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    Mar 10, 2018

    Here Are The Must-Try Meals In Each State, According To People Who Live There

    Grab your BFFs and take a foodie road trip.

    We asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us about the absolute best meals in the U.S. — from the must-try spots in their hometowns to the meals they'd travel across the country for, just to eat again. Here are some of their responses...

    Note: Not all submissions are from Community users.

    1. Alabama: Saw's BBQ in Birmingham

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    "I didn't know white sauce was a thing 'til I tried it at Saw's! But it's seriously delicious." — Elizabeth Lilly

    2. Alaska: The Island Pub in Douglas

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    "They have the best salmon dip. The pizza is great too." — katherinebs

    Alaska: Humpy's Great Alaskan Alehouse in Anchorage

    @catwithasee via Instagram / Via

    "Everything is great. The Halibut Fish and Chips is literally the best fried fish I’ve ever eaten." — eabachman3

    Alaska: Moose's Tooth in Anchorage

    @culinarymosaic via Instagram / Via

    "This pizza. Omg. It's so good." — kahlak

    3. Arizona: Honey Bear's Barbecue in Phoenix

    @honeybearsbbq via Instagram / Via

    "The barbecue sandwich will change your life." — Chris Peña

    4. Arkansas: The Root Cafe in Little Rock

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    "Best vegan spot in Little Rock. Awesome breakfast, brunch, and lunch. Don't be deterred by the long visible line--it moves fast. We've tried all of the vegan options over a dozen of visits and never had a bad meal." — Brad B., Yelp

    5. California: San Tung in San Francisco

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    Best chicken wings in San Francisco? It's very possible. — Meghan O'Neill, Facebook

    California: Gjelina in Los Angeles

    @victoire_loup via Instagram / Via, @lminthekitchen / Via

    When in L.A., make brunch here your #1 priority. — Pamela Linke, Facebook

    California: Animal in Los Angeles

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    "I'd put it as one of the top five restaurants in the world." — Kevin Fanshawe, Facebook

    6. Colorado: Brown Dog Pizza in Telluride

    @hungrytraveler_mx via Instagram, @fpmendizabal via Instagram / Via

    7. Connecticut: Louis’ Lunch in New Haven

    @kara_bearra via Instagram / Via

    The burger at this old-school shop is served on sandwich bread, and it's surprisingly genius. — SqueakyWheel

    Connecticut: Kawa Ni in Westport

    Via, @ctbites via Instagram / Via

    "I'd make the 40-minute drive from my hometown to this incredible Asian restaurant any day." — Jane Ostrau, Facebook

    Connecticut: Frank Pepe Pizzeria in New Haven

    Via, @littlegirlpizzabelly via Instagram / Via

    This coal fire pizza joint has been making the same thin-crust pies since 1925. Don't miss the famous white clam pizza and make sure to wash it down with a Birch Beer soda. — Sarah Strong, Facebook

    8. Delaware: Dogfish Head Brewpub in Rehoboth

    Via, @blondecravings via Instagram / Via

    "Dogfish Head, I think about your truffle goat cheese pizza before I fall asleep now, it might be one of the most delicious things my tastebuds have encountered." — Julia E., Yelp

    9. Florida: Joe's Stone Crab in Miami

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    "I wouldn't even think about going to Miami without making a trip to Joe's." — Zack Tax, Facebook

    10. Georgia: Flying Biscuit Cafe in Atlanta

    @fixhotsauce via Instagram / Via

    "This place is also known for its hearty breakfast food, but the shrimp and grits in particular are absolutely divine!" — Sabrina Safran, BuzzFeed

    Georgia: Gunshow in Atlanta

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    If you find yourself in Atlanta, make a trip to this place a priority. — Isabel R, Facebook

    Georgia: Mary Mac's Tea Room in Atlanta

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    "There are times I've fallen asleep dreaming about their Chicken Pot Pie!" — camrynw4c65585b0

    Georgia: Fox Brothers BBQ in Atlanta

    @mquessenberry via Instagram / Via

    "I dream about the Texas fries, which are topped with BBQ sauce, chopped brisket or pulled pork, jalapeños and melted cheese." — kellys423447c2c

    Georgia: Tlaloc El Mexicano in Athens

    @zagat via Instagram / Via

    "Whatever you do, order the pupusas." — morganhonorar

    11. Hawaii: Tidepools in Kauai

    @janikguy via Instagram / Via

    "The Tahitian ceviche made with fresh coconut and cilantro is the best thing I've ever eaten." — stephanier40424e991

    Hawaii: Arancino di Mare in Honolulu

    @annyasham via Instagram / Via

    Want some of the best pastas in the country? Look no further. — Jon-Michael Poff, BuzzFeed

