23 American Foods That Non-Americans Can't Get Enough Of

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Recently, Redditor u/remyleboi00 asked a controversial food question: "Non-Americans, what is the best 'American' food?"

Non-Americans chimed in with some seriously tasty suggestions of the best "American" foods they've ever had, and honestly, reading it all made me hungry. So I dug up some recipes for each dish in case you want to cook them up for yourself!

1.Lobster Rolls

<div><p>"OMG these would be soooo popular back home. They are the perfect seafood sandwich!"</p><p>—u/<a href="https://go.redirectingat.com?id=74679X1524629&sref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.buzzfeed.com%2Fandyneuenschwander%2Ffavorite-american-foods-of-non-americans&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.reddit.com%2Fuser%2FW8sB4D8s%2F&xcust=6250691%7CBF-VERIZON&xs=1" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:W8sB4D8s" class="link "><u>W8sB4D8s</u></a></p></div><span> Tasty / BuzzFeed</span>

"OMG these would be soooo popular back home. They are the perfect seafood sandwich!"

—u/W8sB4D8s

Tasty / BuzzFeed

Wanna try making lobster rolls? Here are a couple of recipes:

Traditional lobster roll recipe

Vegetarian lobster roll recipe

2.Smoked Brisket

<div><p>"Wow! I tried this in some small Texas town and that place deserves a Michelin star!"</p><p>—u/<a href="https://go.redirectingat.com?id=74679X1524629&sref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.buzzfeed.com%2Fandyneuenschwander%2Ffavorite-american-foods-of-non-americans&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.reddit.com%2Fuser%2FW8sB4D8s%2F&xcust=6250691%7CBF-VERIZON&xs=1" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:W8sB4D8s" class="link "><u>W8sB4D8s</u></a></p></div><span> Lauripatterson / Getty Images</span>

"Wow! I tried this in some small Texas town and that place deserves a Michelin star!"

—u/W8sB4D8s

Lauripatterson / Getty Images

Wanna try making brisket? Here are two recipes: One is a roast for those who don't have access to a smoker, and the other is a full-blown smoked brisket!

Best beef brisket recipe

Smoked brisket recipe

3.Key Lime Pie

<div><p>"I think I ate a whole one by myself when I was in Miami."</p><p>—u/<a href="https://go.redirectingat.com?id=74679X1524629&sref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.buzzfeed.com%2Fandyneuenschwander%2Ffavorite-american-foods-of-non-americans&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.reddit.com%2Fuser%2FW8sB4D8s%2F&xcust=6250691%7CBF-VERIZON&xs=1" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:W8sB4D8s" class="link "><u>W8sB4D8s</u></a></p></div><span> Tasty / BuzzFeed</span>

"I think I ate a whole one by myself when I was in Miami."

—u/W8sB4D8s

Tasty / BuzzFeed

Wanna try making key lime pie? Here are three recipes, including a dairy-free one made with avocado:

Traditional key lime pie recipe

Key lime pie with toasted marshmallow meringue recipe

Dairy-free key lime pie recipe

4.Reuben Sandwich

Suggested by:&#xa0;u/pineappledan

Suggested by: u/pineappledan

"And it is somehow so much more than the sum of its parts. On paper, it sounds disgusting. 'Corned beef, thousand island dressing, and SAUERKRAUT?!'

But holy hell, the Reuben is a member of the sandwich royalty."

—u/ThirdFloorNorth

Tasty / BuzzFeed

Wanna make a Reuben sandwich? Here's a how-to:

Reuben sandwich recipe

5.Pecan Pie

Suggested by: u/DuneTerrain

Suggested by: u/DuneTerrain

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Wanna try making a pecan pie? Here's a traditional recipe, a twist on the original involving cheesecake, and — if you want to get REAL American — a deep-fried version:

Basic pecan pie recipe

Kentucky Derby pecan pie cheesecake recipe

Deep-fried pecan pie recipe

6.Cheesy Jalapeño Bread

<div><p>"I worked in California for a while and this bakery near me used to have this spicy bread that was packed with cheese and jalapeños. It was greasy as fuck but holy shit it was good."</p><p>—u/<a href="https://go.redirectingat.com?id=74679X1524629&sref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.buzzfeed.com%2Fandyneuenschwander%2Ffavorite-american-foods-of-non-americans&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.reddit.com%2Fuser%2FButtholeQuiver%2F&xcust=6250691%7CBF-VERIZON&xs=1" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:ButtholeQuiver" class="link "><u>ButtholeQuiver</u></a></p></div><span> Tasty / BuzzFeed</span>

"I worked in California for a while and this bakery near me used to have this spicy bread that was packed with cheese and jalapeños. It was greasy as fuck but holy shit it was good."

