America is, and it is no secret, known as the junk food country. But conscious people understand that there are other options. There are a huge number of food options available in the United States. Each country has its own food culture, so it is not at all necessary to eat something greasy or go to McDonald’s, you can always find something different.
Think like local
Each state has its own character, its own history, as well as its own local dishes. For example, Chicago is famous for its thick dough pizza. And the pride of Philadelphia is steaks with cheese and sandwiches like hot dogs filled with meat and cheese. Some universities are also famous for their food. The Pennsylvania State University campus sells the famous frozen cream, while the University of California Los Angeles students get the chance to taste the famous cookies and waffle ice cream.
In addition to the sweet and savory delights, each state has unique dishes made with local produce. We’ve done a very brief overview of the local flavors and local treats that can actually be encountered across the country.
Food to the Northeast and East Coast
America’s Northeast is full of lively cities with many restaurateurs and foodies. They will help you get lost in New York’s variety of choices or in the Pennsylvania Amish markets. Food culture especially in New England influenced by the British colonial past is based on seafood. Students who study in New England should definitely try clam soup in a bread bowl, or eat a lobster roll. Students in Baltimore are required to sample blue crab at one of the many Crab Houses.
Food in the South
The soulful cuisine of the American South is full of aromas and flavors, as well as Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Creole, and Latin American influences. All ingredients are often cooked together to form a single, rich and complex flavor. Try gumbo if you’re in Louisiana. And don’t skip stewed pork or homemade chili peppers if you’re in Texas.
Middle Western food
The cuisine of the American Midwest is so simple that it is often called the “Breadbasket”. This cuisine is based on simple ingredients. Something boiled or stewed in a pot, baked pasta, dishes with vegetables, grains, and meats sourced from the heart of the country. The legacy of the Indians, the native inhabitants of the country, has penetrated the cuisine of the states of the Midwest. Many dishes are based on corn and wild rice and can be considered local delicacies.
With a temperate climate, the west coast states have plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables, meat, and seafood. California is known for its oranges and avocados, as well as large cities with developed food chains. Among them are San Francisco and Los Angeles, where the widest choice is open to gourmets. Obviously, students will be interested in all this. As you continue your journey down the coast, you will encounter Texan-Mexican cuisine. This is a unique blend of American and Mexican cuisine. Try Arroz & Pollo (rice with chicken) or ceviche (spicy fresh fish cooked in lemon or lime juice).
Explore the American food
Many states host frequent food fairs. In addition, there are a large number of local markets where students can go. Stay tuned for announcements at the university and in the student Internet community. Also, don’t be afraid to ask everyone about how to eat better. Locals will be happy to talk about what their area is famous for. For example, students at Pennsylvania State University or Drexel University are required to explore the Philadelphia Reading Terminal Market.
Street food and food trucks are relatively new to America. But they offer everything from fresh steak sandwiches to falafel. Usually, the order is prepared on the spot, in front of you, and gives you the opportunity to stay on the move. You can find out about good spots through word of mouth, in local newspapers, or accidentally stumble upon them yourself while walking around the city.