25 Best American Foods That Visitors To The USA Yearn to Eat

When it comes to food, America has a reputation for being a melting pot of cultures and cuisines. From fast food chains like McDonald’s and KFC to classic American dishes like hamburgers and hot dogs, there are many foods that people around the world associate with the United States. 

In this Reddit thread, visitors share their favorite American foods, offering a glimpse into the diverse culinary landscape of the USA.

#1. Smoked Brisket

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Everyone agreed the smoked brisket was at the top of their food lists. With 31.1K votes, the smoked brisket takes the biscuit. One user said, “I tried this in some small Texas town, and that place deserves a Michelin star!”

#2. All the Pies

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With 24.7K votes, everyone LOVES the pies, from apple to key-lime and everything in between. Visitors couldn’t get enough of this sweet dessert. 

#3. Reuben Sandwiches

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Crowned as “the king of sandwiches” by one user, the Reuben is a delicious sandwich people can eat any time of day. 

#4. Thanksgiving Dinner

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The end-of-November American staple has people’s mouths watering around the globe. 

#5. Chocolate Chip Cookies

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The chocolate chip cookie is about as American as you can get. A gooey sensation that has people craving more with each bite. JDBerezansky said in Vietnam they call chocolate chip cookies “American cookies.”

#6. Diner Coffee and Breakfast 

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Redditors couldn’t get enough of the breakfast foods and bottomless carafes of filter coffee. They loved the bacon, pancakes, and syrup. Several users named the famous diner Waffle House their all-time favorite. 

#7. Chicken-Fried Steak with Biscuits and Gravy

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This American classic also made it to the list. Users love this breaded and fried steak with a crispy, golden exterior, and a juicy, tender interior. Paired with some country gravy and biscuits, users couldn’t get enough!

#8. Buffalo Chicken Wings

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Straight out of Buffalo, New York, these sensational spicy bites easily made it on this list. CrockleDonker wrote, “Yes, of course with blue cheese sauce, I’m a functioning human being!”

#9. Gumbo

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Not just any Gumbo, Reddit users said this Gumbo needed to be straight from the South. One user wrote, “Gumbo from a grandmother’s kitchen south of 1-10 in a small town, you’ll think you’ve died and gone to heaven.”

#10. Tex Mex

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Europeans don’t have what it takes to recreate this meal overseas. One Redditor responded, “I went to a Welsh Tex Mex place called Wah Ha Kah (spelled phonetically) it was awful! The sauce was marinara!”

 Nomoreroger exclaimed, “I had a burrito in Southern Europe. The tortilla was a crepe and the salsa was ketchup.”

#11. Cornbread

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Visitors couldn’t get enough of the cornbread when they visited the United States. Avatarjack responded, “A nice warm cornbread muffin with some butter and a little drizzle of honey is amazing.”

Another Redditor said, “Americans have got cornbread down to a T. Combined with some soul food? Makes me smile on the inside. Gives me high blood pressure, but smile on the inside too.” 

#12. American BBQ

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Redditors couldn’t get enough of the American BBQ, no matter the type of meat, how it’s cooked, or what’s on it. PeterParker86 recalled, “The first time I had vinegar based BBQ, I nearly cried…that stuff for me can’t be beat.”

#13. Cookie Dough

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A surprise to many Americans, lots of visitors have never eaten cookie dough! DuckBill said, “Cookie dough is so good that nearly everyone will pick the cookie dough.”

#14. S’mores 

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Gooey, chocolatey, and crunchy – the holy trinity. Isakity remembered, “I had the pleasure of watching a table full of folks from Britain eat s’mores for the first time. There was general confusion, but ultimately delight.”

#15. Cheesecake 

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One user said, “There was a cheesecake challenge on Great British Bake-off, and almost everyone made theirs with a pastry crust, and I was so sad for them.”

Another hilariously responded, “Saw that. Figured it would be best to cut diplomatic ties with the UK for that travesty.”

#16. Philly Cheesesteaks

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An important part of any American diet is the Philly cheesesteak. A Redditor responded, “Greasy bready cheesy are the three most important parts of the American food pyramid.” 

#17. Banana Pudding

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This one HAD to be on the list. Non-Americans can’t seem to get away from this mouthwatering dessert. 

One user wrote, “Gotta have the nilla wafers or it isn’t right.”

#18. Cheeseburgers

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Surprised this one isn’t higher on the list? We are too! But it’s here, the American staple – the cheeseburger. 

LittleTay said, “I have a friend who lived in Japan and China for a total of 6 years. The thing she missed most about American food was cheeseburgers.”

#19. Mac & Cheese

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Mmm…you can’t go wrong with mac and cheese. This dish can be made in a variety of ways to tickle the tastebuds of just about anyone. 

Mona_Moans responded, “Mac & Cheese made from scratch with at least three different cheeses plus a crispy breadcrumb crust on top is one of my favorite American dishes.”

#20. New York Pizza

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A slice of New York pizza is a must-have when visiting the East Coat; plenty of people have fallen in love with it over the years. 

One user said, “Call me basic, but I could f****** die for New York style pizza.”

#21. Pizza Rolls

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Most Americans have this in their freezers, especially if they have school-aged children. 

Rxthless_ wrote, “Holy crap what I really appreciate are PIZZA ROLLS. God bless the Americans for pizza rolls.”

#22. Cajun Food

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Add a little spice to your life! No dish in particular, visitors just seemed to love it ALL!

One person said, “Cajun food is definitely the most unique American food.”

#23. Peanut Butter M&Ms

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Although M&Ms can be found worldwide, people really seemed to appreciate them enough to get them on this list of the most delicious American foods!

One person sent a pack to some friends overseas and the response from their friends was “ a picture of him and his wife and son with all the wrappers ripped open and chocolate on their faces. “

#24. Grilled Cheese Sandwich

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Lucuma21 said it best – “Chefs kiss. I don’t get it. But I couldn’t get enough of it. Still can’t some 30 years later. It’s simple, greasy, buttery, just perfection.”

#25. Meatloaf

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We weren’t expecting this one to make the list, but it seems to be a crowd-pleaser around the globe. 

Someone said, “Have you ever had a cold leftover meatloaf sandwich? That’s my favorite part of it, the next 2-3 days I pack one for lunch.”

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