—u/ButtholeQuiver

Tasty / BuzzFeed

Wanna try making cheesy jalapeño bread? Here are recipes for a larger loaf for slicing, and for the more cheesy kind:

Dutch oven jalapeño cheddar bread recipe

Jalapeño cheese bread recipe

7.Tex-Mex

plate of rice, refried beans, an enchilada, steak and onions, and quesadila

"Given the level of Mexican food in Europe generally, Tex-Mex is insane compared to what we get over here."

—u/Angrylettuce

Jeff R Clow / Getty Images

Wanna try making some Tex-Mex? Here are some recipes to start with:

Cheesy chicken enchiladas recipe

Loaded chicken fajita nachos recipe

Tex-Mex guacamole recipe

8.Chicken Parmesan

<div><p>"American here, but recently spoke with an Italian exchange student and asked him what he would miss most about the States. Dead ass, he said 'chicken parm.' That's not an Italian thing. He said the first time he had it, he called his friend back home to tell them about [it], and she hung up on him."</p><p>—u/<a href="https://go.redirectingat.com?id=74679X1524629&sref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.buzzfeed.com%2Fandyneuenschwander%2Ffavorite-american-foods-of-non-americans&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.reddit.com%2Fuser%2FSpiridor%2F&xcust=6250691%7CBF-VERIZON&xs=1" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Spiridor" class="link "><u>Spiridor</u></a></p></div><span> Tasty / BuzzFeed</span>

"American here, but recently spoke with an Italian exchange student and asked him what he would miss most about the States. Dead ass, he said 'chicken parm.' That's not an Italian thing. He said the first time he had it, he called his friend back home to tell them about [it], and she hung up on him."

—u/Spiridor

Tasty / BuzzFeed

Wanna try making chicken parm? Here's a traditional recipe and some ~variations~:

The best crispy chicken parmesan recipe

Chicken parmesan sliders recipe

Chicken parm lasagna recipe

Chicken parm bites recipe

9.Chicken-Fried Steak

Suggested by u/MagnifyingLens

Suggested by u/MagnifyingLens

"Gotta appreciate it when a Scot compliments another country's deep frying."

—u/Kongo204

Tasty / BuzzFeed

Wanna try making chicken-fried steak? Of course you do, here are some recipes:

Country fried steak with gravy recipe

Chicken fried steak bites recipe

10.Philly Cheesesteaks

Suggested by u/Cannabis_Sir

Suggested by u/Cannabis_Sir

"Greasy bready cheesey are the three most important parts of the American food pyramid."

—u/xavier120

Lauripatterson / Getty Images

Wanna try making a Philly cheesesteak? Here are a couple of options to try at home:

Cheesesteak hoagie recipe

Vegan mushroom "cheesesteak" recipe

11.Cheesy Potatoes aka Funeral Potatoes aka Twice-Baked Potatoes

spoon in a casserole dish of cheesy potatoes

Suggested by u/BadBadGrades

Bhofack2 / Getty Images/iStockphoto

Wanna try making cheesy potatoes? Here are some recipes to try out:

Cheesy potato casserole recipe

Twice-baked potatoes recipe

Funeral potatoes recipe

12.Cornbread

<div><p>"Oddly enough, no one seems to have mentioned it… but cornbread. Yeah, as a guy who moved here, Americans have got cornbread down to a T. Combined with some soul food? Makes me smile on the inside."</p><p>—u/<a href="https://go.redirectingat.com?id=74679X1524629&sref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.buzzfeed.com%2Fandyneuenschwander%2Ffavorite-american-foods-of-non-americans&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.reddit.com%2Fuser%2FThatmixedotaku%2F&xcust=6250691%7CBF-VERIZON&xs=1" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Thatmixedotaku" class="link "><u>Thatmixedotaku</u></a></p></div><span> Tasty / BuzzFeed</span>

"Oddly enough, no one seems to have mentioned it… but cornbread. Yeah, as a guy who moved here, Americans have got cornbread down to a T. Combined with some soul food? Makes me smile on the inside."

—u/Thatmixedotaku

Tasty / BuzzFeed

Wanna try your hand at cornbread? Here's a traditional skillet cornbread recipe, plus a traditional Mexican cornbread to show you where this southern dish got its roots:

Skillet cornbread recipe

Savory pepita pan de elote (Mexican cornbread) with charred poblano butter recipe

13.Arby's Beef & Cheddar Sandwich

<div><p>"I had a friend from France here for nearly six months, took him around the Mid-Atlantic and NYC... and all he wanted to do was keep going back to Arby's for the Beef 'n Cheddar."</p><p>—u/<a href="https://go.redirectingat.com?id=74679X1524629&sref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.buzzfeed.com%2Fandyneuenschwander%2Ffavorite-american-foods-of-non-americans&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.reddit.com%2Fuser%2Fbwave1%2F&xcust=6250691%7CBF-VERIZON&xs=1" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:bwave1" class="link "><u>bwave1</u></a></p></div><span> Arby's / Via <a href="https://go.redirectingat.com?id=74679X1524629&sref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.buzzfeed.com%2Fandyneuenschwander%2Ffavorite-american-foods-of-non-americans&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.arbys.com%2Fmenu%2Froast-beef%2Fclassic-beef-n-cheddar%2F&xcust=6250691%7CBF-VERIZON&xs=1" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:arbys.com" class="link ">arbys.com</a></span>

"I had a friend from France here for nearly six months, took him around the Mid-Atlantic and NYC... and all he wanted to do was keep going back to Arby's for the Beef 'n Cheddar."

