Iconic American Dishes and Their Origins

With German roots, the hot dog became an American staple, especially at baseball games, in the early 20th century.

Hot Dogs

Associated with the 17th-century Pilgrim feast, the Thanksgiving turkey has remained a symbol of the holiday.

Thanksgiving Turkey

Introduced by Italian immigrants, New York-style pizza is renowned for its thin, foldable crust.

New York-Style Pizza

Influenced by African, Scottish, and English cooking, Southern fried chicken became a beloved dish in the 18th century.

Southern Fried Chicken




Originating from early American settlers, clam chowder, especially New England style, gained popularity in the 19th century.

Clam Chowder

With Native American and Spanish roots, American barbecue boasts diverse regional styles influenced by African and Caribbean techniques.


1. Created at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York, in 1964, buffalo wings are now a popular bar and party snack.

Buffalo Wings