A section of the world's largest California Roll. If you've had it at Indian Market in Santa Fe or to a powwow or pueblo anywhere in the country, you're probably salivating at the very thought. Thin-crust pizza made in a brick oven has its place, but if you lust for crust, nothing satisfies quite like Chicago-style. But citizens of the. The brand also makes everything from Chips Ahoy cookies to Fig Newtons to Triscuits, so it's only right that it's one of the most popular snack brands in the country. The sodium level gives the health-minded pause, but the BLT tastes like summer -- and who can resist that? We do love those leftovers. Creamy or chunky? Eric Thayer/Getty Images North America/Getty Images. The ultimate comfort food, macaroni and cheese is also the salvation of many a mom placating a finicky toddler. Sourdough bread is San Francisco's most beloved baked treat. Most credit chef Manashita Ichiro and his assistant Mashita Ichiro, at L.A.'s Tokyo Kaikan restaurant, which had one of the country's first sushi bars, with creating the "inside out" roll that preempted Americans' aversions by putting the nori (seaweed) on the inside of the rice and substituting avocado for toro (raw fatty tuna). Don't feel bad about going with the "lazy man's" cioppino -- it only means you're not going to spend half the meal cracking shellfish. Fame spread after a Walgreens in Chicago made the split its signature dessert in the 1920s. They were temporarily taken off the shelves between November 2012 to July 2013 -- when Hostess filed for bankruptcy. They might have been lofting a mocking revolutionary middle finger at the mother country by making a sloppy American version of the refined British steamed fruit and dough pudding. A man full of [grits] is a man of peace." Add all the granola, seeds, nuts, dried fruit, candied ginger, and M&Ms you want. Naples gave us the first pizza, but the City of Big Shoulders (and even bigger pizzas) gave us the deep dish. Nuggets, fingers, popcorn, bites, patties -- one of our all-time favorite ways to eat fried chicken is with waffles. People who didn't grow up eating them wonder what the heck they are. Philly cheese steak has famous fans -- including former President Barack Obama. Get those marshmallow sticks sharpened. Courtesy Joshua Kehn/Creative Commons/Flickr. Gone are the days when Catholics religiously abstained from eating meat on Fridays, but you'll still find clam chowder traditionally served in some East Coast locales -- not that it reminds anyone of penance these days. It's not a cookout, potluck, or the end of a long day in the saddle without a bubbling pot full of them. An American classic, best served with a view across the Atlantic. According to a pie chart (seriously) from the. Cobblers become doubly American when made with blueberries, which are native to North America (Maine practically has a monopoly on them). ", Jefferson's cousin Mary Randolph included a recipe for "macaroni and cheese" in her 1824 cookbook "The Virginia Housewife.". Jerky is so versatile and portable and packs such nutritional power that the Army is experimenting with jerky sticks that have the caffeine equivalent of a cup of coffee. Nothing complements a baseball game or summer cookout quite like a hot dog. No fancy centerpieces or long-simmering family squabbles at that first Thanksgiving when the Pilgrims decided not to fast but to party with the Wampanoag tribe in 1621 Plymouth. (In her day, you had to cut the meat finely by hand; the advent of commercial grinders changed all that.). We know you're going to want to throw back. Order them from. Food critic John Mariani dates the appearance of apple pies in the United States to 1780, long after they were popular in England. Annoyed, Crum makes the next batch with a little attitude, slicing the potatoes so thin, the crispy things can't possibly be picked up with a fork. Courtesy stu_spivack/Creative Commons/Flickr. A peanut butter and banana sandwich, Elvis Presley's favorite snack. Nothing particularly American about pasta and cheese -- except for the fact that on a European trip, Thomas Jefferson liked a certain noodle dish so much he took notes and had it served back home at a state dinner as "macaroni pie. Whether they were first to roast marshmallows and squish them between graham crackers with a bar of chocolate no one seems to know, but the Girl Scouts were the first to get the recipe down in the 1927 "Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts," transforming many a standard-issue campfire into a quintessential experience. Trail mix: fueling hikers across the United States. The thing to remember here is that the stuff is American food rocket fuel. We like it anytime -- so long as the Hatch chiles are roasted fresh. Apples aren't even native to the continent; the Pilgrims brought seeds. It's the home habitat of the blue crab, which both Maryland and Virginia claim as their own. Use red cedar (it has no preservatives), and cook slow, for that rich, smoky flavor. Or so say the folks in Pasadena, California, who claim the classic cheeseburger was born there in the late 1920s when a young chef at The Rite Spot accidentally burned a burger and slapped on some cheese to cover his blunder. How many sandwiches get to go by their initials? They're the favored hot breakfast in the so-called Grits Belt, which girdles everything from Virginia to Texas and where the dish is a standard offering on diner menus. No joke: He got the idea, he said, from tidily packaged airplane food. Flavored with teriyaki, jalapeno, lemon pepper, chili. And the 1907 Wilmington, Ohio, story, wherein restaurant owner Ernest Hazard came up with it to draw students from a nearby college. Courtesy Marcelo Trasel/Creative Commons/Flickr. Hot dogs are a staple of American street food -- sold at carts and stands across the country. Barbecue ribs -- the sticky fingered classic. Andrew Nestle reputedly got the recipe from her -- it remains on the package to this day -- and Wakefield got a lifetime supply of chocolate chips. According to Calvin Trillin, hot wings might have originated with John Young, and his "mambo sauce" -- also in Buffalo. Courtesy Kate Ter Haar/Creative Commons/Flickr. And let's not forget Kansas City, where the sauce is the thing.