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From shoofly pies in the Dutch Country of Pennsylvania, to date shakes of southern Arizona, to fried clams of the seacoast of Maine, there are many local food specialties that shouldn't be missed as one travels across the United States.

Many travelers believe that in order to truly explore a place, you have to sample the local flavors. This is true across the world but also in the United States. Given the number of chain restaurants in the United States, it's actually quite astonishing how many of the best foods in United States have managed to remain completely local.

Below you will find a guide to help foodies find the best of what's local for each state in the United States. You likely won't end up enjoying all these of foods, but try give as many as you can a try. On an overall basis, you'll be very happy you did.

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BEST FOODS TO TRY IN ALABAMA / WHAT TYPES OF FOOD IS ALABAMA FAMOUS FOR?

pecan pie / pecans
fried crab claws
west indies salad
fried green tomatoes

BEST FOODS TO TRY IN ALASKA / WHAT TYPES OF FOOD IS ALASKA FAMOUS FOR?

king crab
salmon candy
muktuk

BEST FOODS TO TRY IN ARIZONA / WHAT TYPES OF FOOD IS ARIZONA FAMOUS FOR?

date nuts / date shakes
carne seca
chilis rellenos
coctels del elote
tamales
horchata
topopo salad
pork chimichanga
prickly pear margaritas
fry bread
huevos rancheros

BEST FOODS TO TRY IN ARKANSAS / WHAT TYPES OF FOOD IS ARKANSAS FAMOUS FOR?

southern fried catfish

BEST FOODS TO TRY IN CALIFORNIA / WHAT TYPES OF FOOD IS CALIFORNIA FAMOUS FOR?

barbecued oysters
dates / date shakes
fish tacos
garlic fries
santa maria barbecue

BEST FOODS TO TRY IN COLORADO / WHAT TYPES OF FOOD IS COLORADO FAMOUS FOR?

chili verde

BEST FOODS TO TRY IN CONNECTICUT / WHAT TYPES OF FOOD IS CONNECTICUT FAMOUS FOR?

hot dogs / deep fried dogs
steamed cheeseburgers
new england clam chowder
ice cream parlors
white clam pizza

BEST FOODS TO TRY IN DELAWARE / WHAT TYPES OF FOOD IS DELAWARE FAMOUS FOR?

vinegar french fries

BEST FOODS TO TRY IN FLORIDA / WHAT TYPES OF FOOD IS FLORIDA FAMOUS FOR?

key lime pie
conch fritters / conch chowder
fried shrimp
stone crab

BEST FOODS TO TRY IN GEORGIA / WHAT TYPES OF FOOD IS GEORGIA FAMOUS FOR?

boiled peanuts
brunswick stew
peach cobbler / peach pie
sweet tea

BEST FOODS TO TRY IN HAWAII / WHAT TYPES OF FOOD IS HAWAII FAMOUS FOR?

ahi poke
macadamia nuts

BEST FOODS TO TRY IN IDAHO / WHAT TYPES OF FOOD IS IDAHO FAMOUS FOR?

basque dinner
giant potatoes
finger steaks

BEST FOODS TO TRY IN ILLINOIS / WHAT TYPES OF FOOD IS ILLINOIS FAMOUS FOR?

deep-dish pizza
corn dogs
chicken vesuvio
corned beef sandwich
Italian beef
hot dogs / red hots
shrimp de jonghe

BEST FOODS TO TRY IN INDIANA / WHAT TYPES OF FOOD IS INDIANA FAMOUS FOR?

pork tenderloin sandwich
perch
sugar cream pie
persimmon pudding

BEST FOODS TO TRY IN IOWA / WHAT TYPES OF FOOD IS IOWA FAMOUS FOR?

corn dogs
cinnamon rolls
loosemeat
sour cream raisin pie
tenderloin
sweet corn on the cob

BEST FOODS TO TRY IN KANSAS / WHAT TYPES OF FOOD IS KANSAS FAMOUS FOR?

kansas city-style Ribs
chili con carne

BEST FOODS TO TRY IN KENTUCKY / WHAT TYPES OF FOOD IS KENTUCKY FAMOUS FOR?

burgoo
fried chicken
mutton
hot browns
spoonbread
whiskey

BEST FOODS TO TRY IN LOUISIANA / WHAT TYPES OF FOOD IS LOUISIANA FAMOUS FOR?

crawfish
gumbo / shrimp gumbo
shrimp
boudin sausage
meat pie
po boy
alligator
beignets

BEST FOODS TO TRY IN MAINE / WHAT TYPES OF FOOD IS MAINE FAMOUS FOR?

lobster / lobster rolls
blueberry pies
whoopie pies
potatoes
fried clams

BEST FOODS TO TRY IN MARYLAND / WHAT TYPES OF FOOD IS MARYLAND FAMOUS FOR?

blue crabs / crab cakes
fried oysters

BEST FOODS TO TRY IN MASSACHUSETTS / WHAT TYPES OF FOOD IS MASSACHUSETTS FAMOUS FOR?

fried clams
roast beef sandwiches
boston creme pie
new england clam chowder
lobster / lobster rolls
ice cream farms
indian pudding

BEST FOODS TO TRY IN MICHIGAN / WHAT TYPES OF FOOD IS MICHIGAN FAMOUS FOR?

coney island
cherries / cherry pie
cheese curds
pasties
fudge
smelt

BEST FOODS TO TRY IN MINNESOTA / WHAT TYPES OF FOOD IS MINNESOTA FAMOUS FOR?

cinnamon rolls
sour cream raisin pie
hotdish
rhubarb pie
jucy lucy

BEST FOODS TO TRY IN MISSISSIPPI / WHAT TYPES OF FOOD IS MISSISSIPPI FAMOUS FOR?

