Thursday, September 18, 2008

100 must-eat American foods

I'm sure you've seen numerous posts of the Omnivore's 100 started by Very Good Taste. But did you see Slashfood's 100 must-eat American foods? I have a feeling that lists of 100 food items may be the new Tastespotting / Food Gawker / Recipe Muncher / Photograzing. there a Vegetarian's 100 yet? Celiac's 100? 100 must-eat Australian foods? Just wait, there probably will be.

Update 9/3/08: I ran across Helen's The British One Hundred today...I think I like this game, I now have 300 instead of just 100 items to try :-)

Update 9/4/08: Check out Tigers & Strawberries The Vegetarian Hundred.

Update 9/6/08: And now there's The Traveling Omnivore's 20...

Update 9/11/08: And 2 more, I knew this would take off...100 Chinese Foods to Try Before You Die from Appetite for China and 100 Japanese foods to try from Just Hungry.

Update 9/12/08: Oh, screw it. There's more. Go to The House of Annie's post for the links.

Update 9/18/08: I thought I was done updating, but Wandering Chopsticks just published her list of 100 Vietnamese Foods to Try. I think I've eaten maybe 5 of the 100...time to get eating.

Since I'm an American, here's my 100 must-eat American foods list:
  1. New York pizza
  2. Hoppin' John
  3. New Mexico green chile
  4. Homemade buttermilk biscuits
  5. Tasso (I wish!)
  6. Whoe Maine lobster (Ditto, I wish.)
  7. Calabash-style shrimp and hushpuppies (will someone tell me what Calabash style is?)
  8. Kansas City barbecue ribs
  9. Hot glazed Krispy Kreme
  10. San Diego fish tacos
  11. Cheese curds (but I keep meaning to)
  12. Key lime pie
  13. Philly cheese steak
  14. Memphis pork barbecue sandwich
  15. Lowcountry boil
  16. Huckleberry pie
  17. New England clam chowder
  18. Boiled peanuts (love)
  19. Buffalo burger
  20. Eggs Benedict
  21. Pastrami on rye
  22. Corned beef and cabbage
  23. Pancakes with maple syrup
  24. Everything bagel with cream cheese and tomato (and sprouts)
  25. Thin Mints (preferably frozen)
  26. Frito pie
  27. Potato knish with mustard
  28. Silver Queen corn on the cob (never heard of Silver Queen until today, and I grew up in corn-country)
  29. Soft pretzel from a street cart
  30. Fresh-picked blueberries
  31. Sourwood honey (clover, eucalyptus, alfalfa, tupelo, but not sourwood)
  32. State fair funnel cake (no strawberries or whipped cream, just plain, please)
  33. Chesapeake crab cakes
  34. Candied yams
  35. Oyster dressing
  36. Snow cone or snowball
  37. Wild Alaskan salmon
  38. Sautéed morels
  39. Persimmon pudding
  40. General Tso's Chicken
  41. Frozen custard (Want!)
  42. Italian sausage with peppers and onions on a hoagie bun
  43. Chili dog
  44. Buffalo wings with blue cheese
  45. Spam musubi (made my own, it was surprisingly good)
  46. Saltwater taffy
  47. Fluffernutter sandwich on Wonder Bread
  48. Black and white cookie (maybe I'll bake my own soon)
  49. Frybread
  50. BLT with thick-cut applewood bacon
  51. Baked beans
  52. Pumpkin pie
  53. Collards with vinegar and Tabasco
  54. Tex-Mex fajitas with skirt steak and sautéed peppers
  55. Fried green tomatoes
  56. Succotash
  57. Shrimp and grits
  58. Hot water cornbread
  59. Barbecue chicken pizza with red onions
  60. Chicken fried steak
  61. Carnitas burrito
  62. Apple butter
  63. Geoduck (sounds scarily delicious)
  64. Soft-serve ice cream cone dipped in chocolate shell (especially Dairy Queen)
  65. Pecan pie
  66. Catfish supper at a church or fire station
  67. Oysters Rockefeller
  68. Homemade cranberry sauce
  69. Pimiento cheese
  70. MoonPie washed down with R.C. Cola (no, thanks)
  71. Pickled watermelon rind (again, think I'll make my own sometime soon)
  72. Cracker Jacks at the ball game
  73. Smithfield ham
  74. Meatloaf and mashed potato blue plate special at diner
  75. Chicken and waffles (Roscoe's!)
  76. Po'Boy (I crave oyster po'boys even tho I've never had one)
  77. Green bean casserole with French's fried onions (every year growing up)
  78. Stuffed sopaipillas
  79. Turducken
  80. Shad roe on toast
  81. Sweet potato casserole with or without marshmallows (without, please)
  82. Cioppino
  83. New York cheesecake
  84. Pan-fried river trout
  85. Jambalaya
  86. North Carolina pig pickin' (sounds tasty)
  87. California rolls
  88. Burgoo
  89. Penuche fudge
  90. Fried peanut butter and banana sandwich (the Elvis)
  91. Scrapple or livermush
  92. Elk medallions in red wine reduction
  93. Muscadine grapes
  94. Cheeseburger at backyard barbecue
  95. Open-face turkey sandwich
  96. Chicago deep dish pizza (grew up there, so of course)
  97. Cobb salad
  98. Peach pie a la mode
  99. Macaroni and cheese with Tillamook sharp cheddar
  100. Root beer float


Betts said...

Geez, now I'm hungry. I agree with a lot of your list, but only a few I thought I could go the rest of my life and never taste again. Funnel cake was one of them... never like them. My fair indulgence is cotton candy.

Vicki said...

Hey Betts -
My fair weakness is corndogs :-)
I love all these lists going around, they give me more things to try!

Nate-n-Annie said...

Hi, thanks for the link! If anyone finds any more of these lists, I'd be happy to know.

Vicki said...

Hi Nate & Annie -
If I find any more, I'll pass them on!

Wandering Chopsticks said...

Haha. Yeah, at first I just thought it was interesting. Then I started thinking about it. What foods do I think non-Vietnamese should eat to get a sense of the cuisine? It's not all pho and egg rolls!

Happy belated Birthday!

Vicki said...

Hey WC -
Between your list and the Japanese one, I think I'll end up fat and broke, although with a more well-rounded palate, if I try them all :-)

SuDoughName said...

Omg, your list makes me drool. I really want an open face turkey sandwich now =D.

Your pot stickers are featured on the Yummr's Foodie Porn app. Your homemade English Muffins will be featured later on this week and your Parmesan & Smoked Paprika Biscuits will be featured late on next month because they both sound so darn good!

Vicki said...

Hey SDN - Thanks!