I stumbled across this article about popular cuisine by state today and had to check it out. I’m a South Carolina girl, and Nick is a North Carolina guy. We banter back and forth about who has the better home state. (I know, I know, it’s clearly South Carolina, but some people just will not accept defeat.)
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It turns out that our home states are pretty similar when it comes to food. Surprise, surprise, Southern food came in as the most popular by far in both states. Southern states like southern food. It makes sense; it’s readily available, it’s what locals grow up eating, and we’re not about to give it up.
I love Southern food. Honestly, I love food. I love trying new foods, creating new recipes, and sometimes ordering things I can’t even pronounce. But Southern food holds a special place for me. It’s comforting and familiar, and it represents home. After visiting any non-southern state, I am always very glad to come home to Southern food and sweet tea.
Here’s the top five for both Carolinas:
1. Southern (229% higher than the national average)
3. Hot Dogs
4. Chicken Wings
5. Soul Food
1. Southern (327% higher than the national average)
3. Soul Food
4. Chicken Wings
See? They are fairly similar. It looks like North Carolina loves cheesesteaks and hot dogs, and South Carolina loves seafood and barbeque instead. I like how the list works out. There’s a great hotdog place in Nick’s hometown (they might actually be responsible for getting hotdogs on North Carolina’s list) and I always have to get mustard based barbeque when we travel to the lower half of South Carolina.
So what about you? What’s the most popular cuisine in your state? Do you have certain foods that represent home?