Friday, July 21, 2006

10 (or 20) Great American foods

I just read an MSNBC.com article listing 10 great American foods. The list is:

  1. Lobster roll

  2. Maple Syrup

  3. Philly cheesesteak

  4. Gumbo

  5. Shrimp and grits

  6. Frito pie

  7. Wisconsin brats

  8. Hawaiian plate lunch

  9. Banana split

  10. Mission burrito (from the Mission District of San Francisco)

Compare this to their list from last year (along with the state of origin):
  1. New England clam chowder (uh, I mean chowda) - Massachusetts

  2. Pastrami - New York

  3. Shoofly pie - Pennsylvania

  4. Smithfield ham - Virginia

  5. Po-boys - Louisiana

  6. Fajitas - Texas

  7. Chicago hot dogs - Illinois

  8. Chile verde - New Mexico

  9. San Francisco sourdough - California

  10. Olympia oysters - Washington

Personally, I think that the list from 2005 is a more quintessential list than the one from this year, though admittedly, I hadn't heard of a shoofly pie before I read the article...