The first that usually comes to mind when talking about America usually isn’t food-related, but a recent thread where someone asked non-Americans to share their favorite American foods is changing that.
We definitely do our own thing when it comes to food over here, and healthy or not, it’s absolutely delicious. Here’s what non-Americans are craving from the time they spent either visiting or living in the U.S.
Non-Americans, what is the best “American” food?
European who moved to the states, so I’ve tried some American dishes that are beyond what is common back home.
Lobster Rolls. OMG these would be soooo popular back home. They are the perfect seafood sandwich!
Smoked brisket. Wow! I tried this in some small texas town and that place deserves a Michelin star!
Key Lime Pie. I think I ate a whole one by myself when I was in Miami
Chocolate chip cookies
I lived in Asia and when I visited the USA for 10 days my entire diet was basically ….
Texas BBQ with all the sides
All the Pies – Apple, Peach, Pecan, Key Lime….
Hamburger and Fries
The simple desserts like Fudge Brownies, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Krispy Kreme Plain glazed Donuts
Soft Drinks like Dr. Pepper and Root Beer are absolutely hated in Asia
Y’all have BBQ down to a fucking science.
In some places like St. Louis, KC, and TX it’s like a religion.
I really like Reuben sandwiches
I had a friend from France here for nearly 6 months, took him around the Mid-Atlantic and NYC… and all he wanted to do was keep going back to Arby’s for the Beef ‘n Cheddar.
I may be a simpleton, but an average diner with bottomless filter coffee, pancakes, bacon, and syrup was my favorite part of the day. Although I did put on about 10-15kg after a month in Texas
American here, but recently spoke with an Italian exchange student and asked him what he would miss most about the states.
Dead ass, he said “chicken parm”. That’s not an Italian thing. He said the first time he had it, he called his friend back home to tell them about it, and she hung up on him.
Are buffalo wings American? Because that’s modern-day Ambrosia.
From a Scottish friend of mine: chicken-fried steak with biscuits and gravy.
Gumbo. I’m talking cooked by somebody raised south of I-10
Given the level of Mexican food in Europe generally, Tex Mex is insane compared to what we get over here
I still dream of the meat I’ve eaten in the USA.
Also, Mexican food. By that, I mean whatever it is you guys eat in California.
Also, junk food.
Also, I might have had the two best cakes of my life in the US. One was a carrot cake at a wedding, another one was a burnt-almond cake.
Also, everything that comes with Thanksgiving: the turkey, the mashed potatoes, the deviled eggs.
Also, apple pie.
Also, I forgot the most important thing!! IN N’ OUT BURGERS
Also, the breakfast. I loved having that giant-ass food plated and infinite coffee refills.
Also, donuts from the local Chinese mom-and-pop store down the road.
The US doesn’t get enough credit for food, especially from Italians
Oddly enough, no one seems to have mentioned it…but cornbread. Yeah, as a guy who moved here, Americans have got cornbread down to a T. Combined with some soul food? Makes me smile on the inside. Gives me high blood pressure, but smile on the inside too.
I have relatives in Carolina, (I’m from UK) and the first time I had vinegar-based BBQ I nearly cried…that stuff for me can’t be beaten. I’d be fucking huge if I moved to the states
I worked in California for a while and this bakery near me used to have this spicy bread that was packed with cheese and jalapenos. It was greasy as f*ck but holy sh*t it was good
This is probably a recipe for disaster but I’m British and growing up visiting Florida I would love eating raw cookie dough from the refrigerator section
Those potatoes with cheese in it you make for thanksgiving.
So I’m a European dating an American.
I’ve tried many things so far but SMORES MAN holy shit it’s perfection.
Biscuits And gravy.
Nothing even comes close. A good buttermilk biscuit with proper sausage gravy is heaven on earth. Because by the end, your heart stops beating anyway.
My daughter was born and raised in Dallas, TX, moved to Geneva, Switzerland 6 years ago.
Every time she comes home, she packs a giant suitcase with canned chipotles, peppers, Xochitl salsa, pounds of chili powder, salsa verde, the works. When she throws a Mexican dinner, her friends go nuts.
But their favorites are her fried chicken (she learned from dad!!!) and they always track down a turkey for thanksgiving; she’s learned my gravy and dressing recipes to the letter. She always sends me pics and videos of her friends freaking out over super-legit turkey gravy.
So beyond how cool it is that my girl really picked up my love for feeding people, she’s brought some family recipes overseas (she works at the UN so she feeds people from like nine different countries).
Is Cheesecake American?
Cause that shit is glorious. Rarely do restaurants get it right here but when they have that authentic graham cracker crust, it’s the most delicious dessert I’ve had.
Give me a po’boy sandwich any day of the week
Peanut butter and jelly sandwich, at first I thought it was a disgusting combo, but when I tried it, loved it
As a Nigerian, one would expect my favorite food to be, IDK jollof rice or swallow. But no. It’s fries. I absolutely LOVE them. They’re my all-time favorite food. I can’t get any burger or chicken without fries, and I can eat as many of them as possible.
Fries Fries Fries (Forgive me If they aren’t originally American I really don’t know these things)
That sh*t is LIFE CHANGING
Eggs Benedict is apparently an American invention.
Clam Chowder (New England style, not the New York abomination).