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Non-Americans Are Sharing Their Favorite American Foods, Here They Are Along With Some Recipes

“I had a friend from France here for nearly six months, took him around the Mid-Atlantic and NYC… and all he wanted to do was keep going back to Arby’s for the Beef ‘n Cheddar.”

Recently, Redditor u/remyleboi00 asked a controversial food question: “Non-Americans, what is the best ‘American’ food?”

Non-Americans chimed in with some seriously tasty suggestions of the best “American” foods they’ve ever had, and honestly, reading it all made me hungry. So I dug up some recipes for each dish in case you want to cook them up for yourself!

1. Lobster Rolls

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“OMG these would be soooo popular back home. They are the perfect seafood sandwich!”

—u/W8sB4D8s

2. Smoked Brisket

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“Wow! I tried this in some small Texas town and that place deserves a Michelin star!”

—u/W8sB4D8s

3. Key Lime Pie

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“I think I ate a whole one by myself when I was in Miami.”

—u/W8sB4D8s

4. Reuben Sandwich

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Suggested by: u/pineappledan

“And it is somehow so much more than the sum of its parts. On paper, it sounds disgusting. ‘Corned beef, thousand island dressing, and SAUERKRAUT?!’

But holy hell, the Reuben is a member of the sandwich royalty.”

—u/ThirdFloorNorth

5. Pecan Pie

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6. Cheesy Jalapeño Bread

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“I worked in California for a while and this bakery near me used to have this spicy bread that was packed with cheese and jalapeños. It was greasy as fuck but holy shit it was good.”

—u/ButtholeQuiver

7. Tex-Mex

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“Given the level of Mexican food in Europe generally, Tex-Mex is insane compared to what we get over here.”

—u/Angrylettuce

8. Chicken Parmesan

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“American here, but recently spoke with an Italian exchange student and asked him what he would miss most about the States. Dead ass, he said ‘chicken parm.’ That’s not an Italian thing. He said the first time he had it, he called his friend back home to tell them about [it], and she hung up on him.”

—u/Spiridor

9. Chicken-Fried Steak

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Suggested by u/MagnifyingLens

“Gotta appreciate it when a Scot compliments another country’s deep frying.”

—u/Kongo204

10. Philly Cheesesteaks

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Suggested by u/Cannabis_Sir

“Greasy bready cheesey are the three most important parts of the American food pyramid.”

—u/xavier120

11. Cheesy Potatoes aka Funeral Potatoes aka Twice-Baked Potatoes

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12. Cornbread

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“Oddly enough, no one seems to have mentioned it… but cornbread. Yeah, as a guy who moved here, Americans have got cornbread down to a T. Combined with some soul food? Makes me smile on the inside.”

—u/Thatmixedotaku

13. Arby’s Beef & Cheddar Sandwich

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“I had a friend from France here for nearly six months, took him around the Mid-Atlantic and NYC… and all he wanted to do was keep going back to Arby’s for the Beef ‘n Cheddar.”

—u/bwave1

14. Biscuits & Gravy

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“Nothing even comes close. A good buttermilk biscuit with a proper sausage gravy is heaven on earth. Because by the end, your heart stops beating anyway.”

—u/Screye

15. Gumbo

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“I’m talking cooked by somebody raised south of I-10.”

—u/Bigstar976

16. Grilled Cheese

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“I showed my cousins who live overseas grilled cheese for the first time and they absolutely loved it.”

—u/Sprizys

17. Coconut Cream Pie

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18. Buffalo Wings

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“Are Buffalo wings American? Because that’s modern-day Ambrosia.”

—u/CronkleDonker

19. Chocolate Chip Cookies

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“In Vietnam, chocolate chip cookies are called American cookies.”

—u/JDBerezansky

20. Pancakes

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“I may be a simpleton, but an average diner with bottomless filter coffee, pancakes, bacon, and syrup was my favourite part of the day.”

—u/BasedEvidence

21. Banana Pudding

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22. Fried Pickles

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“I love [the] fried pickles I ate in North Carolina… now I make them at home and spread it a lot! I know at least 10 of my friends make them now.”

—u/Dedadrda

23. Mac & Cheese

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“I hate to sound like an ignorant foreigner but a made from scratch mac & cheese with at least three different cheeses plus a crispy breadcrumb crust on top is one of my favorite American dishes.”

—u/Mona_Moans

Is there a food that you think Americans do better than anyone else? Let us know in the comments!

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