    12. Idaho: The Breakfast Club in Moscow

    @stephheats via Instagram / Via

    "The food is incredible and as a bonus, it's affordable for college kids." — Notaglassoflemonade

    13. Illinois: Pequod's Pizza in Chicago

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    "Since going to college in Chicago, I constantly miss this deep dish pizza." — maryf49ac26600

    Illinois: Roister in Chicago

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    You'll find some eclectic items on this menu like the hushpuppies, which are served with chicken liver pâté, peach jam, and pickles, but everything tastes amazing. — Sophie Salzman, Facebook

    Illinois: Vinny Vanucchi's in Galena

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    From the time you sit down and are greeted with warm garlic bread fresh from the oven, you know you're in for a great meal. — Laura Bushman, Facebook

    14. Indiana: Cafe Patachou in Indianapolis

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    "You have to try the omelettes and cinnamon toast." — indyanna1965

    15. Iowa: Flying Mango in Des Moines

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    "Order anything with brisket and its guaranteed to be amazing." — shayjk513

    16. Kansas: Joe's Kansas City Barbecue in Kansas City

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    "Even Obama even bought about $1500 of Joe’s for Air Force One before he took off after his meal." — audreym4e467c33f

    17. Kentucky: Con Huevos in Louisville

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    "This small joint with only five tables serves the best chilaquiles, but whatever you order, you can't go wrong." — alexisc43f1c705e

    18. Louisiana: Café du Monde in New Orleans

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    "Café du Monde might be a bit touristy, but the beignets are really are out of this world. It’s been 2 years since I’ve been there and I still wake up craving them." —


    Louisiana: Elizabeth's in New Orleans

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    "I had the best brunch of my life here." — Niesha Voigt, Facebook

    Louisiana: The Joint in New Orleans

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    "This BBQ spot is a bit off the beaten track, but the line out the door tells you it’s worth the trip." — erindim

    19. Maine: Bob's Clam Hut in Kittery

    @ekeene via Instagram / Via

    This little seafood shack dishes up some of the best lobster rolls in Maine (and possibly even the country). — Sarah Strong, Facebook

    Maine: Eventide Oyster Co. in Portland

    @2girls.1fork via Instagram / Via

    "It's more upscale than your typical seafood shack, but they have the best lobster roll in Portland." — Ginny McDermott, Facebook

    Maine: Flo's Hot Dogs in Cape Neddick

    @samkanter via Instagram / Via

    There's nothing overly fancy about these frankfurters served with secret housemade relish, but they sure are damn good. — crystalb21

    20. Maryland: Faidley's Seafood in Baltimore

    @greenoliveeats via Instagram / Via

    "These are the best crab cakes in town. They're made with jumbo lump crab, they hardly have any filler, and the flavor out of this world." — ariellej4

    Maryland: Cantler's Riverside Inn in Annapolis

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    "This spot is right on the water tucked into a residential neighborhood. The crab is always fresh and plentiful." — virginiaj481b7d463

    21. Massachusetts: Sarma in Sommerville

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    The food is amazing and the experience is so much fun because in addition to the regular menu, every evening they also serve dim-sum style where a waiter walks around offering the special tapas of the day. — Marissa Buie, BuzzFeed

    Michigan: Buddy's Pizza in Detroit

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    "I have literally travelled halfway across the country with a take out box from Buddy's, just so I can eat their incredible pizza in the comforts of my NYC home. About once a week I beg them on Twitter to open an East Coast location."

    — Hayley Mulcrone, Facebook

    22. Minnesota: New Scenic Café in Duluth

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    "This adorable spot is decorated with birch branches and lights and there's a cozy campfire burning in front all winter long. It has the best wine list and a fantastic seasonal menu that reflects the spirit of the north country." — brookev44d349812

    23. Minnesota: Broders' Pasta Bar, in Minneapolis

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    "Order the Penne Rosa made with rosemary, chilies, tomato, cream." — hannahd468666d2e

    Minnesota: Kramarczuk’s in Minneapolis

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    "This is the place to go for Ukrainian food. The rueben, pirogies, piroshok, and sausage with sauerkraut are all must-tries." — bridgetb43d486c8a

    24. Mississippi: Doe’s Eat Place in Greenville


    "The steaks are around 2.5 pounds and they're best you’ll have in your life." — miss_emilyp

    25. Missouri: Pappy's Smokehouse in St. Louis

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    "Stupid Perfect Ribs should be the official name of this Pappy's delicacy." —Samantha Jones, Facebook

    Missouri: Anthonino’s Taverna in St. Louis

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    "If you’ve never had this toasted ravioli, you’re missing out. All the fresh pasta is amazing, too." — Samantha Jones, Facebook

    26. Montana: Ristorante Bella Roma in Helena

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    "Every time I go, I get a four-course authentic Italian meal with wine pairings. It's insane how good it is!" — a47516488d

