People Shared The Meals They Believe Best Represents Their State And It's Time To Debate If They're Right

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A while ago, Reddit user emilou99 asked people what meal they thought accurately represented their entire state. Her goal was to cook each food from each state (she even documented it here!). Here are the foods that locals believe best represent their state as a whole:

1.Alabama: Smoked chicken with white sauce

Smoked chicken wings with Alabama white sauce

u/aguadulce_103

Runner-up: "BBQ pulled pork sandwiches." —u/cm1358CM

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2.Alaska: Basically, anything made from wild salmon

A plate of cooked salmon with a side salad

"You can make salmon chowder, smoked salmon, salmon dip, salmon cakes (like fish cakes), etc."

u/esk_209

Runner-ups: "Halibut chowder. Rhubarb is another essential dessert additive." —u/olive_blondie

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3.Arizona: Carne asada tacos

Two carne asada tacos

"Prickly pear jam or jelly is also pretty unique for Arizona."

u/Diveit81

Runner-ups: "Navajo tacos or Sopaipillas." —u/Layfon_Alseif

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4.Arkansas: Chocolate gravy and biscuits

5.California: Street tacos

<div><p>"I would say street tacos or Mission-style burritos." </p><p>—<a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/justicecactus/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:u/justicecactus" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">u/justicecactus</a></p><p><b>Runner-ups:</b> "Definitely burritos and French dip sandwiches if you're in Los Angeles or San Diego."</p><p>—<a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/tlh9979/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:u/tlh9979" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">u/tlh9979</a></p></div><span> Getty Images</span>

"I would say street tacos or Mission-style burritos."

u/justicecactus

Runner-ups: "Definitely burritos and French dip sandwiches if you're in Los Angeles or San Diego."

u/tlh9979

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6.Colorado: Lamb chops with roasted red San Luis Valley potatoes

Lamb chops

"Add some Olathe Sweet corn on the cob and Rocky Ford cantaloupes for dessert. I also love green chile, but that's New Mexico's dish."

u/PMmedemitays

Runner-up: "The Fort has delicious Rocky Mountain oysters."

u/yodabeanz

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7.Connecticut: New Haven–style pizza

close-up of clam pizza on tray

u/Finn1743

Runner-up: "Connecticut-style lobster rolls." —u/pieandtacos

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8.Delaware: Scrapple, egg, and cheese breakfast sandwich on a toasted pretzel bun

9.Florida: Publix subs

&#x002014;kaysixwhyRunner-up:

kaysixwhy

Runner-up: "Cuban sandwiches." —u/doubleo6

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10.Georgia: Shrimp and grits

<div><p>"Or Brunswick stew with either pecan pie or peach cobbler for dessert." </p><p>—<a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/whisperscream/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:u/whispercream" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">u/whispercream</a></p><p><b>Runner-ups:</b> "Biscuits and gravy or pecan pie." —<a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/ilovemymom4118/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:u/ilovemymom4118" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">u/ilovemymom4118</a></p></div><span> Getty Images</span>

"Or Brunswick stew with either pecan pie or peach cobbler for dessert."

u/whispercream

Runner-ups: "Biscuits and gravy or pecan pie." —u/ilovemymom4118

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11.Hawaii: Pan-fried slices of Spam, two scoops of white rice, and scrambled eggs

12.Idaho: Finger steaks with fry sauce

&#x002014;u/Seventh7SunRunner-up:

u/Seventh7Sun

Runner-up: "If you're going to eat like Idaho, you need to make elk steak with huckleberry compote, sauteéd morel mushrooms, and roasted potatoes."

u/RubyShyne

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13.Illinois: Deep dish pizza

<div><p>"The right way!" </p><p>—<a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/SaturatedIncense/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:u/SaturatedIncense" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">u/SaturatedIncense</a></p><p><b>Runner-up:</b> "An Italian beef/sausage combo sandwich dipped with hot giardiniera, mozzarella, sautéed sweet peppers, and some thin slices of fresh basil on the top." —<a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/Chrispychilla/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:u/Chrispychilla" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">u/Chrispychilla</a></p></div><span> Getty Images</span>