fried catfish
mud pie

BEST FOODS TO TRY IN MISSOURI / WHAT TYPES OF FOOD IS MISSOURI FAMOUS FOR?

frozen custard
st. louis-style ribs
slingers
fried ravioli

BEST FOODS TO TRY IN MONTANA / WHAT TYPES OF FOOD IS MONTANA FAMOUS FOR?

pork chop sandwiches
huckleberry pie
Rocky Mountain oysters

BEST FOODS TO TRY IN NEBRASKA / WHAT TYPES OF FOOD IS NEBRASKA FAMOUS FOR?

meat pies

BEST FOODS TO TRY IN NEVADA / WHAT TYPES OF FOOD IS NEVADA FAMOUS FOR?

basque dinner

BEST FOODS TO TRY IN NEW HAMPSHIRE / WHAT TYPES OF FOOD IS NEW HAMPSHIRE FAMOUS FOR?

lobster / lobster rolls
pancake houses

BEST FOODS TO TRY IN NEW JERSEY / WHAT TYPES OF FOOD IS NEW JERSEY FAMOUS FOR?

deep-fried hot dogs
taylor ham
crumb cake
pork roll sandwich

BEST FOODS TO TRY IN NEW MEXICO / WHAT TYPES OF FOOD IS NEW MEXICO FAMOUS FOR?

chilis
pistachios
carne adovada
chile rellenos
frito pie
green chile cheeseburger
huevos rancheros
sopaipilla
horchata

BEST FOODS TO TRY IN NEW YORK / WHAT TYPES OF FOOD IS NEW YORK FAMOUS FOR?

buffalo wings
New York-style pizza
pastrami sandwiches
bagels
roast beef / beef on weck
crumb cake
deep-fried hot dogs
poutine
fried soft shell crabs

BEST FOODS TO TRY IN NORTH CAROLINA / WHAT TYPES OF FOOD IS NORTH CAROLINA FAMOUS FOR?

pulled pork sandwich
cole slaw
hushpuppies
pimento cheese
sweet tea

BEST FOODS TO TRY IN NORTH DAKOTA / WHAT TYPES OF FOOD IS NORTH DAKOTA FAMOUS FOR?

lefse potato crepes
rhubarb pie

BEST FOODS TO TRY IN OHIO / WHAT TYPES OF FOOD IS OHIO FAMOUS FOR?

chili
polish boy
sauerkraut balls
buckeyes

BEST FOODS TO TRY IN OKLAHOMA / WHAT TYPES OF FOOD IS OKLAHOMA FAMOUS FOR?

chicken-fried steak
migas
onion-fried burgers
lamb fries / testicles
crispy cornmeal okra

BEST FOODS TO TRY IN OREGON / WHAT TYPES OF FOOD IS OREGON FAMOUS FOR?

Marionberry pie
crab louis
coffee houses
oregon clam chowder

BEST FOODS TO TRY IN PENNSYLVANIA / WHAT TYPES OF FOOD IS PENNSYLVANIA FAMOUS FOR?

cheese steaks
pretzels / soft pretzels
shoofly pie
jewish apple cake

BEST FOODS TO TRY IN RHODE ISLAND / WHAT TYPES OF FOOD IS RHODE ISLAND FAMOUS FOR?

lemonade
coffee milk
johnnycakes
snail salad
frozen lemonade
stuffies (stuffed quahogs)
Rhode Island-style calamari
clam cakes

BEST FOODS TO TRY IN SOUTH CAROLINA / WHAT TYPES OF FOOD IS SOUTH CAROLINA FAMOUS FOR?

boiled peanuts
shrimp & grits
lima beans
peach cobbler
perloo
sweet tea
low country boil

BEST FOODS TO TRY IN SOUTH DAKOTA / WHAT TYPES OF FOOD IS SOUTH DAKOTA FAMOUS FOR?

chislic

BEST FOODS TO TRY IN TENNESSEE / WHAT TYPES OF FOOD IS TENNESSEE FAMOUS FOR?

barbecue pork sandwich
barbecue ribs
hot fish sandwich
pimento cheese
pancake houses
memphis-style ribs
moonshine

BEST FOODS TO TRY IN TEXAS / WHAT TYPES OF FOOD IS TEXAS FAMOUS FOR?

steaks
BBQ / BBQ brisket
chili
chicken-fried steak
chilis rellenos
chili con carne
hot guts
kolache
beignets
migas
pecan pie
huevos rancheros
frito pie

BEST FOODS TO TRY IN UTAH / WHAT TYPES OF FOOD IS UTAH FAMOUS FOR?

funeral potatoes
huckleberries

BEST FOODS TO TRY IN VERMONT / WHAT TYPES OF FOOD IS VERMONT FAMOUS FOR?

maple syrup / maple sugar
cheddar cheese apple pie

BEST FOODS TO TRY IN VIRGINIA / WHAT TYPES OF FOOD IS VIRGINIA FAMOUS FOR?

virginia ham
peanut soup
blue crab

BEST FOODS TO TRY IN WASHINGTON / WHAT TYPES OF FOOD IS WASHINGTON FAMOUS FOR?

cherries
coffee houses
crab louis
smoked salmon

BEST FOODS TO TRY IN WEST VIRGINIA / WHAT TYPES OF FOOD IS WEST VIRGINIA FAMOUS FOR?

hot dogs
pepperoni roll

BEST FOODS TO TRY IN WISCONSIN / WHAT TYPES OF FOOD IS WISCONSIN FAMOUS FOR?

cheese curds
brat / bratwurst
sour cream raisin pie
fish fry / fish broil
butter burgers
corned beef sandwich
colby cheese
kringle

BEST FOODS TO TRY IN WYOMING / WHAT TYPES OF FOOD IS WYOMING FAMOUS FOR?

chicken fried steak




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