What is the National Dish of The USA?

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What is the National Dish of The USA?

If you had to classify one dish as the National Dish of the USA, what would it be?
Some say it's impossible to name one dish as the National Dish.
We could probably come up with a Top 10 List, but is there one that stands Head & Shoulders above the rest?
Apple Pie?
Hot Dogs?
Hamburgers?
Thanksgiving Turkey?
Meatloaf?
Sushi?------SUSHI??????????????
What's your National Dish Candidate?
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    Re:What is the National Dish of The USA? 2012/05/26 07:33:56 (permalink)
    For sheer volume, I would guess there are more hamburgers/cheeseburgers eaten each day in the US than any other single food, with chicken in all its forms probably in second place.
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    Re:What is the National Dish of The USA? 2012/05/26 10:24:03 (permalink)
    Pizza
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    Re:What is the National Dish of The USA? 2012/05/26 11:19:30 (permalink)
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    Re:What is the National Dish of The USA? 2012/05/26 11:27:50 (permalink)
    Apizza!
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    Re:What is the National Dish of The USA? 2012/05/26 11:52:15 (permalink)
    Hands down, it would be the hamburger. It's ubiquitous and most folks eat them regularly. They run the gamut from being cuisine to being fast food. Shoot, just read the regular reports here on RF. Don't think there can be any doubt.
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    Re:What is the National Dish of The USA? 2012/05/26 13:59:14 (permalink)
    Turkey or grilled cheese
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    Re:What is the National Dish of The USA? 2012/05/26 22:24:43 (permalink)
    Deep-fried bald eagle on a stick.
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    Re:What is the National Dish of The USA? 2012/05/27 00:08:14 (permalink)
    I'd like to add fried chicken to my plate.
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    Re:What is the National Dish of The USA? 2012/05/27 03:13:16 (permalink)
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    Deep-fried bald eagle on a stick.

    Now THAT will get you a visit from the FBI!
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    Re:What is the National Dish of The USA? 2012/05/27 06:53:14 (permalink)
    BBQ   ... maybe Fish Fry
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    Re:What is the National Dish of The USA? 2012/05/27 20:44:06 (permalink)
    One way to go about this is to think of foods you can get fairly easily in other countries. and eliminate it. This includes turkey, meatloaf, fried chicken, grilled cheese, hot dogs, pizza and sushi!
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    Re:What is the National Dish of The USA? 2012/05/27 22:12:45 (permalink)
    Peanut Butter??????
    Breakfast Flake Cereal?????
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    Re:What is the National Dish of The USA? 2012/05/27 22:18:01 (permalink)
    Please no Peanut Butter or Buffalo Wings...or I am off to Canada for Poutine.
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    Re:What is the National Dish of The USA? 2012/05/28 09:37:23 (permalink)
    The All American Hamburger........no one does it better...........ask anyone thats been away from the United States for a period of time. What's the first thing your going to eat when you get back home, the answer will be a Burger at a local burger joint...................pnwc
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    Re:What is the National Dish of The USA? 2012/05/28 09:57:06 (permalink)
    The Big Mac ???
     
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    Re:What is the National Dish of The USA? 2012/05/28 10:08:30 (permalink)
    You asked national dish, not national food.
     
    I think unquestionably the national dish is a porterhouse steak, with baked potato and spinach casserole.
     
    You can substitute a rib eye or a strip steak, no big deal. That is a minor quibble. MAYBE a slab of prime rib, I'd consider that.
     
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    Re:What is the National Dish of The USA? 2012/05/28 10:39:24 (permalink)
    Is Ronald McDonald really what we want standing next to the Bald Eagle?  The hamburger is everywhere, but so are mac & cheese, hot dogs, tacos, pizza, fried chicken and noodle casserole. 
     
    There is no national dish.  Different regions of the U.S. have there special foods, but none of them cross all boundaries to become a unanimous choice.
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    Re:What is the National Dish of The USA? 2012/05/28 11:12:35 (permalink)
    I don't think what we might want has anything to do with it.  If that were the case, filet mignon might very well be considered.  The national dish should be something ubiquitous everywhere in the country in one form or another, which makes the hamburger qualify, with chicken coming along in second place.
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    Re:What is the National Dish of The USA? 2012/05/28 18:57:57 (permalink)
    The hamburger plain and simple. No one else does it other than to emulate the United States. It is ubiquitous in almost every restaurant from top end to the local bar dive and usually gets top billing and generally a different listing on the menu from the other sandwiches. Fast food lives by the hamburger and reputations have been built - White Castle, McDonalds, Burger King, 5 Guys, In and Out, Culver's...you name it.

