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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365 80
French fries is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best American Foods

2
367 90
Cheeseburger is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best American Foods

3
327 78
Fried chicken is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best American Foods

4
319 81
Chocolate chip cookie is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best American Foods

5
297 82
Macaroni and cheese is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best American Foods

6
266 79
Steak is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best American Foods

7
180 44
New York Style Pizza is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best American Foods
New York Style Pizza

8
240 84
Doughnut is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best American Foods

9
238 85
Potato chip is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best American Foods

10
260 99
Apple pie is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best American Foods

11
191 59
Grilled cheese sandwich is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best American Foods

12
208 74
Tater Tots is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best American Foods

13
208 77
Hash browns is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best American Foods
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14
216 81
Nachos is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best American Foods

15
218 83
Chicken Wings is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best American Foods

16
205 92
Hot dog is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best American Foods

17
191 80
Chicago Deep Dish Pizza is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best American Foods
Chicago Deep Dish Pizza

18
201 87
Cupcake is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best American Foods

19
193 84
Oreo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best American Foods
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20
149 55
Reese's Peanut Butter Cups is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best American Foods

21
146 57
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best American Foods

22
182 88
Cornbread is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best American Foods

23
185 82
S'mores is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best American Foods
S'mores

24
182 95
Peanut butter and jelly sandwi... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best American Foods

25
134 60
Peanut butter is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best American Foods