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The Most Popular Food In Each State, According To People Who Actually Live There

Updated April 10, 2018 58.4k votes 8.5k voters 97.5k views45 items

List RulesVote up the foods that do their states proud.

What food you eat can be as much of a signifier of local pride as wearing a beloved sports team's jersey. Ask residents of any American state, and they'll likely have a strong opinion on what dish exemplifies their region. Arkansas locals might champion their catfish, while Washington prefers salmon. And then there's New York – you guessed it, it's all about the pizza there.

People have strong opinions on their home states, whether they're debating the best TV show or film set there or praising the talents of their preferred home-grown actor. And when it comes to each state's signature foods, it's best to listen to the actual residents voicing opinions on Reddit. These popular dishes may not be official state foods, but they might as well be.

  • Pennsylvania – Cheesesteak1

    Redditor /u/Kell08

  • New York – Pizza2

    "Pizza and bagels, walk into a pizzaria and get a slice it is AMAZING and pizza from anywhere else cant compare." – Redditor /u/swilson19

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  • Texas – Brisket3

    "Basically if it's fried or barbecued then we have it! I would definitely recommend some brisket. No matter where you go in Texas you'll find a place that specializes in brisket." – Redditor /u/Cameronp2016

  • Maryland – Crab4

    "Crabs and Old Bay.....Old Bay on everything." – Redditor /u/The_Phish

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  • Wisconsin – Fried Cheese Curds5
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    Wisconsin – Fried Cheese Curds

    "Fried cheese curds, beer battered." – Redditor /u/kornkobcom

  • Nebraska – Steak6

    "Well Nebraska has the best steaks in the nation." – Redditor /u/TheHotze

  • Maine – Lobster Bake7

    Redditor /u/thetactlessknife

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  • North Carolina – Pulled Pork8

    "Vinegar based pulled pork barbecue." – Redditor /u/cgbish

  • Tennessee – Ribs9

    "Ribs, wet and dry. BBQ in general. Also Jack Daniels." – Redditor /u/TheGiantLebowski

  • Louisiana – Crawfish10

    Redditor /u/Hornsounder

  • Missouri – Barbecue11

    "Missouri brings BBQ, maybe burnt ends. because Kansas City had the best barbique [sic] in the world." – Redditor /u/Theskillagod

  • Illinois – Deep Dish Pizza12
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    Illinois – Deep Dish Pizza

    "Illinois will bring deep dish pizza! And a heart attack." – Redditor /u/Donthatethaplaya

  • Kansas – Barbecued Pork13

    "Kansas definitely should be pork barbeque specifically." – Redditor /u/daniel_hlfrd

  • Arizona – Mexican Food14

    Redditor /u/shecantstayaway

  • Massachusetts – Clam Chowder15

    Redditor /u/deannd

  • Mississippi – Fried Catfish16
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    Mississippi – Fried Catfish

    "Fried catfish from the Delta." – Redditor /u/ashhole613

  • Minnesota – Jucy Lucy17
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    Minnesota – Jucy Lucy

    "Jucy Lucy (I know i spelled Juicy wrong, that is just how it is.) If you don't know, it is basically a burger with cheese inside." – Redditor /u/MrGCar

  • Oregon – Berries18

    "Berries. That's really all we've got, but we really do have the best strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and marionberries. So yeah... we make some good pies I guess." – Redditor /u/stupid_sexyflanders

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  • Nevada – Casino Buffet19
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    Nevada – Casino Buffet

    "All you can eat casino buffet." – Redditor /u/o6ijuan

  • Vermont – Maple Syrup And Donuts20

    "Maple syrup (sugar on snow) with pickles and homemade donuts." – Redditor /u/poohspiglet

  • South Dakota – Bison Burger21
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    South Dakota – Bison Burger

    Redditor /u/Bassoon_Commie

  • Virginia – Ham22

    "Any type of ham. The occasional warm country ham biscuit w/ either mayo or mustard." – Redditor /u/Eapoe18

  • Georgia – Chicken And Waffles23
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    Georgia – Chicken And Waffles

    "Look, I know we have a lot to offer but the most unique of all of them is Chicken & Waffles. We'll cook up a batch of lemon pepper wings just for us too." – Redditor /u/Grazedaze

  • Washington – Salmon24

    "With weed butter." – Redditor /u/radpandaparty

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  • New Mexico – Green Chile25
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    New Mexico – Green Chile

    "New Mexico here, and the state food item is definitely Green Chile, its put on just about everything around here. The best is grown in the Hatch area, and will be labeled as such. If you want a meal centered around Green Chile, look for a Green Chile stew, made with pork." – Redditor /u/RoyalTease