The Top 9 Must-Try American Foods You Haven’t Heard Of

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The Top 9 Must-Try American Foods You Haven’t Heard Of

The Top 10 Must-Try American Foods You Haven't Heard Of

When you think of American food, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? If you’re anything like most people, chances are your first thought was hamburgers and hot dogs. Or maybe pizza or something sweet like red velvet cake or brownies. But in reality, there are plenty of other Must-Try American Foods you should be trying besides burgers and fries (although those aren’t exactly bad!). Here are 10 foods from the United States that you should absolutely try before you die!

Deep Dish Pizza

Deep Dish Pizza

If you’re a fan of classic pizza, then you need to try deep dish. It’s a Chicago original that features thick, delicious dough and lots of hearty toppings. Toppings go all the way to edge of pizza, resulting in a pie that’s almost as thick as it is wide. If you want even more sausage, no problem! There’s plenty on top of that too. And if all that meat doesn’t sound like your thing…well, just keep scrolling down to see what else we have going on here in Chicago!

Frito Pie


No, not a pie made of Fritos (though, come to think of it, that might be an interesting idea). Frito Pie is essentially nachos without tortilla chips: chili and cheese served in a bag of Fritos. It’s delicious and filling. In Texas, you can get one at just about any small town stand. It should happen quite often if you’re driving through Texas in a car.

Chili Dogs


 A  hot dog vendor Ralph Ortiz in New York’s Coney Island in 1916 invented the dish. Americans serve it on a steamed, but not toasted bun. Some local restaurant owners still make their chili dogs with ketchup while others use mustard or even both. Chili dogs are also popular in El Paso where they are served with beans and coleslaw instead of fries. The most common variations of chili dog toppings include jalapeños and nacho cheese sauce.

Buffalo Wings


What do you get when you take chicken, douse it in hot sauce and fry it? If you guessed Buffalo wings, then you’re correct. This mouthwatering delicacy is a specialty of New York and has been popularized by various restaurant chains around America over time. The origins of these delectable goodies are thought to have been traced back to 1964, when Teressa Bellissimo served Buffalo wings with blue cheese dressing at her Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York. Although she did not invent buffalo wings, she helped to develop and perfect them into their modern form today. Her creation quickly gained popularity among locals and gradually began spreading across America throughout the late 60s and 70s.

Patty Melts


The Patty Melt is a grilled cheese sandwich that includes two hamburger patties, and is served on rye bread. No wonder why it’s one of America’s favorite food, right? There are some more to discover as well. Here is a list of America’s must try foods that you might want to take a bite at.

Chicago Hot Dog


Despite its name, Chicago’s iconic hot dog is not necessarily famous for its spiciness. But there’s no denying that a long list of toppings—including yellow mustard, relish, chopped onion, sliced tomato and sport peppers—make it one of America’s most unique street foods. While many purists prefer their dogs steamed or boiled (or even flame grilled) at local restaurants like Portillo’s and Superdawg Drive-In, visitors to Chicago can indulge in deep-fried hot dogs with wild toppings at The Wiener’s Circle. To find out how locals do it, we visited both spots and did some research on how to make our own franks from scratch at home.

Key Lime Pie


This sweet and creamy dessert is native to Florida. Some debate its true heritage, but most say it was first served in a Tampa hotel during a celebration of statehood back in 1885. The dessert consists of a graham cracker crust topped with both sweetened condensed milk and key lime juice before being baked into an amazingly good concoction. Be warned: pies can be hard to come by outside of Florida (so check ahead). If you don’t make it to Key West, try making your own version at home. It’s not easy to find authentic key limes, so we recommend making it with regular limes instead. A reasonable substitute if you don’t have access to actual key limes!

New York Style Cheesecake


This sweet treat is definitely one of America’s most iconic desserts. It’s light, fluffy and melt-in-your mouth good thanks to its unique texture. While it may be a bit hard to make at home, there are recipes out there that can help you do just that. With some determination and practice, you too can make New York style cheesecake in your own kitchen. Plus, we’ve listed our favorite takeout cheesecakes for those of you who want a quick fix without all of that hassle. If we had to pick between New York Style Cheesecake and Boston Cream Pie for which treat best represents America, we’d have to go with New York on that one.

Apple Pie


It’s hard to say if a single food defines America—after all, we are a melting pot of different cultures and traditions. But there is one dish that may just come close: apple pie. Sure, you can get apple pie anywhere in America, but it’s not quite as good as what grandma makes. – James Beard Award Winner (2002), Erika Nakamura.

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