20 American Cities and their Famous Foods

Chicago, IL-Pizza

Most people say deep dish pizza is Chicago pizza, but there’s an argument to be made that pub pizza is really the food of Chicago. Cut into squares, loaded with cheese, and a thin soft crust is how most residents take their pie.

New York, NY-Cheese Cake

Made creamy and rich by a combination of cheese and egg yolk, New York style cheese cake is served plain.

Buffalo, NY-Chicken Wings

The only city on the list that the food is named after. Some would say a football game can’t be watched without a Buffalo wing.

Philadelphia, PA-Cheese Steak

Gino’s or Pat’s? That’s the question that could launch a war. Locals are passionate about their long rolls with sizzling steak, cheese wiz, and onions.

Cincinatti, OH-Chili

A truly regional favorite not understood, residents of ‘Natti take their chili served on top of spaghetti.

Indianapolis, IN-Pork Tenderloin

The Crossroads of America likes their pork tenderloin smashed flat and thin, then served on a bun that’s way too small.

Seattle, WA-Coffee

As the home of Starbucks, it’s no surprise Seattle is known for its coffee. The hot drink pairs well with the cold weather in this city.

St. Louis, MO-Toasted Ravioli

This simple snack has been adopted by most restaurants in the city. An Italian neighborhood called “The Hill” is credited with having created these.

Trenton, NJ-Pork Roll

Think of a marriage between baloney and SPAM—that’s pork roll. It’s usually sliced thin, pan fried, and paired with eggs and cheese for a classic breakfast sandwich.

Minneapolis, MN-The Juicy Lucy

Perhaps the greatest burger in the world. The cheese inside this burger slowly oozes out like lava after the first bite.

New Orleans, LA-Po’boys

Named in 1929, the Martin brothers served these delicious sandwiches for free to workers on a 4-month strike. The restaurant workers called them “poor boys” and the name stuck.

Louisville, KY-The Hot Brown

Created in 1926, this hot sandwich takes comfort food to the extreme. Sliced white bread topped with roasted turkey, gravy, and bacon has become an iconic pairing in Kentucky.

Washington D.C.-The Half Smoke

Even the politicians can agree on this favorite food in D.C. A half beef, half pork spicy hot dog split down the middle and covered in chili, cheese, and onions.

Moline, IL-The Made-Rite

Located on the Mississippi River, the home of John Deere has been making this loose meat sandwich since 1927. This simple seasoned ground beef with your choice of toppings has been a local favorite for years.

Austin, TX- Tacos

Delicious, nutritious and easy to eat. It’s hard to imagine a world without tacos.

Kansas City, MO-Burnt ends

The fatty, flavorful, crusty end pieces cut from the point of a smoked brisket are a staple in this city.

Charleston, SC-Low Country Boil

A one-pot meal of spicy sausage, corn on the cob, shrimp, red potatoes, and spices, boiled and served. A favorite community meal that could feed an army.

Houston, TX-Chicken Fried Steak

Brought to the region by German settlers, chicken fried steak is eaten with white gravy for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Cleveland, OH-Polish Boy

Not to be confused with the Po’boy in New Orleans, Louisiana , this signature sandwich is huge! A polish sausage on a roll with a layer of French fries, BBQ sauce, and coleslaw.

Milwaukee, WI-Cheese Curds

The only way to improve on a cheese curd is to deep fry it. Grab a beer and some curds when visiting America’s Dairy Land.

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Written by Emma Radebaugh

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