"The right way!"

u/SaturatedIncense

Runner-up: "An Italian beef/sausage combo sandwich dipped with hot giardiniera, mozzarella, sautéed sweet peppers, and some thin slices of fresh basil on the top." —u/Chrispychilla

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14.Indiana: Hoosier breaded pork tenderloin sandwich

15.Iowa: Pork tenderloin

Oversize pork tenderloin sandwich

"A huge fried pork tenderloin on a regular bun with scotcheroos for dessert."

u/Bake-tastic

Runner-ups: "I'd suggest a Maid-Rite (properly seasoned), taco pizza, or Quad City–style pizza. Sweet corn on the cob, of course, and a Busch latte." —u/Diet-CokeWhore

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16.Kansas: Chicken fried steak and mashed potatoes covered in white gravy

&#x002014;u/shs00007Runner-up:

u/shs00007

Runner-up: "Bierock with spicy mustard."—u/notclevergirl

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17.Kentucky: Hot brown

18.Louisiana: Gumbo

<div><p>"Or jambalaya." </p><p>—<a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/liontrap/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:u/liontrap" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">u/liontrap</a></p><p><b>Runner-up:</b> "My personal favorite is boiled crawfish." —<a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/Tweeks_coffee/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:u/Tweeks_coffee" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">u/Tweeks_coffee</a></p></div><span> Getty Images</span>

"Or jambalaya."

u/liontrap

Runner-up: "My personal favorite is boiled crawfish." —u/Tweeks_coffee

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19.Maine: Lobster boil

<div><p>"A lobster boil is the way to go for savory!" </p><p>—<a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/Kreos642/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:u/Kreos642" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">u/Kreos642</a></p><p><b>Runner-up:</b> "Whoopie pies." —<a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/lumphinans/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:u/lumphians" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">u/lumphians</a></p></div><span> Getty Images</span>

"A lobster boil is the way to go for savory!"

u/Kreos642

Runner-up: "Whoopie pies." —u/lumphians

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20.Maryland: Crab feast with Old Bay seasoning

21.Massachusetts: Clam chowder

<div><p>"I would really say that clam chowder is more of a Massachusetts thing. Or steamed clams." </p><p>—<a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/antilogy/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:u/antilogy" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">u/antilogy</a><b>Runner-up:</b> "Clam boil with clams, corn on the cob, potatoes, onions, and chorizo."—<a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/PhotographyIsMyLife/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:u/PhotographyIsMyLife" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">u/PhotographyIsMyLife</a></p></div><span> Getty Images</span>

"I would really say that clam chowder is more of a Massachusetts thing. Or steamed clams."

u/antilogyRunner-up: "Clam boil with clams, corn on the cob, potatoes, onions, and chorizo."—u/PhotographyIsMyLife

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22.Michigan: Coney dogs

<div><p>"Northern MI/U.P. = Pasties, Metro Detroit area = Coney dogs, and Detroit = Detriot-style pizza."</p><p>—<a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/topshelfreach/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:u/topshelfreach" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">u/topshelfreach</a></p><p><b>Runner-ups:</b> "Pasties or smoked fish would be Michigan's meal." —<a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/telefunkenU-47/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:u/telefunkenU-47" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">u/telefunkenU-47</a></p></div><span> Getty Images</span>

"Northern MI/U.P. = Pasties, Metro Detroit area = Coney dogs, and Detroit = Detriot-style pizza."

u/topshelfreach

Runner-ups: "Pasties or smoked fish would be Michigan's meal." —u/telefunkenU-47

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23.Minnesota: Jucy Lucy (a cheeseburger with cheese inside the meat instead of on top of it)