    Chicken? I trust it in the Midwest and South fried but it is a specialty not generally available everywhere. Besides, other countries might do chicken better and in more ways other than fried in restaurants. Go to Bolivia, one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere, for an eye opener on that.

    Pizza? We do a damn good job with a rich variety but it is a specialty.

    The hot dog? American, but again limited.

    The deep-fried breaded pork tenderloin sandwich? God's gift to mankind and cardiologist but only appreciated in the Midwest.

    In general, the sandwich, despite the Earl's name on it is pretty much an American institution.
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    Re:What is the National Dish of The USA? 2012/05/28 19:25:28 (permalink)
    Yikes! After the pink slime debacle...the hamburger.
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    Re:What is the National Dish of The USA? 2012/05/29 00:37:55 (permalink)
     
    Hot dogs/weiners/frankfurters are German in origin.
     
    Hamburger is also German.  Yes, the "hamburger sandwich"  (the hamburger served on bread) is American, but at its core.... the ground beef .... is originally a German concept. 
     
    Pizza is originally from Naples, Italy.
     
    How about potato chips?  Not a "dish" per se, but a national food.   Maybe it would be the national snack.  It is a 100% American creation from Saratoga Springs, NY.   Potato chips are everywhere in the USA, eaten by almost every American, and not super common in other countries. 
     
     
    Glenn
     
     
    post edited by Glenn1234 - 2012/05/29 00:39:24
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    Re:What is the National Dish of The USA? 2012/05/29 11:51:02 (permalink)
    Foodbme

    Peanut Butter??????
    Breakfast Flake Cereal?????


    CCinNJ

    Please no Peanut Butter or Buffalo Wings...or I am off to Canada for Poutine.

     
    Yay for Canada..Poutine.
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    Re:What is the National Dish of The USA? 2012/05/29 11:52:21 (permalink)
    Glenn1234

     
    Hot dogs/weiners/frankfurters are German in origin.

    Hamburger is also German.  Yes, the "hamburger sandwich"  (the hamburger served on bread) is American, but at its core.... the ground beef .... is originally a German concept. 

    Pizza is originally from Naples, Italy.

    How about potato chips?  Not a "dish" per se, but a national food.   Maybe it would be the national snack.  It is a 100% American creation from Saratoga Springs, NY.   Potato chips are everywhere in the USA, eaten by almost every American, and not super common in other countries. 


    Glenn



    i think you are quite right.. i would vote for potato chips to be one of the most American dishes..were invented in the USA as you said.
     
     
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    Re:What is the National Dish of The USA? 2012/05/29 11:58:04 (permalink)
    Stop the train...I would vote for potato chips!!

    Chips & dip!! Hmmm...French Onion is out.
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    Re:What is the National Dish of The USA? 2012/05/29 12:21:36 (permalink)
    Glenn1234

     
    Hot dogs/weiners/frankfurters are German in origin.

    Hamburger is also German.  Yes, the "hamburger sandwich"  (the hamburger served on bread) is American, but at its core.... the ground beef .... is originally a German concept. 

    Pizza is originally from Naples, Italy.

    How about potato chips?  Not a "dish" per se, but a national food.   Maybe it would be the national snack.  It is a 100% American creation from Saratoga Springs, NY.   Potato chips are everywhere in the USA, eaten by almost every American, and not super common in other countries. 


    Glenn




    Points well taken. 
    So, it looks like Eastern Carolina whole hog barbecue is IT!
     
    (And I couldn't agree more.  Thank me very much.  Pass the spicy vinegar sauce, please.).
    post edited by MetroplexJim - 2012/05/29 12:24:43
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    Re:What is the National Dish of The USA? 2012/05/30 03:58:46 (permalink)
    Glenn1234,
    You make a valid case for Potato Chips.
    Hot Dogs as we know them today, A tubed sausage in a bun, actually originated at Coney Island in 1870. Around 1870, on Coney Island, German immigrant Charles Feltman began selling sausages in rolls. This was before the guy in St. Louis sold them at the worlds fair.
    So the Hot Dog did actually originate in the USA.
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    Re:What is the National Dish of The USA? 2012/05/30 04:10:38 (permalink)
    MetroplexJim
      
    So, it looks like Eastern Carolina whole hog barbecue is IT!

    Au Contraire my fine fellow!
    Cooking whole hogs has its roots in Europe as well as the Caribbean. And if followed back far enough, the Cavemen!
    Smoked meat has been around as long as Humans!
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    Re:What is the National Dish of The USA? 2012/05/30 04:57:56 (permalink)
    I can't vote because my roots are in Europe.
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    Re:What is the National Dish of The USA? 2012/05/31 14:42:31 (permalink)
    I'm going with roast turkey. An American bird which is not all that well-liked outside the USA.
     
    Not unlike some political figures.
     
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