The Most Delicious Food from Every State
These delicious dishes from every state are going to make you want to go on a cross-country road trip.
America the tasty
Reader’s Digest teamed up with our sister publication Taste of Home to produce America the Tasty. More than 70 editors and field editors from Taste of Home submitted their state’s favorite noshes. And Taste of Home and Reader’s Digest readers also weighed in with stories about their state’s most delicious eats. If you’re curious, this is what all 50 states look like designed out of food.
Signature dish: Chicken in white sauce. During the 1920s, Alabamians flocked to railroad worker ’s backyard on the weekends for hickory-smoked chicken smothered in his own vinegar-and-mayonnaise sauce. His Decatur restaurant and his chicken and white sauce are still institutions.
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Signature dish: King crab legs. “Even before the rise of Deadliest Catch, I loved king crab legs. On a dream trip to Alaska, we ordered them, and the legs were longer than my arm.” —Renee Page, Taste of Home field editor
Signature dish: Posole, a stew made from pork shoulder and hominy. “Posole is a wonderful hearty soup that we ate with our Hispanic neighbors for New Year’s or Christmas.”
—Lisa McNeil, Taste of Home reader
Signature dish: Fish tacos. “Sitting at the beach, watching the sunset and the surfers, and having a fish taco. Not many other states can claim this experience.” —Kallee Krong-McCreery, Taste of Home field editor
Signature dish: Green chile pork. “Colorado is one of the few states where you can find green chile. It’s on almost every menu, served alone or slathered on something. Some of my favorite memories are the smell of my family’s kitchen when my dad was making this dish with our family-raised pork.” —Crystal Jo Bruns, Taste of Home field editor
Signature dish: Scrapple. The ultimate mystery meat is actually made of pork scraps, cornmeal, flour, and spices. Wanna learn how to serve it? The World Championship Scrapple Recipe Cook‑Off & Expo is held every year in Newark, Delaware.
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Signature dish: Cuban sandwich. While most people think of Miami as the capital of Cuban American culture, Tampa claimed the Cubano as its signature sandwich in 2012. The Tampa version is a triple threat, featuring sweet ham, roast pork, and Genoa salami—and exactly three pickles. These are the strangest food laws in every state. Have you broken any?