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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353 83
Cheeseburger is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best American Foods

2
342 75
French fries is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best American Foods

3
313 73
Fried chicken is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best American Foods

4
304 76
Chocolate chip cookie is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best American Foods

5
285 78
Macaroni and cheese is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best American Foods

6
256 73
Steak is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best American Foods

7
231 81
Potato chip is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best American Foods

8
171 43
New York Style Pizza is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best American Foods
New York Style Pizza

9
231 83
Doughnut is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best American Foods

10
249 96
Apple pie is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best American Foods

11
183 55
Grilled cheese sandwich is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best American Foods

12
200 71
Tater Tots is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best American Foods

13
213 79
Chicken Wings is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best American Foods

14
208 77
Nachos is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best American Foods

15
198 76
Hash browns is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best American Foods
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16
198 88
Hot dog is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best American Foods

17
196 85
Cupcake is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best American Foods

18
183 78
Chicago Deep Dish Pizza is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best American Foods
Chicago Deep Dish Pizza

19
186 78
Oreo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best American Foods
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20
140 50
Reese's Peanut Butter Cups is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best American Foods

21
138 55
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best American Foods

22
179 80
S'mores is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best American Foods
S'mores

23
174 86
Cornbread is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best American Foods

24
175 93
Peanut butter and jelly sandwi... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best American Foods

25
129 58
Peanut butter is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best American Foods