Ole Hickory BBQ's banana pudding puts Alabama on the map, but Southerners claim bragging rights for all things barbeque. Bananas sliced. Wafers vanilla. Meringue. Custard, too.
Alabama Banana Pudding
Mooseburgers? What's next? Chili Caribou? Nope, Alaskan king crab legs are iconic. It's named Alaska. Locals use crab legs from the coast for stews and sandwiches.
Alaska: Alaskan King Crab Legs
A cook accidentally dropped a burrito into a deep fryer at the El Charro Cafe, the oldest continuously run Mexican restaurant in the U.S. We and the customer didn't complain.
Arizona : Chimichangas
"Fatman" Austin opened a restaurant near a pickle factory in the 1960s. He needed a way to attract customers. Hence, the Arkansas fried pickle. Fatman's restaurant closed in the late '60s, but the fried pickle lives on, and Atkins, the pickle capital of the world, still honours him.
Arkansas: Fried Dill Pickles
Avocado and bean sprout toast? Locals and visitors frequent In-N-Out Burgers. Celebrities who've just won an Oscar are known to order a Double-Double, a burger with double patties and double cheese, and eat with their Oscars on the table.
California: In-N-Out Double Double
Rocky Mountain Oysters (look them up at your own risk) are a novelty. Instead, it's lamb chops, stew, and fondue. Recreate Colorado's favourites.
Colorado: Lamb Chops
Ted's Restaurant in Meriden serves a unique steamed cheeseburger. These burgers are cooked on individual trays in a steam cabinet and topped with steam-melted cheddar cheese. Locals say it's juiciest burger ever.
Connecticut: Steamed Cheeseburgers