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10 American Classics And Where to Eat Them


Germans and Austrians dispute who invented the hot dog, but sausages have been mentioned since Roman times. American consumers first discovered German "dachshund" sausages.

Hot dogs

British, Swedish, and Dutch immigrants brought apple pie to the U.S., where it was a staple of colonial diets for more than a century due to its low cost. Apple pie became an American icon during World War II.

Apple pie

Thomas Jefferson is credited with introducing the delicious pasta and cheese dish to American cuisine, even though it predates the founding of America by several hundred years.

Cheese macaroni

The classic corned beef, Swiss cheese, and sauerkraut sandwich, made with Jewish, German, and Irish ingredients, is a symbol of 20th-century American cuisine.

Reuben sandwich

Chocolate chip cookies have an undisputedly American history. In 1938, Massachusetts' famous Toll House Inn owner Ruth Graves Wakefield made the first batch.

Chip cookies

Teressa Bellissimo invented the Buffalo wing to use up an accidental shipment of chicken wings, or she made it as a late-night snack for her son and his drinking buddies.

Buffalo wings are a dish.

German immigrants combined their famous "Hamburg steak" with two slices of bread to create the modern burger in New York.


British biscuits and early American sawmill gravy were cheap, filling breakfast options. The food-strapped colonies ate biscuits and gravy during the Revolutionary War, creating an American favorite.

Bread and gravy

The British invented the biscuit, and sawmill gravy was a cheap, filling breakfast in early America. Biscuits and gravy became an American favorite when food-starved colonies ate them during the Revolutionary War.

Gravy and biscuits

Clam chowder arrived in New England in the early 1700s, likely inspired by northern French and southwest English seafood stews.

Clam soup