25 Regional American Foods You Might Not Know (But Should)

Ever had lutefish? Chitlins? A crown burger? Brush up on some of country's more obscure localized specialties.


Regional food pride is one thing that nearly every American connects with—at least one food staple will trigger memories from home or the place a person grew up. From childhood Nilla pudding served at cookouts to cod fish packed in lye on Christmas day, our palates and love for food are hugely defined by the places we have lived and what we were eating while there. Regional food always has a story that says something about the place and its history.

As we've said before (and many other have argued before us), there are few better ways to understand the 50 states than through their local food traditions. Though we have all heard of Chicago deep dish and Texas BBQ, there are lesser known delicacies like goetta and Gerber sandwiches to be discovered. Here are 25 regional dishes that you might not know by name, but probably should. 

How many have you tried? We think it should be every American's goal to eat 'em all one day.

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  • http://twitter.com/BrendaFike Brenda Fike

    Great list concept! I’d only heard of coddies (MD, not MA) but I’m glad for this introduction to the rest.

  • http://twitter.com/BrendaFike Brenda Fike

    Great list concept! I’d only heard of coddies (from MD, not MA) but I’m glad to be introduced to the rest.

    • First We Feast

      @twitter-22843210:disqus gahhh, typo. thanks—definitely Baltimore, MARYLAND.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Brianandrewsmith Brian Andrew Smith

    That goetta looks more like scrapple than goetta. Goetta>>>>>>>scrapple

  • Viking84

    Norwegian (and possibly other Scandinavian immigrants) brought lutefisk! If you’re going to state history for some, get it right for all of them!

  • Burquena

    Chow chow is not New Mexican cuisine. Where is the Southwest love. If Hatcg Green Chile isn’t regional I don’t know what is.

  • Ben Bitten

    um, what! Never had chow chow. never heard of it. where in NM did you find this? GREEN CHILE. and if it has to be a dish, then chile rellenos.

    • Ben Bitten

      also, grew up in wisconsin. we called the pistachio stuff “Green Fluff”

  • beabrezzy91

    As a souther I can only recommend the watergate salad, frogmore stew, and she-crab soup. But under no circumstances would I ever try and get anyone to try chitlins lol. Do yourself a favor and skip that one when trying crazy foods.

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