Food 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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391 94
Cheeseburger is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best American Foods
2
387 87
French fries is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best American Foods
3
348 82
Fried chicken is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best American Foods
4
337 86
Chocolate chip cookie is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best American Foods
5
317 86
Macaroni and cheese is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best American Foods
6
285 82
Steak is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best American Foods
7
196 46
New York Style Pizza is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best American Foods
New York Style Pizza
8
254 87
Potato chip is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best American Foods
9
254 89
Doughnut is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best American Foods
10
206 60
Grilled cheese sandwich is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best American Foods
11
272 104
Apple pie is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best American Foods
12
220 77
Tater Tots is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best American Foods
13
219 79
Hash browns is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best American Foods
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14
230 85
Chicken Wings is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best American Foods
15
228 84
Nachos is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best American Foods
16
214 90
Cupcake is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best American Foods
17
214 98
Hot dog is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best American Foods
18
200 84
Chicago Deep Dish Pizza is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best American Foods
Chicago Deep Dish Pizza
19
206 87
Oreo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best American Foods
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20
161 58
Reese's Peanut Butter Cups is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best American Foods
21
155 60
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best American Foods
22
196 84
S'mores is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best American Foods
S'mores
23
190 92
Cornbread is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best American Foods
24
188 102
Peanut butter and jelly sandwi... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best American Foods
25
141 64
Peanut butter is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best American Foods