A restaurant in Irondale, Ala., originated this iconic fried dish to make use of abundant unripe green tomatoes.

Get the Recipe: Fried Green Tomatoes


When cured, basted and baked, strips of Alaskan King Salmon become a dry, salty-sweet jerky with just a hint of smoke.

Get the Recipe: Salmon Candy


A burrito was once accidentally dropped in the fryer (or so the tale goes), and the crispy, meat-filled chimichanga was born.

Get the Recipe: Pork Chimichanga


Cook catfish quickly at a very high temperature to produce a crispy, crunchy crust that’s signature of the Arkansas dish.

Get the Recipe: Southern Fried Catfish


Deep-fried, flaked and served with fresh fixin’s, fish tacos are a favorite amongst surfers and southern Californians.

Get the Recipe: Fish Tacos


Serve this thinner, subtly spicy pork chili — richly green thanks to tart, firm tomatillos — with tortilla chips and lime wedges.

Get the Recipe: Chile Verde


In CT, thin-crust pizza is topped with garlic, oregano, olive oil, just a sprinkling of cheese and fresh local clams.

Get the Recipe: New Haven-Style White Clam Pizza


These tangy boardwalk-inspired spuds are soaked in vinegar, refrigerated and then fried to a golden brown finish.

Get the Recipe: Vinegar French Fries


Key limes (abundant in the Florida Keys) react with condensed milk to form this no-bake pie’s thick filling.

Get the Recipe: Key Lime Pie


Sweet, juicy Georgia peaches peek through the woven lattice crust of this sunny pie, flavored with a little sugar and spice.

Get the Recipe: Lattice-Top Georgia Peach Pie


Serve marinated, diced sashimi-grade ahi tuna with lettuce cups and fried wontons to tap into the spirit of Aloha.

Get the Recipe: Ahi Poke


Idaho gives us steak’s answer to chicken fingers: double-battered sirloin segments fried and served with BBQ sauce.

Get the Recipe: Finger Steaks


With a cast-iron skillet and super-hot oven, you can mimic the crispy crust exterior of this layered deep-dish pie.

Get the Recipe: Chicago-Style Deep Dish Pizza


Marinate pork tenderloin in spiced buttermilk, then bread and fry until it’s crispy and brown to fill this classic Hoosier sandwich.

Get the Recipe: Breaded Pork Tenderloin Sandwich


Iowa sweet corn doesn’t need much for its natural flavors to shine — simply grill and brush with a bit of garlic butter

Get the Recipe: Grilled Sweet Corn on the Cob


Follow KC tradition by starting these tender ribs with a spicy rub and finishing with a complex 15-ingredient barbecue sauce.

Get the Recipe: Kansas City-Style Ribs


Bake an open-faced turkey sandwich (topped with bacon and Mornay sauce) to re-create this Louisville classic.

Get the Recipe: Kentucky Hot Browns


This 18th century spicy Cajun stew gains flavor from its dark roux and characteristic thickness from sassafras-sourced file.

Get the Recipe: Shrimp Gumbo


This classic seaside sandwich from Maine skips the seasonings and celery, letting the fresh lobster flavor shine through.

Get the Recipe: Lobster Roll


Plentiful Chesapeake Bay blue crabs (meaty male Jimmies, only!) are smothered in Old Bay Seasoning and steamed.

Get the Recipe: Old Bay Steamed Blue Crabs


Serve this creamy milk-based “chowdah” — filled with chunks of potato, bacon and plenty of fresh clams — with oyster crackers.

Get the Recipe: Clam Chowder


With Cornish and Finnish roots, these popular D-shaped beef and veggie meat pies began as miners’ fuel.

Get the Recipe: Michigan Pasty


Pronounced “hoddish,” this casserole (creamy veggies topped with crispy tater tots) is perfect for serving at large gatherings.

Get the Recipe: Hotdish


Rich, dense chocolate filling — dark as the banks of the Mississippi river — sits atop a crumbly cookie crust.

Get the Recipe: Mississippi Mud Pie


Crispy on the outside, filled with soft cheese and liberally dipped in marinara sauce: an appetizer we can get behind.

Get the Recipe: Fried Ravioli


Huckleberries — small round fruits similar to blueberries — are abundant in the Pacific Northwest, and perfect for filling pies.

Get the Recipe: Huckleberry Pie


You’ll find palm-sized meat pies like these all throughout Nebraska — great as a make-ahead lunch or for a potluck.

