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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366 82
French fries is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best American Foods

2
371 91
Cheeseburger is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best American Foods

3
331 78
Fried chicken is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best American Foods

4
320 82
Chocolate chip cookie is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best American Foods

5
299 83
Macaroni and cheese is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best American Foods

6
270 79
Steak is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best American Foods

7
184 44
New York Style Pizza is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best American Foods
New York Style Pizza

8
241 86
Doughnut is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best American Foods

9
262 99
Apple pie is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best American Foods

10
239 86
Potato chip is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best American Foods

11
193 59
Grilled cheese sandwich is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best American Foods

12
210 74
Tater Tots is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best American Foods

13
218 81
Nachos is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best American Foods

14
210 78
Hash browns is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best American Foods
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15
220 84
Chicken Wings is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best American Foods

16
205 94
Hot dog is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best American Foods

17
192 81
Chicago Deep Dish Pizza is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best American Foods
Chicago Deep Dish Pizza

18
202 88
Cupcake is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best American Foods

19
193 87
Oreo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best American Foods
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20
149 57
Reese's Peanut Butter Cups is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best American Foods

21
147 59
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best American Foods

22
184 89
Cornbread is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best American Foods

23
187 83
S'mores is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best American Foods
S'mores

24
183 98
Peanut butter and jelly sandwi... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best American Foods

25
134 61
Peanut butter is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best American Foods