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American Food Names: 90 Most Popular Food Names Across Different States

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Do you know that Americans love cooking? That’s why there are so many cooking shows on television showing how to cook different types of food across the country. Americans have a remarkable appetite for good food; whether it’s fast food, processed food, or junk, they ensure to maintain quality. Note: You’re what you eat.

American food comes in a diverse culinary landscape that is influenced by different cultures and traditions across the 50 states in the country. Hence, there are hundreds of American food names consumed in the US and even beyond.

For example, traditional American dishes like pizza, hot dogs and hamburgers have become a universal delicacy, with each country preparing and flavoring them to their taste. Also, shrimp and grits (South Carolina), Maine lobster rolls, key lime pie (Florida) and pulled pork (North Carolina) are traditional American delicacies associated with certain states or regions.

We’ve compiled our favorite and some popular American food names and all you need to know about some of them. Get ready to learn more.

A Brief Overview of American Food Names and States that Consume them more


S/N American food names States
1 Philly Cheesesteak Pennsylvania
2 Crawfish boil Louisiana
3 Hamburger Oklahoma
4 Hotdog Illinois
5 Buffalo wings New York
6 Lobster Macaroni and cheese Connecticut
7 Clam chowder Rhode Island
8 Reuben sandwich Nebraska
9 Jambalaya New Orleans, Louisiana
10 Cornbread Iowa
11 Pancakes Vermont, New Jersey
12 Tacos California
13 Burritos Texas
14 Chili Con Carne Texas
15 Bagel with Lox New York
16 New England clam chowder New England
17 Chocolate Chip Cookies Massachusetts
18 New England Clam Bake New England
19 Monte Cristo Sandwich California
20 BLT Sandwich South Carolina
21 French Dip Sandwich Los Angeles
22 Club Sandwich New York
23 Eggs Benedict New York
24 Shrimp and Grits South Carolina
25 S’mores Iowa, South Dakota, North Dakota.
26 Sloppy Joe Iowa
27 Pot Roast New England
28 Pumpkin Pie North Carolina, Michigan, Maryland etc.
29 Chicken and Waffles Pennsylvania
30 Sourdough Bread California
31 Tater Tots Minnesota
32 Fried Green Tomatoes Southern USA
33 Pecan pie Texas
34 Baked beans Boston
35 Mashed Potatoes Idaho, Washington
36 Banana Split Pennsylvania, Ohio
37 Grits Virginia and Texas
38 Biscuits and Gravy Southern USA
39 Barbecue burnt ends Kansas City
40 Cheddar cheese Vermont
41 Poke bowl Hawaii
42 Salmon Alaska
43 Bison burger Colorado
44 Buckeyes (peanut butter balls) Ohio
45 Dungeness crab Oregon
46 Bison steak Montana
47 Hotdish Minnesota
48 Lefse North Dakota
49 Toasted ravioli Missouri
50 Scrapple Delaware
51 Bourbon balls Kentucky
52 Chimichanga Arizona
53 Cincinnati chili Ohio
54 Mud pie Mississippi
55 Fried chicken Tennessee
56 Philly Soft Pretzel Pennsylvania
57 Peach Cobbler Georgia
58 Cheese curds Wisconsin
59 Pizza Hawaii
60 Cream pie Massachusetts
61 Sushi roll California
62 Cajun gumbo Louisiana
63 BBQ ribs Kansas
64 BBQ brisket Texas
65 Crab cakes Maryland
66 Lobster roll Maine
67 Dip dish pizza Chicago, Illinois
68 Key lime pie Florida
69 New York Pizza New York
70 Cobb salad California, Los Angeles
71 Pepperoni roll West Virginia
72 Chislic South Dakota
73 Funeral potatoes Utah
74 Pulled pork North Carolina
75 Green chile stew New Mexico
76 Huckleberry pie Montana
77 Potato Idaho
78 Chicken fried steak Oklahoma
79 Po’boy sandwich Louisiana
80 Enchiladas Arizona
81 Fried catfish Arkansas
82 Pork tenderloin sandwich Indiana
83 Corn dogs Iowa
84 Prime rib Nevada
85 Pork roll New Jersey
86 Tamales New Mexico
87 Cedar plank salmon Washington
88 Elk burger Wyoming
89 Johnnycakes Rhodes Island
90 Deep fried corn Nebraska

Popular American Food Names

1. Hamburger

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Hamburger or burger, is a popular quintessential American dish served mainly in fast food joints, consisting of a ground beef patty served in a bun or bread roll, with other various fillings such as lettuce, tomato, onions, etc.

2. Hotdog

A hotdog is a staple sausage in America. Hotdog is steamed, grilled or boiled sausage placed in a sliced bun, and garnished with either mustard, ketchup, onions, relish, or sauerkraut.

3. Pizza

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Pizza is an all-time popular American food name that is also traced to Italy. Pizza is a round, flat base of dough with toppings of tomato sauce, cheese and other ingredients like mushrooms, onions, vegetables, olives, meat, etc). This dough is baked in an oven and served.

4. Enchiladas

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Enchiladas are more of a Mexican food but are also eaten by the Arizona State folks of the US. It’s a corn tortilla or flour filled up with some condiments, tightly rolled up and finally doused in melted cheese and tasty sauce. You can eat with a fork and knife.

5. Fried Chicken

Chicken pieces that are coated in flour or batter, just like the Kentucky fried chicken. The chicken is deep-fried until crunchy and golden brown.

6. Buffalo Wings

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The Buffalo wings were first served in the Anchor Bar, a restaurant located in Buffalo. You can find this meal in pubs and bars throughout Buffalo, New York City. It’s deep-fried chicken wings coated in a spicy sauce made from hot sauce, butter and red pepper. The coatings on the wings are actually the selling point and they’re commonly served with celery sticks and blue cheese dressing.

