Can We Guess Your Favorite Food Based on the State You Live In?

Whether you’re on the east side or the west side or somewhere in between, we can all agree that there's nothing much better than a good, tasty meal.

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For Purple Mountains Majesties…

From Alabama to Wyoming, we compiled data on the most popular foods in each state. Did we peg down your favorite?


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Alabama: Fried green tomatoes, fried catfish, fried okra, and banana pudding, homemade—not fried.

Alaska: Muktuk. It’s basically whale blubber. Delicious.

Arizona: Chimichangas. It’s like a burrito, but messier—and some say: It’s better.

Arkansas: Deep Fried Pickles. They’re crunchy on the outside and perfectly squishy on the inside.

California: Sushi. Sashimi. Hand rolls. Extra avocado.

Colorado: Truffle Fries. It’s the perfect Aspen snack, ask anyone.

Connecticut: Steamed Cheeseburgers, aka Steamers.  

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Delaware: Peach pie, with a scoop of frozen custard.

Florida: Sandwich Cubano, (not a “Cuban Sandwich”)

Georgia: Whether it be breakfast, lunch, or dinner = shrimp and grits

Hawaii: Kalua pig that’s been cooked in an underground oven for as long as possible

Idaho: Bite-sized croquettes deep fried and filled with meats, cheese, and/or potatos. It’s the perfect trifecta.

Illinois: Three words: Deep.. Dish.. Pizza..

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Indiana: Sugar cream pie. Don’t forget the nutmeg.

Iowa: Homemade puppy chow, aka “muddy buddies,” (and having to explain to out-of-towners that it’s not dog food).

Kansas: Ranch dressing. It’s not technically food, but there's no arguments that it’s a state favorite.

Kentucky: It’s not soup. It’s not stew. It’s what soup and stew wish they were: It's burgoo.

Louisiana: Po’Boy (who dat?)

Maine: If it’s not seafood, then it’s all about whoopie pies.

Maryland: Steamed crab. Crab cakes. Crab soup. Crab anything, really.

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Massachusetts: You wait all year for these autumn favorites: Cider doughnuts.

Michigan: Sweet, tart, and tangy cherry pie

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Minnesota: Juicy Lucy. It’s like a cheeseburger, but the cheese is cooked inside the patty. It’s juicy, indeed.

Mississippi: Soul food = cornbread, greens, fried chicken, homemade gravy, the works

Missouri: Ooey, gooey butter cake

Montana: Buffalo jerky. And for dessert, smores.

Nebraska: Deep fried grilled cheese sandwiches, or “Frenchees”

Nevada: In n Out, (Shhh, we won’t tell California)

New Hampshire: Steamed clams with melted butter. Yum.

New Jersey: Hoagies. Enough said.

New Mexico: Extra hot hatch green chili con queso. Mild is not your style.

New York: It’s a tie between lick-your-fingers Buffalo wings and a sloppy slice of pizza.

North Carolina: A Bo-Berry Biscuit® with sweet tea

North Dakota: Knoephla soup. It cures anything, especially cold hands and bad moods.

Ohio: Cincinnati chili, with extra cheese

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Oklahoma: Chicken fried steak. Nobody does it better than Oklahoma.

Oregon: Anything from a food cart, paired with an IPA

Pennsylvania: Philly cheese steaks

Rhode Island: Clam chowder, preferably in a sourdough bread bowl

South Carolina: Biscuits n’ gravy

South Dakota: Kuchen. It’s the state dessert for this reason: It’s the best.

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Tennessee: Sweet potato pancakes

Texas: BBQ. The entire cow.

Utah: Anything dipped in fry sauce

Vermont: Pancakes with REAL maple syrup

Virginia: Ham (stuffed) biscuits

Washington: Dungeness crab rolls

West Virginia: Spaghetti and meatballs with a side of pepperoni rolls

Wisconsin: Swiss cheese curds

Wyoming: You guessed it: Bison burgers


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Did we Hit the Nail on the Head?

Did your favorite food make the list? If not, what did we leave out? If we were to visit your home state what is something that we would absolutely have to eat? Start the conversation. Leave a comment or a question below. You can also follow us on Instagram @Chefd and show us like you like to #GetChefd