America is known for its food. It has grown in popularity massively over the years and now American food can be found globally. However, it’s not just burgers! Each area of America is famous for a different staple dish, and all equally as delicious. From lobster to corn dogs, the US offers all sorts of weird and wacky cuisine. Here is our guide on our must-try food in America:
Clam Chowder in Boston
Boston is one of the coolest US cities. Boasting exciting nightlife, historic sights to sea and stunning views over the harbour, Boston really has it all. The clam chowder is the dish of the city, and rightly so. It is a simple recipe of fresh shellfish in a creamy soup with potatoes and pork and a handful of delicious herbs. Nothing quite beats this rich concoction. Don’t be fooled if you’ve already tried clam chowder elsewhere in America, this dish changes drastically from region to region! Already tried it and want to recreate it yourself? Check out a recipe here.
Learn how to make an authentic clam chowder in Boston on our adventures, take a look at what we offer HERE.
Barbecue in Texas
Now we know it’s not the most sustainable way to eat, but it is worth trying! Texas is famous for its barbecue cook-outs, with a huge variety of meat slow cooked in smoky flavours and served with delicious sides like charred corn on the cob. It has become a real culture point for Texas, sparking huge events and festivals dedicated to the barbecue. It’s hard to beat the melt-in-your-mouth slow cooked brisket, we’re slightly obsessed! Take a look at the Texas Monthly Barbecue Festival here.
Deep Dish Pizza in Chicago
Chicago is one of the most exciting cities you’ll visit. We know pizza is everywhere and obviously originated in Italy, however, the Chicago pizza is something quite different. The thick crust is gently fried in oil giving it a delicious flavour and texture, and then layered on top (in what we’d consider a slightly odd order) is cheese, vegetables or meat and then a fresh tomato sauce. It is truly addictive, and definitely worth a trip to Chicago for! Read all about the history of deep dish pizza here.
Cheesesteak in Philadelphia
The Philly cheesesteak is famous around the world, and we can understand why! This staple dish is beautifully simple, a perfectly cooked piece of steak, layered with gooey cheese in a crusty baguette. Often a foot long, finishing one of these can be challenging, but worth a go! There are plenty of options to load up the sandwich as much as you like, with people opting for sweet caramelised onions and sauteed mushrooms. This will be the best sandwich you’ll ever taste! Check out a recipe here if you want to try and recreate it!
On our Coyote Trips we always make sure everyone gets the opportunity to try a Philly cheesesteak in Philadelphia!
Fish Tacos in California
Fresh fish tacos in California are up there with our favourite meals. Seasoned with Mexican spices, the delicate fish is brought to life and sandwiched between a corn taco. It’s the perfect snack when exploring busy LA! Often topped with shredded cabbage and a guacamole-style sauce, the flavours are punchy and memorable. We know there are plenty of exciting dishes to try in California, but be sure to make a fish taco one of them. Have a look at the best places to try them here.
Mud Pie in Mississippi
We’ve been focusing on the savoury, but America does sweet just as good! In particular the Mississippi mud pie is to die for. Made up of a chocolate cookie crust and then all of your favourite chocolate desserts rolled into one for the topping, this is what dreams are made of. It is intensely rich and creamy, and mostly made with a chocolate fudge layer, a ganache, marshmallows and chocolate frosting. However, this ranges from restaurant to restaurant and sometimes it can even be topped with custard and whipped cream… Truly mouth-watering! Check out a recipe here.
These are just a few of our favourite dishes, there are well over a hundred delicious dishes of must-try food in America. I hope this has tempted you to indulge on a visit and try everything this country has to offer!