    27. Nebraska: Block 16 in Omaha

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    "I was a student in Omaha, Nebraska and I would make the 8 hour drive back for their famous dragon fries, which are topped with spicy dragon sauce, cheese curds, scallion, and a crushed fortune cookie." — meghanr4cdbc1479

    Nebraska: Orsi's Italian Bakery & Pizzeria in Omaha

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    "This place was started in the 1920s by two Italian immigrants. The garlic bread recipe has stayed the same, and it's the best." — axietyfilled

    28. Nevada: Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak, and Stone Crab in Las Vegas

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    "Excellence. Just pure excellence from start to finish. My only regret: Not coming here sooner! (I've lived in Vegas for over ten years!)." — Mike B., Yelp

    29. New Hampshire: Lou's Restaurant & Bakery in Hanover

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    "This Dartmouth college favorite is the place to go for weekend breakfast"— Lindsay H., Facebook

    30. New Jersey: Destination Dogs in New Brunswick

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    "The best thing on the menu are the Patatas Ridiculas: Fried potatoes topped with duck confit, pork belly, bacon, two cheeses, brown gravy, jalapeños, sour cream and scallions. I'd walk cross country barefoot just to get my hands on this dish." —


    New Jersey: White Manna in Hackensack

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    "I would literally walk barefoot on legos across the country to eat the burger sliders again." — beej4cb041456

    31. New Mexico: El Paisa Taqueria in Albuquerque

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    "Some of the best authentic Mexican Taqueria food can be had at this charming hole-in-the-wall on Bridge Blvd. Inexpensive and absolutely delicious." — Larry M., Yelp

    32. New York: Walter's Hot Dog Stand

    @hannahloewentheil via Instagram / Via

    This roadside hot dog stand has been around since 1919. It's well worth the trek from NYC to experience the legendary grilled hot dogs, potato puffs, and milkshakes. — Hannah Loewentheil, BuzzFeed

    New York: Dan and John's Wings in Manhattan

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    In addition to the classics, there's a new special sauce every month. Don't miss the tater tots. — Brandon Nieuw, Facebook

    New York: Peter Luger Steak House in Brooklyn

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    "The giant porterhouse is a meal you'll never ever forget." — regan1averill

    New York: All American Drive-In in Massapequa

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    "This place is a Long Island staple that's been around since the early 60s. It's an old school drive-in with no more than 10 items on the menu. It's cash only, dirt cheap and some of the best fast food around. Get a quarter pounder with cheese, fries, a milkshake and maybe a knish if you're feeling another serving of potatoes." — Nicole Ench, BuzzFeed

    New York: Sushi Nakazawa in Manhattan

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    "Nakazawa was one of the best restaurant experiences of my life and the best sushis I've ever had. Their omakase is pricey but so, so worth it." — Marie Telling, BuzzFeed

    New York: Faicco's Italian Specialties in Manhattan

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    "Order the Italian Special. You won’t find a better sandwich." — ginsoakedginger91

    33. North Carolina: Price's Chicken Coop in Charlotte

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    "It’s the best fried chicken in the Carolinas!" — Elle Fried, Facebook

    North Carolina: Poole's Downtown Diner in Raleigh

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    "I dream about the roast chicken and macaroni au gratin." — alexandras4b7d617cd

    34. North Dakota: BernBaum's in Fargo

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    "It's a super quirky Scandinavian-Inspired bagel shop inside of a mid century modern furniture store." — Molly Yeh

    35. Ohio: Trattoria on the Hill in Cleveland

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    "This place in Cleveland's Little Italy seriously has the best gnocchi al burro I have ever tasted. I’m an Italian girl, and it comes pretty close to my grandma’s recipe." — alyssac4334c3366

    36. Oklahoma: Eischen's Bar in Okarche

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    "You can't be a true "Okie" if you haven't tried Eischens...The menu is refined to only a few dishes because they know what their specialties are. Chicken and fried okra are my go-to's when I eat here." — Sydney K., Yelp

    37. Oregon: Word Of Mouth Neighborhood Bistro in Salem

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    Breakfast dreams come true here. — malexandraaguilar

    Oregon: Le Bistro Montage in Portland

    Le Bistro Montage via Facebook / Via Facebook: montageportland

    If you like mac 'n' cheese, put this place on your must-visit list. — Eskaytea

    38. Pennsylvania: Zahav in Philadelphia

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    "So much delicious food it's literally a feast. The hummus is so smooth it's unreal and the lamb shoulder is OUT OF THIS WORLD AMAZING." — Marie Telling, BuzzFeed

    Pennsylvania: Mamie's Cafe in Martinsburg

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    "They make all of their pastries fresh every morning and the breakfast is out of this world." — mattb4ff2f17bb