<div><p>"Jucy Lucy in my opinion. Or a walleye sandwich." —<a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/kippismn/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:u/Kippismn" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">u/Kippismn </a></p><p><b>Runner-up:</b> "Tator tot hotdish." —<a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/Wally_Tee/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:u/Wally_Tee" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">u/Wally_Tee</a></p></div><span> The Washington Post / Getty Images</span>

"Jucy Lucy in my opinion. Or a walleye sandwich." —u/Kippismn

Runner-up: "Tator tot hotdish." —u/Wally_Tee

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24.Mississippi: Fried catfish with fries, hush puppies, collard greens, and black-eyed peas

25.Missouri: BBQ burnt ends

<div><p>"These are a Kansas City, Missouri, classic! Also, everyone loves something called pork steaks and cashew chicken from Springfield." </p><p>—<a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/1ckyThump/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:u/1ckyThump" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">u/1ckyThump</a></p><p><b>Runner-up:</b> "Toasted ravioli from St. Louis." —<a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/Gorkymalorki/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:u/Gorkymalorki" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">u/Gorkymalorki</a></p></div><span> Getty Images</span>

"These are a Kansas City, Missouri, classic! Also, everyone loves something called pork steaks and cashew chicken from Springfield."

u/1ckyThump

Runner-up: "Toasted ravioli from St. Louis." —u/Gorkymalorki

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26.Montana: Bison burgers

27.Nebraska: Runza

28.Nevada: Shrimp cocktail and prime rib

&#x002014;u/martinis00Runner-up:

u/martinis00

Runner-up: "Nevada's meal is definitely Basque. Garlic soup, salad, french fries, sweetbreads, oxtails, and lamb chops, served with picon punch and even more picon punch for dessert."

u/HolgerDanks

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29.New Hampshire: Blueberry pancakes with fresh maple syrup

<div><p>"Then some poutine, which we've stolen from our friends up north." </p><p>—<a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/NHToStay/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:u/NHToStay" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">u/NHToStay</a></p><p><b>Runner-ups:</b> "I would say lobster tails or other seafood." —<a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/unseenwaters/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:u/unseenwaters" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">u/unseenwaters</a></p></div><span> Getty Images</span>

"Then some poutine, which we've stolen from our friends up north."

u/NHToStay

Runner-ups: "I would say lobster tails or other seafood." —u/unseenwaters

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30.New Jersey: Taylor ham, egg, and cheese on a bagel with salt, pepper, and ketchup

<div><p>"Depending on where you live, you might find Taylor ham as a pork roll in your stores, if at all." </p><p>—<a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/phoenixthoughts/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:u/phoenixthoughts" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">u/phoenixthoughts</a></p><p><b>Runner-up:</b> "A big plate of disco fries; which are cheese and brown gravy on top of french fries." —<a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/peachplastic/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:u/peachplastic" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">u/peachplastic</a></p></div><span> Getty Images</span>

"Depending on where you live, you might find Taylor ham as a pork roll in your stores, if at all."

u/phoenixthoughts

Runner-up: "A big plate of disco fries; which are cheese and brown gravy on top of french fries." —u/peachplastic

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31.New Mexico: Green chile enchiladas

<div><p>"Also, carne adovada or stuffed sopaipilla smothered in red chile." </p><p>—<a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/raceclay/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:u/raceclay" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">u/raceclay</a></p><p><b>Runner-up:</b> "A green chile cheeseburger." —<a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/mewbusi/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:u/mewbusi" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">u/mewbusi</a></p></div><span> Getty Images</span>

"Also, carne adovada or stuffed sopaipilla smothered in red chile."

u/raceclay

Runner-up: "A green chile cheeseburger." —u/mewbusi

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32.New York: NY-style pizza

<div><p>"Or NY-style cheesecake."</p><p>—<a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/gamersasha/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:u/gamersasha" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">u/gamersasha</a></p><p><b>Runner-up:</b> "A bacon, egg, and cheese on a roll is something every single person here has eaten at least once." —<a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/Evileye2k17/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:u/Evileye2k17" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">u/Evileye2k17</a></p></div><span> Theo Wargo / Getty Images</span>

