cholesterol and high in protein.