    Pennsylvania: Sabrina's Cafe in Philadelphia

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    "Best brunch ever!" — Deelan Ayhan, Facebook

    39. Rhode Island: Al Forno in Providence

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    "All of the grilled pizzas and pastas are out of this world, but if you really want a meal that'll blow you away, get the baked cheese pasta. It's well worth the unavoidable food coma." — Hannah Loewentheil, BuzzFeed

    40. South Carolina: 167 Raw in Charleston

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    Go for the fried scallop po' boy and stay for the oysters and fish tacos. I would fly back to Charleston solely for this meal. — Hannah Loewentheil, BuzzFeed

    41. South Dakota: Murphy's Pub and Grill in Rapid City

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    "Murphy's is a great venue for hanging out, watching football in a relaxed setting, and eating the best fried pickles. I highly recommend spending the evening on the patio playing games. The food is delicious." — Kayla O., Yelp

    42. Tennessee: Husk in Nashville

    @nashvillemade via Instagram / Via, @mishiiii via Instagram / Via

    "Do the right thing. Order the burger." — strangestangel79

    Tennessee: The Grilled Cheeserie, in Nashville

    Via, @thegrilledcheeserie via Instagram / Via

    "If I could only eat one thing for the rest of my life, it would be the grilled pimento mac 'n' cheese sandwich from this gourmet food truck." — Mimijester

    43. Texas: Franklin BBQ in Austin

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    "While Franklin Barbecue technically opens at 11am, there's a line of people outside from sunrise. I waited four-hours (in the rain!) for this Texas barbecue and, yes, I believe it was 100% worth it!" — Gyan Yankovich, BuzzFeed

    Texas: Olamaie in Austin

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    Not to be dramatic, but the off-menu biscuits might just change your life. — Georgia Tollin, Facebook

    Texas: Opie's Barbecue in Spicewood

    @dorsey via Instagram / Via, Via

    Located 40 minutes outside of Austin, this place is the real deal when it comes to Hill Country BBQ.

    — Alexis deBoschnek, BuzzFeed

    Texas: Veracruz All Natural in Austin

    @thebonebbq via Instagram / Via

    Two words: Migas taco. — Hannah Loewentheil, BuzzFeed

    44. Utah: Lone Star Taqueria in Cottonwood Heights

    Via, @_food_love_life_ via Instagram / Via

    "The fish nachos are my go to. They're enormous, which is ideal after a day of skiing." — Lydia Joukowsky, Facebook

    Utah: Ruth's Diner in Salt Lake City via Instagram / Via, @jaszzhang via Instagram / Via

    Good LAWD, this is great food! The Salmon Hash, biscuits, and surprisingly, COCKTAILS, are amazing. You'll almost always have to wait a while to get a table, but it's well worth the wait and the drive up the canyon. — Angela L., Yelp

    45. Vermont: Ye Olde Tavern in Manchester

    @restaurantgroupie via Instagram / Via

    "The best thing on the menu are the cranberry fritters served with maple butter." — alexisc43f1c705e

    46. Virginia: Freemason Abbey in Norfolk

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    "Don't miss the "Seafood Fantasia." It's shrimp and sea scallops sautéed with peppers and onions, tossed with linguini in a white wine Old Bay cream sauce, all topped with lump crab meat." — AnnaLee10

    Virginia: Perly's in Richmond

    Via, @alex_delany via Instagram / Via Instagram: @alex_delany

    This Jewish-style deli has one of the best brunches in town. — jessiel4f1a319e7

    47. Washington: Pike Place Market in Seattle

    @pikeplacechowder via Instagram / Via

    Make sure to try the chowder and the famous dungeness crab cocktail. — bboissonnault

    48. Washington, D.C.: Astro Doughnuts and Fried Chicken

    @mill_burray via Instagram / Via

    "They serve exactly what the name implies, plus some BOMB egg sandwiches for breakfast." — graciee4669d4662

    Washington, D.C.: Rose's Luxury

    @markovka32 via Instagram / Via, @cantbebeet via Instagram / Via

    You'll wait an hour to put your name down to eat at this cult-favorite D.C. establishment, and your meal will be entirely worth it. — Georgia Tollin, Facebook

    49. West Virginia: Hillbilly Hot Dogs in Lesage

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    "Wow!!! It's the only word I can use to describe the food... It is truly in the middle of nowhere but people come from all around to eat here." — Jonathon E., Yelp

    50. Wisconsin: The Old Fashioned in Madison

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    In true Wisconsin fashion, order the cheese curds and a brat. — danan49ee425a0

    51. Wyoming: The Merry Piglets Mexican Grill in Jackson

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    "It's all about their hot sauce." — e4ada6546c

    Wyoming: Cowfish in Lander

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    What's the best meal in your state? Let us know in the comments!

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