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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273 59
French fries is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best American Foods

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283 69
Cheeseburger is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best American Foods

3
250 64
Fried chicken is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best American Foods

4
256 62
Chocolate chip cookie is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best American Foods

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236 63
Macaroni and cheese is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best American Foods

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214 59
Steak is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best American Foods

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217 76
Apple pie is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best American Foods

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197 67
Potato chip is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best American Foods

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193 72
Doughnut is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best American Foods

10
146 43
Grilled cheese sandwich is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best American Foods

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177 64
Nachos is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best American Foods

12
166 63
Hash browns is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best American Foods
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127 37
New York Style Pizza is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best American Foods
New York Style Pizza

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161 65
Tater Tots is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best American Foods

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175 72
Chicken Wings is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best American Foods

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167 75
Hot dog is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best American Foods

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168 73
Cupcake is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best American Foods

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149 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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156 71
Oreo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best American Foods
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109 41
Reese's Peanut Butter Cups is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best American Foods

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149 74
Cornbread is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best American Foods

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148 76
Peanut butter and jelly sandwi... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best American Foods

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150 73
S'mores is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best American Foods
S'mores

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109 47
Peanut butter is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best American Foods

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106 48
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best American Foods

26
135 70
Philly Cheesesteak is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best American Foods
Philly Cheesesteak

27
133 75
BLT is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best American Foods

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92 48
Stuffed-crust Pizza is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best American Foods
Stuffed-crust Pizza

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117 73
Pot roast is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best American Foods

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121 78
Corn dog is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best American Foods

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124 85
Banana split is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best American Foods

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100 66
Submarine sandwich is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best American Foods

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80 47
Hershey bar is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best American Foods

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115 82
Meatloaf is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best American Foods

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102 78
Jerky is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best American Foods

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91 66
Short ribs is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best American Foods

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90 63
Jambalaya is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best American Foods

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92 68
Key lime pie is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best American Foods

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85 71
Chicken fried steak is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best American Foods

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62 54
Lucky Charms is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best American Foods

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7 0
Burrito is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best American Foods
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65 60
Pop Tarts is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best American Foods
Pop Tarts

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69 73
Po' boy is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best American Foods

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73 75
Cold Smoked Wild Alaskan Salmo... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best American Foods

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73 74
California roll is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best American Foods

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73 79
Clam chowder is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best American Foods

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67 75
Reuben sandwich is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best American Foods

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13 6
Popcorn is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best American Foods
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44 50
Catfish is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best American Foods

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84 96
Twinkie is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best American Foods