7. Lobster Macaroni and Cheese

The New England lobster mac and cheese food is made with cooked macaroni pasta and a creamy cheese sauce that is infused with lobster. Everything is baked together until bubbly and golden. Mac and cheese is a known American food name.

8. Clam Chowder

Chowder soup is a common American food name and clam chowder soup is a chowder soup containing clams. Additionally, this soup also contains other ingredients that enhance its taste, such as diced potatoes, onions and celery. Thus, all of these are cooked in a creamy broth.

9. Philly Cheesesteak

Philly cheesesteak has its roots in Pennsylvania and Philadelphia. It’s a popular fast food in this region of America. It’s a sandwich made with thinly sliced beefsteak, grilled onions, and melted cheese and served on a hoagie roll. It was created by Pat and Harry Olivieri.

10. Lobster Roll

Lobster is a nutritious fleshy crustacean that is used for preparing different meals and the most popular lobster dish in the US is the lobster roll. It is a sandwich filled with chunks of fresh lobster meat mixed with mayonnaise and seasonings and served on a grilled hot dog bun.

11. Jambalaya

This Creole dish is the signature delicious staple dish of Louisiana. It is made with rice, celery, chicken, and/or seafood, cooked with onions, peppers, and spices. If you want to make it most memorable, then don’t forget to add shrimp and andouille sausage.

12. Gumbo

Gumbo is a southern Louisiana meal that combines the culinary process of Africa, India, native American, Spanish and French. It’s a dark, thick stew prepared with roux, meat or seafood, chopped vegetables, and spices. Gumbo can be eaten with rice.

13. Cornbread

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Cornbread is a major food in the southern part of the United States. But it’s soul food eaten by both white, black and native Americans. It’s a bread made with coarsely ground cornmeal, flour, eggs, milk, and leavening agents, flavored with herbs, cheese and jalapenos. Cornbread can also be prepared as dumplings and pancakes, which is mostly a staple for the Hopi folks of Arizona.

14. Apple Pie

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Apple pie is a classic American dessert made with a flaky, double-crusted pastry filled with sliced apples. The main filling in an apple pie is apples, as well as sugar and other spices, Bake until it is golden brown. You can enjoy this delicacy with ice cream, cheddar cheese and whipped cream.

14. Pancakes

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A breakfast staple made with a batter of flour, eggs, milk and baking powder, cooked on a hot griddle and served with butter and syrup.

15. Burritos

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A popular Tex-Mex dish, consists of a flour tortilla filled with beans, rice, meat, cheese and other toppings, rolled into a cylinder shape.

16. Key Lime Pie

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If life throws limes at you, make a key lime pie and you’ll enjoy it. It’s a South Florida dish and a staple on their menus. Key lime pie is a dessert made with a graham cracker crust filled with a tart and creamy lime filling, typically made with key lime juice.

17. Cobb Salad

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A hearty salad and one of the US favorite appetizers. Cobb salad is made with chopped lettuce, some tomatoes, bacon, romaine, hard-boiled eggs, chives, watercress, avocado, chicken breast, some blue cheese, and a vinaigrette dressing.

18. Pot Roast

Pot roast is rated among the top 10 American dishes. It’s a slow-cooked dish made with a tough cut of beef brisket. It is set in a roasting pan with potatoes, onions and carrots, vegetables and broth, cooked until tender.

19. Grits

Grits can be eaten as breakfast or dinner. Grits resonate well with the Southern folks of the US, especially people from Virginia to Texas. Grit is a satisfying meal made from ground corn; it’s either pan-fried or cooked into a porridge-like consistency and served as a side dish or breakfast food.

20. Sourdough Bread

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The sourdough bread is different from your regular kind of bread. The majority of San Franciscos eat this bread, in fact, it’s a household bread there. The sourdough bread is made from a natural starter culture of yeast and bacteria.

A fermented flour is mixed with water containing wild yeast and nonharmful bacteria. The result of this whole mixture gives the sourdough bread a tangy flavor and a chewy texture. Most people believe that sourdough bread can only be properly made in San Francisco.

21. Crab Cakes (Maryland)

Just like the name sounds “crab cakes”, it’s a cake or patties made from crab meat. Crabs are mixed with breadcrumbs, mayonnaise, and seasonings; they’re either fried, baked, or broiled. Fried crab cakes are golden brown and crunchy.

22. Tater Tots

Tater Tots: Tater tots are grated potatoes mixed with flour and seasonings shaped into small, cylindrical shapes that are deep-fried until crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. You can serve tater tots as a side dish or snack. Surprisingly, Americans eat up to 32 million kilos of tater tots annually.

23. Banana Split

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Where are banana lovers, this might just be your favorite dish of all time. Banana is a healthy fruit, and interestingly, it can be used to prepare banana split desserts. Banana split is an American food name for a classic dessert made with a split banana, mixed with ice cream (usually chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry). The creamy banana split is sprinkled with chocolate sauce and garnished with whipped cream, nuts, and a cherry. Yummy!

24. Bacon

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Bacon is a very popular American breakfast food. It’s a highly valued staple food in the US. A lot of people eat bacon, either as a snack or for breakfast. It’s also a healthy, easy-to-cook meal for both adults and children. Bacon is made with salt-cured pork, sliced into thin long shapes, and smoked.


Every culture and region in America has food that they’re best known for. Some of the American food names mentioned in this article are also eaten in other countries like Mexico, Canada, India, and  Italy. Foods like pizza, burgers, fried chicken and hotdogs are not only consumed in America but are almost consumed worldwide.

In sum, these different delicacies show the diverse heritage and culinary innovation of different cultures and traditions in the US.

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