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The Most-Craved, Favorite Regional Foods

From boiled peanuts to reindeer hot dogs and deep-fried rattlesnakes, take a look at the wildly sought-after favorite foods across America.

If you’re in the Rocky Mountains, you might find: “Oysters”

Rocky Mountains oysters bear little resemblance to oysters—considering they are, in actuality, deep-fried bull testicles.

Source: The New York Times

If you’re in the Southwest, you might find: Frito Pie

It’s just like it sounds: Fritos corn chips, chili, and melted cheese. Some purists even eat it straight out of a Fritos bag. And we wonder why it’s only a regional favorite.

If you’re in Cincinnati, OH, you might find: Skyline Chili

Cinnamon-spiked skyline chili is served atop of spaghetti. If it sounds crazy, consider how similar it actually is to spaghetti and Bolognese suace. As the locals say, don’t knock it ’till you try it.

If you’re in Alaska, you might find: Reindeer steaks

Reindeer (also known as caribou) meat is sold in supermarkets and used in everything from hot dogs to smoked sausage.

If you’re in Hawaii, you might find: Loco Moco

Everybody do the Loco Moco! This popular sunny state dish is comprised of white rice topped with a hamburger patty, fried egg, and gravy.

Source: Food and Wine

If you’re in New Orleans, you might find: Beignets

This fancy take on doughnut holes is made with a buttery pastry dough that’s then deep-fried and topped with powdered sugar. They can also be savory, so check before you bite in!

If you’re in New York City, you might find:

Pizza—and bagels. It’s a carb-eat-carb world out there.

If you’re in Texas, you might find: Deep-fried rattlesnake

Isn’t everything better when it’s deep-fried?

Source: Food and Wine

If you’re in Italy, you might find: Gelato

It’s like ice cream, but creamier. Some say it’s healthier than ice cream, and some say it’s worse for you. Either way, it’s delicious.

If you’re in France, you might find: Croissants

Overseas they nearly always use real butter (most American manufacturers use margarine, which results in fluffier croissants, with less flavor).

When you’re in Pennsylvania, you might find: Scrapple

It was a staple of those hard-working settlers: all sorts of meat scraps mixed with all sorts of grain scraps, then fried. (SCRAP-ple, get it?)

If you’re in Upstate New York, you might find: a Garbage Plate

What do you call an “Everything But the Kitchen Sink Plate” of macaroni salad, potatoes, and whatever meat your heart desires? That would be one Garbage Plate, please.


If you’re in Maryland, you might find: Crab cakes

Actually, who are we kidding. Of course you’ll find crab cakes. But at least here they’re fresh as can be!

If you’re in Pittsburgh, you might find: Chipped ham

This ham is thinly sliced, mixed with seasonings, and molded into a loaf. Think of it as your lunch meat plus toppings, in one convenient package.

Source: Wikipedia

If you’re in New Jersey, you might find: Salt-water taffy

Head to the nearest seaside boardwalk and look out for samples: chances are, if you stop at one or two pieces, you’ll never have to buy.

If you’re in Key West, you might find: Key lime pie

When a dish is named after its locale (at least in part) it’s a shoo-in to being declared a regional treat. In this case, it’s key lime pies, named after the key limes that are prolific in the area.

If you’re in Louisana, you might find: Turducken

Apparently, the Turducken comes from Louisiana (it had to originate somewhere, right?). How does one make a turducken? Simply stuff a chicken inside of a duck, and then stuff that inside of a turkey (and then tell us how you did it.)

Source: Food and Wine

If you’re in Wisconsin, you might find: Cheese curds

You need to be near a cheese factory to get the real good stuff—cheese curds, a by-product of the cheese-making process, are best eaten within a few hours. Since Wisconsin produces a lot of cheese, you’re never far from the curds.

Source: Wikipedia

If you’re in Minnesota, you might find: Deep-fried cheese curds

Deep fried cheese curds are king at the Minnesota State Fair…and we want some.

Source: Food and Wine

If you’re in Utica, NY, you might find: Chicken riggies

Chicken riggies is really just a take on chicken cacciatore—but the name is so much fun to say!

Source: Rachael Ray

If you’re in the South, you might find: Boiled peanuts

After four hours of deep boiling in their shells, these peanuts taste like cooked, salty beans. You can even eat the little ones whole, shells and all.

Source: Wikipedia

If you’re in Alaska, you might find: Eskimo ice cream

Eskimo ice cream skips the cream and gets straight to the strong stuff: shortening. Berries, sugar, and snow round out the recipe.

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