"Or NY-style cheesecake."

u/gamersasha

Runner-up: "A bacon, egg, and cheese on a roll is something every single person here has eaten at least once." —u/Evileye2k17

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33.North Carolina: Pulled pork sandwich with a vinegar-based sauce

<div><p>"Be sure to have some hush puppies and coleslaw on the side!" </p><p>—<a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/coolerthanicebby/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:u/coolerthanicebby" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">u/coolerthanicebby</a></p><p><b>Runner-up:</b> "Tomato sandwich with Duke's mayonnaise and lots of salt and pepper." —<a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/kittybanditti/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:u/kittybanditti" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">u/kittybanditti</a></p></div><span> Getty Images</span>

"Be sure to have some hush puppies and coleslaw on the side!"

u/coolerthanicebby

Runner-up: "Tomato sandwich with Duke's mayonnaise and lots of salt and pepper." —u/kittybanditti

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34.North Dakota: Knoephla soup

35.Ohio: Kielbasa and sauerkraut

<div><p>"To me, Ohio food means kielbasa and sauerkraut and pierogies." </p><p>—<a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/StacyChadBecky/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:u/StacyChadBecky" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">u/StacyChadBecky</a><b>Runner-up</b>: "Ohio has to be some Cincinnati-style chili. Placed atop a hot dog or spaghetti and topped with cheese!" —<a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/NotABadBelayer/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:u/NotABadBelayer" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">u/NotABadBelayer</a></p></div><span> Getty Images</span>

"To me, Ohio food means kielbasa and sauerkraut and pierogies."

u/StacyChadBeckyRunner-up: "Ohio has to be some Cincinnati-style chili. Placed atop a hot dog or spaghetti and topped with cheese!" —u/NotABadBelayer

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36.Oklahoma: Fried catfish

<div><p>"Fry up some catfish and feel like you're in the great state of Oklahoma." </p><p>—<a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/sorta_saiyan/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:u/sorta_saiyan" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">u/sorta_saiyan</a></p><p><b>Runner-up:</b> "Probably a good chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes, green beans, and sweet tea." —<a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/zombie_overlord/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:u/zombie_overlord" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">u/zombie_overlord </a></p></div><span> Getty Images</span>

"Fry up some catfish and feel like you're in the great state of Oklahoma."

u/sorta_saiyan

Runner-up: "Probably a good chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes, green beans, and sweet tea." —u/zombie_overlord

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37.Oregon: Marionberries

<div><p>"Anything with marionberries!" </p><p>—<a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/-Amico-/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:u/-Amico-" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">u/-Amico-</a></p><p><b>Runner-up:</b> "I'd say cedar-plank grilled salmon with a marionberry or huckleberry glaze." —<a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/NotASlaveToHelvetica/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:u/NotASlaveToHelvetica" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">u/NotASlaveToHelvetica </a></p></div><span> Getty Images</span>

"Anything with marionberries!"

u/-Amico-

Runner-up: "I'd say cedar-plank grilled salmon with a marionberry or huckleberry glaze." —u/NotASlaveToHelvetica

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38.Pennsylvania: PA Dutch food

<div><p>"How about some PA Dutch?! Chicken pot pie, chicken corn soup, shoofly pie, scrapple, and pork and sauerkraut." </p><p>—<a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/eliwil/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:u/eliwil" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">u/eliwil</a></p><p><b>Runner-ups:</b> "Dutch apple pie. The state is really split down the middle; the West might be pierogi while the East would be Philly cheesesteak. No wrong answers!" —<a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/angerpants/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:u/angerpants" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">u/angerpants </a></p></div><span> Getty Images</span>

"How about some PA Dutch?! Chicken pot pie, chicken corn soup, shoofly pie, scrapple, and pork and sauerkraut."

u/eliwil

Runner-ups: "Dutch apple pie. The state is really split down the middle; the West might be pierogi while the East would be Philly cheesesteak. No wrong answers!" —u/angerpants

