American Foods You Must Try

American Foods You Must Try

If you are planning your trip to the US, you need to be asking yourself what is like some really great American food that I need to try. Of course, there are a lot of different American foods that you can try, but we narrowed it down to this specific list. So that if you go with any of these ten, you will be pretty satisfied and have an idea of what American food is all about.





Barbecue (BBQ)

America is known so well for its barbecue. There are a few different kinds of barbecues that you can try, such as Texas, Kansas City, Memphis, and Carolina barbecues, but whatever the case, you will be in for a great time. Some must-try meats include the brisket, the baby back ribs, the sausages, pulled pork, etc. If you go to the right restaurant, you will definitely get meats that are beautifully marinated, smoked, and served with a rocking barbecue sauce. So if you live in the US or plan to travel to the US, you cannot miss out on American BBQ. This is one of the most epic meals you can get in the US.

Biscuits & Gravy 

This is a very old-school traditional American dish that really represents comfort food in America. It’s pretty self-explanatory: biscuits are light gray with thick gravy sauce on top. Usually, the best biscuits are those that are freshly made, with a gravy sauce that has that beautiful creamy taste to it. You will find these in many American breakfast restaurants commonly eaten as a side dish or appetizer to your main meal. So if you look for some traditional American food at its best, then you definitely need to try some of these beautiful biscuits & gravy.

Buffalo Wings

Despite how it sounds, this is not actually buffalo meat; rather, they are small chicken wings and drumsticks smothered with buffalo sauce. The signature sauce includes orange, red sauce like thick, spicy, tangy, and extremely tasty. In many restaurants, buffalo wings are served as appetizers, but some restaurants specialize in these as main meals. If you have never had buffalo wings before, give it a shot because it’s one of the coolest things to eat, especially in a group.

Clam Chowder

It originated on the east coast of the US and has many variations that differ, whether it's in New York, Delaware, or Rhode Island. Typically, Clam Chowder is a thick white-colored soup that contains clams along with potatoes, celery, onions, and usually comes with a side of saltine crackers. This is another American comfort food that’s good, especially on a cold day. So if you need to try one out in the US, then you need to taste something traditional that represents American cuisine at its best.

Fried Chicken

Another one of the great American foods, which has many variations around the world right now, is fried chicken. Commonly, it's a piece of chicken coated and deep-fried so that it's crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside if made right. There are a few different variations of these in the US, including the Nashville hot chick and the southern style. But in any case, you will find fried chicken almost everywhere in the US. It serves as great fast food as well as a nice sit-down meal. If you have never had American fried chicken before then, this is something you absolutely need to try. Actually, it’s not healthy food, but it’s too good to give a try. 


When you think of American cuisine, hamburgers are usually on the top of that list. It's essentially a flat piece of brown beef that is charbroiled and put between two bread buns along with toppings of tomato, lettuce, and pickles. Toppings can vary according to the restaurant you go to, and of course, many people love to add a piece of cheese, which then becomes a cheeseburger. So if you have never had burgers in the US before then, you are missing out as that’s probably the first thing you should get if you are visiting the US.

Hot Dog

Another one of the top American foods that come to mind is Hot Dog. It's cheap and tasty fast food that you can find almost everywhere in the US. It’s a piece of sausage put in the bread bun, and the topping usually consists of onions, relish, ketchup, and mustard. However, the topping can vary depending on how creative the restaurant is. 


The pizza originated in Italy, but the US has adopted it and made its own. There are many different Pizza styles that America makes. However, if we have to narrow it down, we would really recommend that you try the New York Style Pizza and Chicago Deep-Dish Pizza. These are really classic American pizzas that everyone loves, and you can find these just about everywhere in the US.

Reuben Sandwich

America is known for its many sandwiches ranging from a Turkey Sandwich to Pastrami. Nevertheless, if we have to narrow it down to a Bona Fide America Sandwich, go with the Reuben Sandwich. There are many variations of these in the US, but what common amongst Reuben Sandwiches are the corned beef with the Swiss cheese and the Rye bread. It’s a gigantic meal, and if you are a meat lover, then you should go with this. It's definitely not for the health-conscious, but if you don’t care about any of that, then this is for you.


This meal is usually eaten once a year during the Thanksgiving holiday. It's composed of a whole cooked turkey with stuffing inside. It’s one of the most festive meals that you can eat in America, and there are really only two ways to eat it: either at a restaurant or at someone’s home. But if you can find the home-cooked version, we would say go ahead.

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