The palate of the United States is much more diverse than most would expect it to be, with a different speciality from state to state, and there is much more to it than hotdogs and hamburgers! In the northernmost state of Alaska the traditional Eskimo staple of caribou is a firm favourite with steak and reindeer burgers on the menu at most restaurants. The nation’s beloved sweet wobbly treat of Jell-o is most popular in Utah, and you can even try it deep fried at the state fair. In Arizona fried dough was once a staple for many Native American tribes and is still eaten today, either plain or with ground beef, beans and cheese. If you’re in Nevada, try locally-made pesto or pignoli cookies made with pine nuts that have been harvest here for over 10,000 years. Or in Wyoming chow down on buffalo jerky, just like the cowboys did.
Eating out is very common in the USA, with families dining at restaurants on the weekends and during the week too. Most cities will have a wide range of restaurants and cuisines to choose from, ranging from traditional American favourites to more exotic dishes. You’ll also find eating establishments to suit any budget or time-frame, whether you want to grab a quick bite at a fast food joint or are looking to splash out as a Michelin-starred restaurant. If eating out it is important to remember that most wait staff rely on tips as the basis of their income, and generally expect to receive between 15-20% of the total bill price.