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The Best American Foods 

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Updated July 4, 2020 25.4k votes 1.6k voters 39.9k views 67 items

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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Cheeseburger is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best American Foods
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French fries is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best American Foods
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Fried chicken is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best American Foods
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Chocolate chip cookie is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best American Foods
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Doughnut is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best American Foods
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Steak is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best American Foods
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Potato chip is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best American Foods
Potato Chips
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Macaroni & Cheese is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best American Foods
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Apple pie is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best American Foods
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Hot dog is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best American Foods
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Chicken Wings is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best American Foods
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Tater Tots is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best American Foods
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Grilled cheese sandwich ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best American Foods
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Hash browns is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best American Foods
RobLein added Hash Browns
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Nachos is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best American Foods
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New York Style Pizza is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best American Foods
New York Style Pizza
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Oreo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best American Foods
RobLein added
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Cornbread is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best American Foods
Cornbread
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Cupcake is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best American Foods
Cupcake
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Peanut butter and jelly ... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best American Foods
Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich
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Philly Cheesesteak is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best American Foods
Philly Cheesesteak
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Chicago Deep Dish Pizza ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best American Foods
Chicago Deep Dish Pizza
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Krispy Kreme Doughnuts ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best American Foods
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Reese's Peanut Butter Cu... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best American Foods
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Peanut butter is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best American Foods