America The Best American Foods  

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List Rules Vote up the best American foods that were created in the United States.

You’ve probably heard the phrase “As American as apple pie.” Despite sounding so, well, American, its origins can be traced back to England. That’s because so much of American culture is appropriated from dozens of different cultures due to our cultural melting pot. So when it comes to American food, many American food staples have a history in other countries. Yet these tasty foods have become quintessential American dishes. Still, there are many foods (like corn dogs!) that originated in the USA.

Some of the foods on this list came from other countries and eventually evolved into what we know today, such as the cheeseburger. Other foods on this list are designed to seem like they’re from other countries but were actually created in America, like fortune cookies. Many of the foods on this list are tied to American traditions, like s’mores with camping and hot dogs with cookouts. Often, traditional American foods are tied to a certain state or region, like the Philly cheesesteak or Chicago deep dish pizza. 

What are the best American foods? This list features the tastiest foods that are considered American and are deeply tied to US traditions. If your favorite American dish or US food specialty isn't on this list of American foods, make sure to add it to show your pride for food and country.

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French fries is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best American Foods

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289 69
Cheeseburger is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best American Foods

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260 62
Chocolate chip cookie is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best American Foods

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255 65
Fried chicken is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best American Foods

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241 63
Macaroni and cheese is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best American Foods

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219 59
Steak is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best American Foods

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221 76
Apple pie is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best American Foods

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202 67
Potato chip is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best American Foods

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196 72
Doughnut is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best American Foods

10
149 43
Grilled cheese sandwich is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best American Foods

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181 64
Nachos is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best American Foods

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170 64
Hash browns is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best American Foods
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130 38
New York Style Pizza is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best American Foods
New York Style Pizza

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164 65
Tater Tots is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best American Foods

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179 72
Chicken Wings is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best American Foods

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171 75
Hot dog is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best American Foods

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171 73
Cupcake is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best American Foods

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153 68
Chicago Deep Dish Pizza is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best American Foods
Chicago Deep Dish Pizza

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158 72
Oreo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best American Foods
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112 41
Reese's Peanut Butter Cups is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best American Foods

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152 74
Cornbread is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best American Foods

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152 76
Peanut butter and jelly sandwi... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best American Foods

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112 47
Peanut butter is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best American Foods

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152 73
S'mores is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best American Foods
S'mores

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138 70
Philly Cheesesteak is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best American Foods
Philly Cheesesteak

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108 48
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best American Foods

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136 75
BLT is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best American Foods

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94 48
Stuffed-crust Pizza is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best American Foods
Stuffed-crust Pizza

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119 73
Pot roast is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best American Foods

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123 78
Corn dog is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best American Foods

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126 85
Banana split is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best American Foods

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103 66
Submarine sandwich is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best American Foods

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118 82
Meatloaf is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best American Foods

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82 47
Hershey bar is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best American Foods

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105 78
Jerky is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best American Foods

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93 66
Short ribs is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best American Foods

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93 63
Jambalaya is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best American Foods

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94 68
Key lime pie is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best American Foods

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9 0
Burrito is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best American Foods
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87 71
Chicken fried steak is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best American Foods

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64 54
Lucky Charms is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best American Foods

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67 60
Pop Tarts is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best American Foods
Pop Tarts

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7 0
Corn on the cob is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best American Foods
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76 75
Cold Smoked Wild Alaskan Salmo... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best American Foods

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71 73
Po' boy is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best American Foods

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6 0
Pulled Pork Sandwich is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best American Foods
rocky 35 added Pulled Pork Sandwich

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74 74
California roll is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best American Foods

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75 79
Clam chowder is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best American Foods

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15 6
Popcorn is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best American Foods
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68 75
Reuben sandwich is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best American Foods