If there’s something that screams, “Americana,” it’s a road trip...and food. OK. Maybe it’s just food.
But let’s pretend you’re going on a road trip to all 50 states. What are the “must eat” foods in every state? I’m glad you asked, as Business Insider went ahead and found what they determined to be the one thing you have to eat in every state (and Washington D.C.).
They chose the most iconic and famous dishes by taking local recommendations into consideration and picking items you simply can't get anywhere else.
So pack your bags and your appetite!
AlabamaFried green tomatoes, anyone? The iconic Southern side dish consists of unripe tomatoes fried in cornmeal and were made famous by the 1987 novel Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café. And, of course, the subsequent movie based on it.
AlaskaBecause king crab legs are rare and incredibly dangerous to catch, this makes them an expensive delicacy, but totally worth it.
ArizonaChimichangas — deep-fried and meat-filled tortillas — were allegedly invented in Tucson after a burrito was accidentally dropped into a fryer.
ArkansasNot only are they known for cheese dip, but the state even hosts the World Cheese Dip Championship and has a cheese-dip trail.
CaliforniaSeeing as they're on the coast and the state prides itself on authentic Mexican cuisine, it's no surprise you should pick up a flaky fish taco if you hit the Golden State.
ColoradoDon't be fooled by the name. In case you never saw Funny Farm, Rocky Mountain Oysters — the iconic food of the state — are actually bull testicles.
ConnecticutNew Haven-style pizza, also known as "apizza," put the small town on the map.
DelawareVinegar French fries: Potatoes are soaked in vinegar, then refrigerated before being fried. If you want the original, they can be found at Thrasher's on the Rehoboth boardwalk.
FloridaSeeing as it's thought that Key Lime Pie was invented by sponge fishermen in the Keys, who condensed milk, eggs, and lime aboard their boats when traveling for long periods of time (with no access to an oven) it makes sense that you need a slice.
GeorgiaIt's the Peach State, so obviously you need to sink your teeth into some crispy peach pie.
HawaiiYes, Spam. Make fun of it all you want, but Hawaiians were introduced to it during WWII. The Japanese in the area started turning it into Spam musubi, a sushi roll of sorts that is made with grilled Spam, sticky rice, and nori seaweed. Voila!
IdahoYou know all about Idaho potatoes, so naturally you need some creamy potato chowder with diced bacon on top.
IllinoisWhether you're on team New York-style or Chicago-style pizza, you have to admit that deep-dish pizza, with its thick flour-and-cornmeal crust, deserves to be Illinois' signature dish.
IndianaHoosier pie (made with sugar, heavy cream, vanilla, and cinnamon) is Indiana's official state pie. If you want to walk it off, there's even a Hoosier Pie trail for visitors.
IowaThe pork to bun ratio is a bit off, but Iowa is famous for its pork tenderloin sandwiches, which contain a breaded and fried pork cutlet bigger than your head.
KansasIt's the Breadbasket of America, so sample the homemade, sticky, cinnamon-crusted rolls from Stroud’s.
It's Kentucky. Would you expect anything other than fried chicken?