How Does Illinois' Signature Dish Rank Among The Best Food In Other States?


Chicago style deep dish pizza with a piece cut out

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Every state has a signature food that everyone has to try when they’re in town. Travelers would be hard-pressed to find cheese curds better than the ones in Wisconsin, and lobster rolls are best served in Maine. Foodies can’t resist the gumbo in Louisiana, and the BBQ brisket in Texas is unparalleled.

Still, some signature dishes are better than others. That’s why Eat This, Not That! named the best food in every state — and compiled a ranking of which ones are the best.

It should come as no surprise to residents of the Prairie State that the must-try dish in Illinois is Deep Dish Pizza. Here’s what Eat This, Not That! says about Illinois’ signature dish: “There is a long-standing battle between New York and Chicago-style pizzas. So it's no surprise that Illinois' state food is the deep dish pizza. Try to stick to just one slice!”

So, how does Deep Dish Pizza stack up against the other signature dishes in the U.S.? Deep Dish Pizza comes in at No. 20, according to Eat This, Not That!. These are the Top 10:

  1. Washington: Oysters
  2. Maryland: Crab Cakes
  3. California: Avocado Toast
  4. Delaware: Scrapple
  5. Connecticut: White Clam Pizza
  6. Kansas: Bierocks
  7. Pennsylvania: Philly cheesesteak
  8. Wisconsin: Cheese Curds
  9. New Hampshire: Apple Cider Donuts
  10. Georgia: Peach Cobbler

See the rest of the rankings here.


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