Food & Nutrition

The One Food You Have to Try in Every State

From pizza to meat pies and lots of regional, rare, and heritage-influenced bites in between, we scoured the United States for the authentic foods that locals love, expert foodies want to get their hands on, and original meals that you won’t be able to get anywhere else.

Alabama: Tomato pie

Fresh tomato pie on grey wooden background5 second Studio/Shutterstock

Tomato dishes roll deep in Alabama, but there is one that stands out from the rest—tomato pie. Fresh tomatoes, bacon, and basil make up the heart of the dish and then it’s covered in sauce. The dish has roots back to the 19th century when it started as a sweet dish that used buttered and sugared green tomatoes. Love all things America? Don’t miss these 100 unique products made in the U.S. of A.

Alaska: Reindeer dog

Michael Anderson Hot dogs sizzle on the grill at Michael Anderson's popular hot dog stand, where spicy reindeer dogs are the hands-down crowd favorite in downtown Anchorage, Alaska. M.A.'s Gourmet Dogs is owned by Anderson, a guy with an attitude and seven types of tasty grilled dogs, including one with a little bit of Rudolph in it. The reindeer meat, too lean to hold together alone, is mixed with pork and beefRachel D'Oro/Shutterstock

While Alaska is definitely known for salmon, it’s the Reindeer dogs you need to try in the northernmost state. Made from Alaskan caribou (no, you’re not really eating Rudolph!), these dogs are smoked and seasoned with coriander, then split, grilled, and served on a steamed bun. Around for years, the craze really picked up in 1999 when the food was featured in Rick Sebak’s 1999 Hot Dog Program.

Arizona: Cheese crisps

Arizona- Cheese CrispsCourtesy Gaby Dalkin of

Being close to the Mexican border, there are a lot of influences on Arizona’s cuisine. One thing that is pretty unique to the area—cheese crisps. Different from a quesadilla, cheese crisps are baked on a pan (like a pizza pan) and served open face. Cheese crisps are rarely found outside the state, but rumor has it you might spot some in San Diego.

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