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39.Rhode Island: Clam cakes

40.South Carolina: She-crab soup

41.South Dakota: Chislic

"South Dakota is definitely chislic."

u/sophietal

Runner-up: "A really good Buffalo burger from Al's Oasis." —u/armlessfarmboy

42.Tennessee: Nashville hot chicken

<div><p>"Or Memphis-style BBQ." </p><p>—<a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/virgvirgvirg/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:u/virgvirgvirg" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">u/virgvirgvirg</a></p><p><b>Runner-up:</b> "Catfish! I've never been to a Southern-style restaurant here in Tennessee that didn't serve catfish somewhere on the menu. Heck, where I'm from, they pride themselves on catfish." —<a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/Dokidokipunch/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:u/Dokidokipunch" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">u/Dokidokipunch</a></p></div><span> Getty Images</span>

"Or Memphis-style BBQ."

u/virgvirgvirg

Runner-up: "Catfish! I've never been to a Southern-style restaurant here in Tennessee that didn't serve catfish somewhere on the menu. Heck, where I'm from, they pride themselves on catfish." —u/Dokidokipunch

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43.Texas: Smoked brisket with white bread, white onions, and pickled jalapeños

<div><p>"And spicy BBQ sauce for the love of God." </p><p>—<a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/_scentipede/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:u/_scentipede" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">u/_scentipede </a></p><p><b>Runner-up: </b>"I agree 100%, but Tex-Mex gotta be a close second." —<a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/FwampFwamp88/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:u/FwampFwamp88" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">u/FwampFwamp88 </a></p></div><span> Getty Images</span>

"And spicy BBQ sauce for the love of God."

u/_scentipede

Runner-up: "I agree 100%, but Tex-Mex gotta be a close second." —u/FwampFwamp88

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44.Utah: Funeral potatoes

Homemade Funeral Potatoes Casserole with Cheese and Chives

"Funeral potatoes are cooked by many people here. You could also just make anything with fry sauce."

u/Nickolaix

Runner-up: "Beef stroganoff is a good choice, but any old-school casserole works." —u/artstechnophile

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45.Vermont: Apple grilled cheese

46.Virginia: Virginia country ham with red-eye gravy

<div><p>"If you're doing Virginia country ham, then you have to have red-eye gravy with it." </p><p>—<a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/CatMasterSquee/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:u/CatMasterSquee" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">u/CatMasterSquee</a></p><p><b>Runner-up:</b> "If I were picking a Virginian dish, I'd probably go with Brunswick stew. Especially because I believe it originated in Virginia." —<a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/jackdoug90/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:u/jackdoug90" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">u/jackdoug90</a></p></div><span> Chicago Tribune / Tribune News Service via Getty Images</span>

"If you're doing Virginia country ham, then you have to have red-eye gravy with it."

u/CatMasterSquee

Runner-up: "If I were picking a Virginian dish, I'd probably go with Brunswick stew. Especially because I believe it originated in Virginia." —u/jackdoug90

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47.Washington: Salmon with dill and butter, asparagus, and Yukon Gold potatoes on the side

<div><p>"Huckleberry ice cream and/or apple pie for dessert." </p><p>—<a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/moxyc/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:u/moxyc" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">u/moxyc</a></p><p><b>Runner-up:</b> "Oysters. Some of the best oysters come from Washington." —<a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/twoferjuan" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:u/twoforjuan" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">u/twoforjuan</a></p></div><span> Getty Images</span>

"Huckleberry ice cream and/or apple pie for dessert."

u/moxyc

Runner-up: "Oysters. Some of the best oysters come from Washington." —u/twoforjuan

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48.West Virginia: Pepperoni rolls

49.Wisconsin: Beer brats topped with fried onions and sauerkraut and grilled sweet corn

50.Wyoming: Rocky Mountain oysters

Are there any foods you think better represent your state than the ones listed? Feel free to drop it in the comments below!