Get the Recipe: Nebraska Handheld Meat Pies


Fill your plate(s), Vegas-style, with varied recipes you might find at one of the bottomless buffets on the strip.

Get the Recipe: Las Vegas All-You-Can-Eat Buffet

New Hampshire

Feed a crowd the NH way with moist, tender corned beef, veggies cooked in beef broth and a tasty horseradish sauce.

Get the Recipe: New England Boiled Dinner

New Jersey

For an authentic Jersey breakfast, layer pork roll (a SPAM-like meat) with a cheese-smothered egg between toasty buns.

Get the Recipe: Pork Roll Sandwich With Egg and Cheese

New Mexico

In New Mexico, chiles — the state veggie — are mixed to form a relish and thrown atop burgers with ample cheese.

Get the Recipe: Green Chile Cheeseburger

New York

Try a healthier baked version of the spicy, tangy (usually fried) wings with blue cheese sauce that hail from Buffalo.

Get the Recipe: Buffalo Wings

North Carolina

Our vinegar-based pulled pork sauce is as tangy as any North Carolinian would expect, plus a little sweet and spicy to boot.

Get the Recipe: Pulled Pork BBQ Sandwich

North Dakota

Thin, delicate potato crepes are browned in a skillet, spread with butter and sugar, and rolled into a tube for frequent consumption.

Get the Recipe: Lefse Potato Crepes


These no-bake peanut butter and chocolate balls are crafted to look like the nuts that fall from the Ohio Buckeye tree.

Get the Recipe: Buckeyes


Crisped to a golden brown, fried okra is an irresistible snack enjoyed in Oklahoma and all throughout the South.

Get the Recipe: Crispy Cornmeal Okra


Tart, conical marionberries (like blackberries, but sweeter) turn reddish when cooked inside a perfect crumb-topped pie.

Get the Recipe: Marionberry Pie


In Philly, the big cheese steak debate — sliced cheese or canned Cheese Whiz? — goes on between rival restaurants.

Get the Recipe: Philly Cheese Steak

Rhode Island

Squeeze this sweet-tart treat (think icy dessert crossed with a drink) out of a cup — no spoon! — like the Rhode Island folk do.

Get the Recipe: Frozen Lemonade

South Carolina

Grits (thick ground corn) form a bed for fresh-from-the-sea shrimp and other mix-ins, like bacon, garlic and lemon.

Get the Recipe: Shrimp and Grits

South Dakota

This unique state dish calls for cubed red meat to be deep-fried, dipped in garlic salt and served with saltines.

Get the Recipe: Chislic


Marinate ribs overnight with a complex rub and then cook until they develop a rich, dark crust. Optional BBQ sauce included.

Get the Recipe: Memphis Dry-Rub Ribs


The king of Texas BBQ (and there’s plenty) is the Texas brisket, coated with mustard and a spicy rub and smoked for nine hours.

Get the Recipe: Texas Brisket


This grim-sounding casserole is anything but: onions, garlic and cream topped with melted cheese and crunchy cornflakes.

Get the Recipe: Funeral Potatoes


Sweet-tart apples meet sharp Vermont cheddar in this classic New England take on the favorite fall pie.

Get the Recipe: Cheddar Cheese Apple Pie


Salty country ham slices are covered with honey mustard and sandwiched between Southern-style chive-speckled biscuits.

Get the Recipe: Virginia Ham Biscuits


Give salmon woodsy, smoky flavor by brushing the fish with a marinade and then broiling atop soaked, browned cedar planks.

Get the Recipe: Cedar-Planked Salmon

West Virginia

Re-create the West Virginia convenience store snack by filling dough pockets with shredded mozzarella and a pepperoni stick.

Get the Recipe: Pepperoni Roll


Bratwurst (ground meat sausages that are grilled or pan-fried) are served with tangy sauerkraut on a baguette.

Get the Recipe: Bratwurst Stewed With Sauerkraut


In Wyoming, steak is tenderized, dredged in an egg mixture and flour, then pan-fried until it has a crispy, breaded exterior.

Get the Recipe: Chicken Fried Steak

Washington D.C.

In D.C., giant, smoky hot dogs are split in half, grilled and piled high with a chunky chopped onion chili. A capital meal, indeed.

Get the Recipe: Chili Half-Smokes

Bonus: Election Cake

Celebrate your democratic spirit by baking this historic yeasted Bundt cake (a spiced holiday bread meets coffee cake) covered in confectioners’ glaze.

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States that neighbor the border borrow flavors liberally from Mexican cuisine.
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