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Rank of States By Its Food/Drink; Part IV

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Posted by Don, Dueling Bubbas on July 11, 2014 at 15:19:15:

In Reply to: Rank of States By Its Food/Drink; Part I posted by Don, Dueling Bubbas on July 11, 2014 at 15:13:49:

18. Maryland
Crab cakes and football, right? That’s a quote from a hit movie called Wedding Crashers, and it is hilarious if you understand the context. But seriously, aside from blue crabs, and a great seasoning for said crabs, Silver Queen corn, and maybe Smith Island cake, Maryland is a little light on the power corridor of native foods. And while Baltimore is actually underrated when it comes to dining, we hate to break it to you, but Natty Boh is brewed in North Carolina now. DON’T KILL THE MESSENGER.

17. Colorado
It’s tough to pin down the “thing” that really defines Colorado food-wise -- it’s kind of a mish-mash of Western influences that’ve migrated from elsewhere (they’re big on green chile) with a heavy dose of meats like buffalo and Colorado lamb, but Denver and Boulder are both solid culinary hubs, and the state’s enlightened drug policies only stand to help your enjoyment of whatever you’re eating. But, really, a hefty part of this ranking is a nod to Colorado’s role as one of the most pioneering craft beer states, a spirit that endures today as they turn out beer made with Rocky Mountain Oysters. They still make lots of good non-testicular beer too.

16. Hawaii
You are beautiful, you grow tropical fruits, and everyone from your unsullied lands swears by your malasadas, macadamia nuts, and Kona coffee. Maui Brewing has extremely solid beers, and Peter Merriman’s restaurants would be a big deal in any state. But you also swear by Spam Musubi, and I’m sorry, I’ve tried to like it, and I can’t. You grew there, I flew there, though.

15. Georgia
Homebase of Coca-Cola, Waffle House, AND Chick-fil-A, earning it the nickname “The Blockage in America’s Artery”. But it’s not just about mass-produced unhealthiness… what with all the pecan pie, peach cobbler, and those dramatically underproduced Holeman & Finch burgers… okay how does anyone in this state live past 35?

14. Alabama
Doesn’t quite get its due as a great BBQ state, despite a singular innovation (white sauce, a la Big Bob Gibson’s, on chicken or pulled pork) and other standout joints like Dreamland in Tuscaloosa. Throw in a side of all the other fried, smothered, sweetened goodness that permeates the South, and you’re in surprisingly good culinary hands.

13. Massachusetts
Mass has a lot going for it. Yeah, sure there’s chowder, Boston cream pie, and all that Cape and Island seafood, plus breweries like Sam Adams, Cisco, Harpoon, Clown Shoes, and the like. But there’s also the GREATEST BURGER PLACE IN THE WORLD (the original West Springfield White Hut), every one of Barbara Lynch’s restaurants, and a general distaste for the fake, gross, official signature dish, baked beans, which we respect.

12. Missouri
Although Oklahoma Joe's is in KANSAS AND WE WERE WRONG, the Missouri side still has some of the best BBQ joints on the planet. Also, burnt ends are a damn delicacy despite not SOUNDING all that appetizing. Brewers like Boulevard and Perennial have put it on the craft beer map, and the frozen custard in St. Louis makes up for the otherwise unforgivable sin that is Provel cheese.

11. North Carolina
Asheville is cool. It has more breweries per capita than any city in the US. Plus your barbecue -- be it Lexington or Eastern-style -- is all equally delicious. Krispy Kreme was founded in Winston-Salem. So was -- weirdly enough -- Texas Pete’s. And Cheerwine is a thing you wish you invented. Just imagine if you could eat tobacco!

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