It’s a question we think about constantly at Thrillist. It’s also a question we know YOU think about constantly (or at least semi-regularly?), which is why directing people to the most amazing, life-altering stuff to eat has been kind of our thing.
Whether you’re heading to a new city soon or looking for some uncovered culinary treasures you’ve overlooked in your own backyard, below you’ll find a series of meticulously crafted lists of the 50 must-eat things in America’s biggest, most delicious dining powerhouses — 26 of them, to be exact. That’s 1,300 things altogether! Happy eating, America.
This year’s list features new refinements to American classics (fried chicken, ice cream sandwiches), new, accessible foods from the Mediterranean and Hawaii, and tweaks on the cuisine of India. Plus, new technology is enabling restaurants get into businesses that would have been unthinkable even 5 years ago, when this list started.