10 best American meals

Key lime pie

Key lime pie instead of limeade. This spunky tart, the official state pie of Florida, got its name from the small limes in the Florida Keys.


We love French fries, but for an American food variation on the potato theme, one beloved at Sonic drive-ins and school cafeterias everywhere, consider the Tater Tot.

SF sourdough

Sourdough is as old as the pyramids and not coincidentally was eaten in ancient Egypt. But the hands-down American favorite, and the sourest variety, comes from San Francisco.


The Brown Derby's proprietor, Bob Cobb, made a salad for Grauman's Theater owner Sid Grauman in 1937.

Pot roast

The childhood Sunday family dinner of baby boomers everywhere, pot roast claims a sentimental favorite place in the top 10 of American comfort foods.


Dehydrated meat shriveled almost beyond recognition – an unlikely source of so much gustatory pleasure, but jerky is a high-protein favorite of backpackers.


Take some vaqueros working on the range and the cattle slaughtered to feed them. Throw in the throwaway cuts of meat as part of the hands’ take-home pay.

Banana split

In 1904 Latrobe, Pennsylvania, future optometrist David Strickler split a banana lengthwise and put it in a boat dish while experimenting with sundaes.


Cornbread is a staple of Southern cookery, although black, white, and Native American cultures also eat it. Grind maize coarsely for grits; soak kernels in alkali for hominy.


Food rocket fuel is American. Combine all your granola, seeds, nuts, dried fruit, candied ginger, and M&Ms. Store in a bear-proof canister instead of a nylon sack on a branch.

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