American food can be difficult to define, largely because our culinary landscape benefits from so many ethnic influences and regional variations. Instead of trying to find the most iconic food in America, 10Best is looking for the best iconic dishes state by state.
We’ve covered the Southwest, Northwest and Northeast, and are continuing with the American South. 10Best editors chose an iconic dish from each state, then asked a panel of local food experts to nominate their favorite restaurants serving the dish. For the past four weeks, 10Best readers have been voting for their favorites, and the results are in.
Best Fried Green Tomatoes in Alabama: LuLu’s in Gulf Shores
The fried green tomatoes are a guest favorite at LuLu’s in Gulf Shores, where the crispy fried discs come with a side of LuLu’s Wow Sauce for dipping.
Best Salmon in Alaska: The Cookery in Seward
Alaskan sockeye salmon is a star on The Cookery’s menu. Get it with braised Alaskan kale, potatoes and a mustard BBQ sauce, or with Alaskan zucchini, kale ragout and beet coulis. Lighter appetites can try it on a local greens and wheatberry salad with pickled rhubarb and peach BBQ sauce.
Best Fried Catfish in Arkansas: Dondie’s White River Princess in Des Arc
All catfish at Dondie’s White River Princess in Des Arc is farm raised and sourced in the U.S. Get it fried with hushpuppies, fries and coleslaw or grilled with fries and all the fixings.