A survey conducted by Foodbeast.com with a voting system produced a “culinary roadmap,” depicting the iconic food from each state. Illinois is represented by the Chicago-style deep dish pizza, which makes sense to many people outside the state. However, some natives to Illinois are disputing Indiana’s claim to breaded pork tenderloin sandwich.
Here are some other food options people in Illinois suggested to represent the beautiful state, since many residents feel Chicago isn’t the only and most important city in the state. While some commenters stated specific restaurants, below is a list of some of the general styles of food listed commonly for the Galesburg area.
- Tenderloin sandwiches: Breaded and non-breaded varieties. Usually pork tenderloin on a sandwich with any number of added ingredients like cheese, lettuce, tomato, and more.
- Maid-Rite is one of the better known sandwiches in this variety with the simplicity of meat, bread, and sauce.
- Horse shoe: toast covered in sliced ham, fries, and cheese.
- Spinach bisque: spinach, half-and-half cream, cream cheese, chicken broth, cheese, and garlic.
- Taco pizza: It’s exactly what it sounds like. Taco ingredients on a pizza crust, minus the tomato sauce.
- Fried catfish: oven fried, deep fried, or pan fried, catfish lends itself very well to frying since it’s both fishy and mild, and abundant in the US.
- Chicago dog: Chicago has a lot of food named after it, apparently. The Chicago dog usually features yellow mustard, a dill pickle spear, sweet relish, white onion, tomato, pickled peppers, and some celery salt.
So many people associate Illinois with the Chicago Deep Dish Pizza there’s so much more the state offers. Many, many, many people suggested tenderloin sandwiches and spinach bisque. However, the survey conducted does show some of the more stereotypical foods found in the states. Florida also has the Conch in various varieties, Idaho was given steak fingers (nothing to do with potatoes) and Kentucky wasn’t given Fried chicken. However, Tennessee was labeled with Memphis BBQ, North Carolina has their own style of BBQ, Texas has the Texas Brisket, Pennsylvania has the Cheese Steak, and more. Recipes and pictures of iconic dishes can be found here.
It could be interesting to hold another voting system and offer options that might not have been invented in the state, but that have become a huge part of daily life there. Or, even better, do what the Galesburg blog post did and ask people from specific areas what food they think is a major icon of their area. Traveling 20 miles may mean a complete menu change.