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Americans Share The Iconic State Foods That Immediately Tell You Where They’re From

Over on Reddit, u/Boss31112 recently asked,

“Using only food, where did you grow up?”

I knew right away that my answer was CRABS and OLD BAY(Maryland) — but I was curious what other people said, so I dug around for some of the best responses for you.


1. Louisiana

Jambalaya, gumbo, crawfish, and po’boys.

u/Imjusthereforthelols

“A bowl of gumbo with a half muffuletta and some crawfish on the side. For dessert, either some king cake or moon pie of course.”

—DRAKE

2. New Jersey

Taylor ham, egg, and cheese.

u/Ok-Inspection-5334

3. South Carolina

“Lowcountry boil, shrimp & grits, boiled peanuts, cathead biscuits, potato salad made with mustard, cornbread, okra & stewed tomatoes, sweet potato pie, fried green tomatoes.”u/WishNumber1

4. Rochester, NY

Garbage plates.u/covetides

5. New Mexico

Red or green Chile

RealSarlosCantana

6. Minnesota

Tater tot hot dish

u/phluke

7. Philly

Hoagies, cheesesteaks, soft pretzels

@ChrisNo09638382

8. Massachusetts

Lobster, baked beans, chowder

u/Wienerwrld

“Fluffernutters for lunch, steamers for dinner, and Dunkin’ coffee whenever we damn well please.”

u/I-LIKE-NAPS·6

9. Michigan

Blue Moon ice cream and pack

u/BuickAttack

10. Washington

Apples, salmon, and teriyaki

u/8daysaweek

11. Rural Pennsylvania

“Smoky, slightly sweet bologna, and also scrapple, red beet eggs, and whoopie pies.”

Lemon_itsWednesday

12. Georgia

Boiled peanuts

bradmajors69

13. Oregon

“Coffee, craft beer, and Voodoo Doughnuts.”

u/GraboidFarmer

14. Nebraska

Runza

u/LP53

15. San Francisco

“Sourdough bread and Dungeness crabs.”

u/Limp_Distribution

16. North Carolina

Cheerwine and pulled pork with vinegar-based barbecue sauce.

—u/YanniRotten·1

17. Florida

Alligator quesadillas, grouper, key lime pie, Publix subs.

alieninhumanskin10

18. Hawaii

Spam musubi and shaved ice.

u/gailfran

19. Tuscon Arizona

Bacon wrapped Sonoran dogs.

—u/questionnotquestions

20. Connecticut

Hot buttered lobster rolls or franks and beans on Saturday night.

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