July 14, 2024

Marylyn Svetlik

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In Search of American Cuisine


American Cuisine is one of the most diverse in the world. It’s influenced by the many cultures that make up our country, and it borrows ingredients from everywhere from Mexico to China. The result? A melting pot of international cuisine! In this guide, I’ll take you on a journey across America to explore some of its most iconic cuisines and dishes, from New England clam chowder all the way down to Key West conch fritters. By the end, you’ll be able to tell if someone’s got something “American” about them just by looking at their dinner plate!

In Search of American Cuisine

New England

New England cuisine is known for seafood, especially lobster and clams. New Englanders also love their baked beans, cornbread and maple syrup. The region has a long history of clamming and chowder making that dates back to the Native Americans who inhabited what is now New England before European settlers arrived in 1620.

New York City

New York City is known for its diverse food scene. With so many cultures represented in the city, there’s a wide range of cuisines available. You can find French, Italian, Chinese and other types of food at restaurants throughout New York City.

New Yorkers are passionate about their meals — they love trying new things and sharing stories about good meals they’ve had in the past. If you’re looking for something specific on your next trip to New York City (or if you just want some recommendations), ask any local where they recommend going to eat!

The Mid-Atlantic Region

The Mid-Atlantic region is a blend of Southern, Caribbean and New England cuisines. You’ll find things like crab cakes, soft shell crabs, fried chicken and grits on the menu here. If you’re in the mood for something more exotic: try some Maryland crab soup or Baltimore style pit beef with horseradish sauce (a type of roast beef). When in doubt? Go local!

If you’re visiting this area of the country during the summer months (May through September), make sure to check out some local festivals that are held throughout Virginia and Maryland. Some examples include: The Pungo Strawberry Festival; The Virginia Oyster Festival; Hampton Crab Festivals & Crab Races; Williamsburg Oyster & Seafood Festival; Fredericksburg Harvest Wine & Food Festival – just keep in mind there are many more options available within this time frame!

The South

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  • Southern food is a mixture of African-American, Native American, and European influences. It’s known for being spicy and salty. Southern cuisine uses a lot of sugar, butter, and meat; it’s high in calories and fat.


The Windy City is an exciting place to visit. There are countless museums and galleries, beautiful parks and beaches, world-class shopping…and of course, amazing food.

Chicago was named one of the “World’s 50 Best Cities” by Conde Nast Traveler magazine in 2017–and it’s easy to see why. The city has been home to some of America’s most influential chefs since its founding in 1833: Charlie Trotter (who opened his Michelin-starred restaurant at age 22), Rick Bayless (creator of Frontera Grill) and Grant Achatz (whose Alinea was named best restaurant in America by GQ).

The city boasts more than 2,000 restaurants — including nine James Beard Award winners — so no matter what type of cuisine you’re craving there’ll be something delicious waiting for you at any given moment.*

The Plains States

The Plains States are a land of cattle and wheat, with barbecue as their signature dish. A true American meal must include cornbread, potatoes and chili.

To start off your meal with some appetizers, try “prairie oysters”–crispy fried slivers of calf testicles served alongside horseradish sauce for dipping. If this sounds like something you’d like to try (and we don’t judge), visit South Dakota’s Black Hills Barbecue & Steakhouse for some tasty samples! Or if you’re looking for something more traditional, head over to Nebraska’s own Bobcat Bite Restaurant where they serve up buffalo burgers topped off with fried onions and chipotle mayo on a potato bun!

American food is a melting pot of different cultures, using ingredients from all over the world.

American food is a melting pot of different cultures, using ingredients from all over the world. American cuisine has been influenced by many countries and regions, including France, Germany, Italy and Mexico. It’s also heavily influenced by Native Americans who had their own cooking style before European settlers arrived in America.

American food isn’t just burgers and fries–it can be anything that uses local ingredients with global flavors. The best part about eating regional American cuisine is that it gives you an opportunity to try something new!


We hope that this article has helped you to understand the history of American cuisine. While it may seem like a simple dish of fried chicken, there is much more depth behind it than meets the eye. From its origins in Africa and Europe to its place today as part of our national identity, this food has shaped us as Americans both culturally and spiritually – and we wouldn’t have it any other way!