There are thousands and thousands of dishes all begging to be tasted, so which one do you choose? If you’re on your way to Bob Evans and still can’t decide what to have, keep the following in mind. These are classic American dishes but restaurants and diners are serving them in unique ways, so give them a try.
1. Cobb Salad
The Cobb salad began its life in the East Coast in 1937 when Bob Cobb, who owned The Browned Derby, was trying to come up with a new meal, and he ended up putting together a salad based on what was left in the fridge. His salad consisted of cheese, tomatoes, romaine, avocado, lettuce, chives, hard boiled egg and some French dressing. Needless to say the Cobb salad caught on and variants are being served in Denny’s and other places.
Jerky has long been a favorite of road trippers and backpackers, so much so that restaurants are now serving them and in many different ways with buffalo, venison, chicken, turkey, beef and even ostrich. Plus, they can be flavored with chili, lemon pepper or teriyaki, underscoring its versatility.
The traditional fajita is grilled over fire and wrapped in tortilla, but the dish became popular in America only in 1969 after a man named Sonny Falcon started selling the dish off his taco stands in Texas rodeos. Pretty soon the dish spread throughout the US with its assortment of condiments such as sour cream, shredded cheese, pepper and onions.
Cornbread is heavily identified with Southern food, but really it’s part of various American cultures, including Native Americans who have their own version of the dish. Today variants of this dish can be found in many restaurants and is served with jalapenos, herbs and cheese. In New England they’re known as johnnycakes and cooked in muffin tins, but no matter how it’s done, the cornbread is still a classic.
5. Wild Alaska Salmon
Wild Alaska salmon are best served with maple syrup or Dijon mustard, it’s up to you, and really you won’t know the difference from the Atlantic salmon until you have tasted this one. Catching these isn’t easy, but if you’re lucky enough to get one, make sure to cook it slowly. Then again, why go through the trouble when it is served in restaurants around the US?
6. Crab Cakes
Crab cakes can be prepared in gourmet or restaurant style, or you can have them boardwalk style with fillers and a bun. Or you can have these baked, broiled or fried. The truth is you can’t go wrong with any of these preparations, as it’ll still come out good.
7. Clam Chowder
Clam chowder is most popular in the East Coast, but you can also find this dish around the US. However, if you’re after the classic, order the New England version, creamy with lots of onions and potatoes.
The variety of dishes that you can try out in restaurants can make the mind reel, but no worries, since any of the choices outlined here is bound to please.