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The one restaurant you need to visit in every state

The Daily Meal Logo By Syjil Ashraf of The Daily Meal | Slide 1 of 52: Food is the best lens through which we can get acquainted with a region’s history and culture, and in the United States, the cuisine of each state can tell you a lot about the state’s people and customs. Each of the 50 states, as well as the nation’s capital, has its own unique food scene, a tableau of flavors of various cultures and ethnicities as well as endemic ingredients and produce. And while each of these states has plenty of amazing eateries to explore, there’s always that single one that encapsulates its food culture best.In order to determine which restaurant was the quintessential dining experience of each state, we started by combing through our own previous rankings of top restaurants both casual and upscale as well as iconic restaurant dishes. We then took a deep dive into existing rankings and review sites, both national and local, to get an idea of which restaurants are the most renowned and well-loved according to locals as well as tourists. Above all, we looked for restaurants that are emblematic of their state’s history, culinary traditions and preferred cuisine. For each state, we did our best to find a restaurant that isn’t just great, but also a true representation of how the locals dine out.

The one restaurant you need to visit in every state

Food is the best lens through which we can get acquainted with a region’s history and culture, and in the United States, the cuisine of each state can tell you a lot about the state’s people and customs. Each of the 50 states, as well as the nation’s capital, has its own unique food scene, a tableau of flavors of various cultures and ethnicities as well as endemic ingredients and produce. And while each of these states has plenty of amazing eateries to explore, there’s always that single one that encapsulates its food culture best.

In order to determine which restaurant was the quintessential dining experience of each state, we started by combing through our own previous rankings of top restaurants both casual and upscale as well as iconic restaurant dishes. We then took a deep dive into existing rankings and review sites, both national and local, to get an idea of which restaurants are the most renowned and well-loved according to locals as well as tourists. Above all, we looked for restaurants that are emblematic of their state’s history, culinary traditions and preferred cuisine. For each state, we did our best to find a restaurant that isn’t just great, but also a true representation of how the locals dine out.

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