Every state in the U.S. has an iconic dish to call its own. Georgia has its peach pie, Louisiana its gumbo, and Pennsylvania its scrapple. But not all plates are created equal. I imagine that some came late to the party and, after finding out that ribs and brisket were taken, just threw up their hands and simply went with vinegar fries. Anyway, here is my list of the Top 5 Best and Top 5 Worst State Dishes.
5. The Lobster Roll (Maine)
I discovered a newfound appreciation for the lobster roll two years ago when my buddy, Martin Gero, hired a lobster food truck to cater his birthday party. Akemi was so enamored that she has taken to perfecting her own version.
4. Mud Pie (Mississippi)
I love my desserts decadent and chocolatey, and this one offers the very best of both worlds.
3. Philly Cheesesteak (Pennsylvania)
In terms of sandwiches, it doesn’t get any better than this: beef, green peppers, and cheese!
2. Ribs (Kansas)
Tender, juicy ribs smothered in the state’s classic sweet and tangy tomato and molasses-based sauce.
1. Ribs (Tennessee)
But as much as I love sauced rubs, there’s nothing quite like the delicious dry rub variety.
AND THE WORST…
5. The Buffet (Vegas)
Mediocre jack of all culinary trades, master of run.
4. Funeral Potatoes (Utah)
Where the following ingredients go to die: hash browns, onions, cheese, potato chips, corn flakes, and cream soup.
3. Hot Dish (Minnesota)
“Hoddish” is a hot mess of ground beef, pasta, tomato, and cheese. Variations include versions with green beans, cream of mushroom soup and sauerkraut.
2. Vinegar Fries (Delaware)
Why would you do that to a french fry?
1. Deep Dish Pizza (Illinois)
The picture alone triggers my gag reflex.