17 Tastiest American Foods According to Foreigners

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By Darryl Henderson

America might be known for some strange fast-food options, but it undeniably also has an immensely diverse range of culinary delights on offer! Frankly, there are too many to list, but here are 17 of the tastiest American foods money can buy, according to other countries!

New York-Style Pizza

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Pizza is one of the most popular foods around the world, but Americans know how to do it just right with their New York-style offering. The thin crust gives the perfect bite without being too chewy, and you can always expect delicious, melted toppings, whether in a restaurant or on the go.

Buffalo Wings

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Buffalo wings are another delicious food foreigners applaud Americans for. They’re not just any chicken wings; they’re smothered in a spicy sauce, which any tourist will fall head over heels for. Invented in 1964, as Time Magazine remembers, these tasty wings are best topped off with a celery stick or even ranch dressing.

Southern Barbecue

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If there’s one thing Americans consistently do right, it’s a barbecue! Ribs, beef, wings, pork, and brisket are always on the menu, so you can expect an exceptional meal when you’re having Southern barbecue topped with spicy or sweet sauces. And the sides of coleslaw and cornbread? Perfection.

Clam Chowder

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Clam Chowder is a quintessential American dish, but it’s also popular with foreigners, too. Who could resist this creamy staple, complete with onions, potatoes, and, of course, clams? This is the ideal meal if you need to warm up on a cold day, something Americans and tourists alike can appreciate.

Philly Cheesesteak

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If you’re going to have a steak dish in the U.S., then the Philly Cheesesteak is the best way to try it, especially if you’re into street food. Thinly sliced beef, melted cheese, and that ever-satisfying hoagie roll make this one of the best; it doesn’t get much better!

Tex-Mex Tacos

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You can never go wrong with tacos no matter what country you’re in, but the U.S. easily offers some of the best-seasoned meats, crispy tortillas, and delicious fillings outside of Mexico. Tex-Mex tacos are particularly delicious, providing a Texan barbeque twist to the classic dish. 

New England Lobster Roll

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Another food that’s one of the tastiest, according to foreigners, is the New England Lobster Roll. This dish offers fresh lobster meat in a mayonnaise or butter mix on a toasted bun, and trust us–it’s better than it sounds! It’s an absolute must-have dish during the summer in the Northeast.


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Despite originating in West Africa, as the BBC points out, Gumbo is widely considered to be the most famous and hearty meal in the South of the U.S. It’s made as a stew and topped off with whichever seafood or meat takes your fancy, and no road trip is complete without it!

Chicken and Waffles

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Some might turn their nose up at a sweet and savory mix, but most foreigners still think America’s chicken and waffles are to die for! Crispy fried chicken is paired with the fluffiest waffle you can find and served with syrup; that might sound weird, but trust us–it’s delicious!

Bagels with Lox and Cream Cheese

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Bagels are a snack staple in America, and they go down a treat with tourists, too. There’s nothing better than a deliciously chewy bagel that’s topped with cream cheese and then layered with thin, cured salmon and garnish. The best thing about this meal? You can eat it for breakfast, lunch or dinner!

California Sushi Rolls

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California sushi rolls are another appealing appetizer that foreigners can’t get enough of, thanks to their delicious crab, avocado, and cucumber offerings. That’s refreshing, to say the least! The California sushi roll can also be called an “inside-out” sushi roll, according to Britannica, and is often garnished with sesame seeds.

Chicago-Style Deep Dish Pizza

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When it comes to pizza, foreigners are very much in either the New York-style or the Chicago deep dish camp. We spoke about New York style earlier, so with the latter, Chicago residents appreciate a thicker, deeper crust with more chunky toppings for a pie-like finish! It’s difficult to choose our favorite, though.

Biscuits and Gravy

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Another offering for the sweet and savory camp that foreigners drool over is the traditional Southern breakfast of biscuits and gravy. With buttery biscuits combined with rich meat gravy, this one gets extra points because you can also combine it with delicious sides like eggs.

Key Lime Pie

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The U.S. is known for its desserts, and one favorite is the Key Lime Pie. This sweet dish is a tart, creamy offering combining sweetened milk with a crispy crust and its staple Key lime juice. It’s so good that Southern Living claims it to be the official state pie of Florida!


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Foreigners often return from the U.S. raving about our humble cornbread. It’s simple in its ingredients, but hugely versatile in the range of delicious meals it can be paired with. With a moist texture and a slightly sweet taste, cornbread is ideal for chilis and other hot dishes.

Reuben Sandwich

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One of the best sandwiches on offer in the U.S. (and there’s a lot of competition) is the Reuben sandwich. Why? It all comes down to its delicious, grilled layers of meat, tangy Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and a Russian dressing to top it all off. Now that is a sandwich!

Pumpkin Pie

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If we haven’t made you hungry yet, perhaps our final offering will: the classic Pumpkin Pie. Foreigners love the flaky crust, spicy pumpkin filling, and the option to top it all off with a spoonful of whipped cream. It may sound strange to non-Americans, but you just can’t go wrong with this on the Thanksgiving table!

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