Food to Try in USA

May 18 , 2021 by: Amanda Goh

Ah America, land of dreams and amazing food. When it comes to American food, many may assume that it is all but healthy — with dishes filled with greasy and processed food. However, there is more to America than fast food! Here are some hearty dishes to try in America to get your taste buds going!

Mac and Cheese

While mac and cheese had originated in Southern Italy, it has been an American favorite for years. This dish consists of, of course, macaroni and cheese and can be topped with various toppings including lobster.

Chicken and Waffles

This unique dish is thought to have originated with the South African Americans. Fried chicken and waffles, while may seem like a weird combination, goes well with each other.

This dish typically comes with fried chicken on top of waffles, and served with maple syrup. This sweet and savory combination with the fried chicken and maple syrup complements each other, with various textures and flavors coming together with each bite.


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Key Lime Pie

A popular dish from Florida is Key Lime Pie. This dessert consists of lime juice, condensed milk and eggs which form a custard. This custard is then cooled in a buttery crust and topped with cream.

This dish gives a unique taste, with the tanginess of the key lime custard balancing the sweetness of the cream well. This refreshing pie is usually paired with white wines.

Deep Dish Pizza

Deep Dish Pizza is known as one of Chicago’s culinary icons. This dish was created by Neapolitan immigrants, serving up their unique take on pizza. The deep dish pizza consists of pizza in a deep dish, coped with alternate layers of cheese, meat and tomato sauce.

This pizza is hearty and comforting, loaded with cheese and meat with every bite. Today, this pizza is famous all over the world, and one for pizza lovers.

Lobster Roll

Lobster rolls are like hot dogs, but with lobster instead. This Maine specialty consists of lobster meet slathered with butter between a hot dog roll. Authentic lobster rolls are sweet from the lobster with the bread roll cutting the overpowering flavors.

A ‘Maine-style’ lobster roll is made with a toasted bun filled with fresh chunks of lobster meat. This roll is also typically tossed in mayo, adding creaminess to this dish.

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Chili con Carne

Another comfort food you can find in America is Chili. Chili con Carne is a spicy stew filled with chili peppers, meat and other seasonings. This dish is known to be American with Mexican roots.

Due to its seasoning, this dish is aromatic and flavorful, typically eaten with rice. Depending on the spices used, this dish can give off different flavors, some spicier while others sweeter.

Texas Barbecue

If you are a fan of meat and barbeque, try a Texas barbecue in America. This cuisine consists of grilled and smoked meats with various side dishes. One of Texas’ specialty is beef brisket seasoned with salt and pepper. While it sounds simple, this dish is juicy and tender, melting in your mouth with each bite.

At a Texas barbecue restaurant, you may also find Texas barbecue sauce. This sauce consists of cumin, chili powder, hot sauce and Worcestershire to create a hearty sauce that complements the barbecued meats.

Meat Loaf

This hearty dish is made with ground beef, among other ingredients, and baked in a loaf. While it may sound odd, this dish actually tastes like a burger patty, if cooked well. This dish is typically served in slices and topped with various sauces.

Sweet Potato Casserole

Popular especially around the holiday season, sweet potato casserole is a hearty and gooey dish made with sweet potatoes, butter and marshmallows. While it may sound like a dessert, it is not. This dish is typically served with green beans and cranberry sauce during Thanksgiving.

This dish is flavorful yet starchy due to the sweet potato center, while sweet and crisp from the marshmallows.

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Surf and Turf

If you can’t decide what you want for dinner, try a surf and turf. This dish includes a portion of seafood and meat. The meat is typically a steak, while seafood can range from lobsters to prawns. Elements in the surf and turf are usually grilled and topped with a thick sauce to give it extra flavor.

This dish became popular during the 60s in the United States. While this dish may seem to be associated with low-quality items, it is still popular among Americans.

New York Cheesecake

If you are a fan of cheesecake, try New York Cheesecake for a unique take on a traditional cheesecake. A New York Cheesecake, unlike other cheesecakes, are heavy and dense with a rich texture.

Typically, these cheesecakes come in various flavors including chocolate and lemon. This cheesecake includes heavy cream, eggs, cream cheese and sour cream to give it a tangy flavor.


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