—u/bwave1

Arby's / Via arbys.com

If you want to try an Arby's Beef & Cheddar, you should probably go to Arby's. BUT, if you don't have one near you, here's a copycat recipe!

Arby's beef and cheddar copycat recipe

14.Biscuits & Gravy

<div><p>"Nothing even comes close. A good buttermilk biscuit with a proper sausage gravy is heaven on earth. Because by the end, your heart stops beating anyway."</p><p>—u/<a href="https://go.redirectingat.com?id=74679X1524629&sref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.buzzfeed.com%2Fandyneuenschwander%2Ffavorite-american-foods-of-non-americans&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.reddit.com%2Fuser%2FScreye%2F&xcust=6250691%7CBF-VERIZON&xs=1" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Screye" class="link "><u>Screye</u></a></p></div><span> Stephaniefrey / Getty Images/iStockphoto</span>

"Nothing even comes close. A good buttermilk biscuit with a proper sausage gravy is heaven on earth. Because by the end, your heart stops beating anyway."

—u/Screye

Stephaniefrey / Getty Images/iStockphoto

Wanna make this breakfast of champions? Here are recipes for fluffy biscuits and sausage gravy:

Flakiest biscuits recipe

Sausage gravy recipe

15.Gumbo

<div><p>"I’m talking cooked by somebody raised south of I-10."</p><p>—u/<a href="https://go.redirectingat.com?id=74679X1524629&sref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.buzzfeed.com%2Fandyneuenschwander%2Ffavorite-american-foods-of-non-americans&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.reddit.com%2Fuser%2FBigstar976%2F&xcust=6250691%7CBF-VERIZON&xs=1" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Bigstar976" class="link "><u>Bigstar976</u></a></p></div><span> Tasty / BuzzFeed</span>

"I’m talking cooked by somebody raised south of I-10."

—u/Bigstar976

Tasty / BuzzFeed

You might not be a Louisiana meemaw, but you can try making gumbo with these recipes:

New Orleans seafood filé gumbo recipe

Vegetarian gumbo recipe

16.Grilled Cheese

<div><p>"I showed my cousins who live overseas grilled cheese for the first time and they absolutely loved it."</p><p>—u/<a href="https://go.redirectingat.com?id=74679X1524629&sref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.buzzfeed.com%2Fandyneuenschwander%2Ffavorite-american-foods-of-non-americans&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.reddit.com%2Fuser%2FSprizys%2F&xcust=6250691%7CBF-VERIZON&xs=1" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Sprizys" class="link "><u>Sprizys</u></a></p></div><span> Tasty / BuzzFeed</span>

"I showed my cousins who live overseas grilled cheese for the first time and they absolutely loved it."

—u/Sprizys

Tasty / BuzzFeed

Grilled cheese doesn't really require a recipe, but here's one anyway (along with some variations):

Grilled cheese recipe

Vegan grilled cheese recipe

Salted honey apple brie grilled cheese recipe

Ultimate spicy grilled cheese

17.Coconut Cream Pie

Suggested by u/Appropriate-Secret80

Suggested by u/Appropriate-Secret80

"I’ve never met a Texan who doesn’t love coconut cream pie."

—u/PlaceboRoshambo

Ehughes / Getty Images/iStockphoto

Here's a coconut cream pie recipe for you to try, plus a recipe for coconut cream PUFFS if that's more your thing:

Coconut cream pie recipe

Coconut cream pie puffs recipe

18.Buffalo Wings

<div><p>"Are Buffalo wings American? Because that's modern-day Ambrosia."</p><p>—u/<a href="https://go.redirectingat.com?id=74679X1524629&sref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.buzzfeed.com%2Fandyneuenschwander%2Ffavorite-american-foods-of-non-americans&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.reddit.com%2Fuser%2FCronkleDonker%2F&xcust=6250691%7CBF-VERIZON&xs=1" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:CronkleDonker" class="link "><u>CronkleDonker</u></a></p></div><span> Tasty / BuzzFeed</span>

"Are Buffalo wings American? Because that's modern-day Ambrosia."

—u/CronkleDonker

Tasty / BuzzFeed

You want Buffalo wing recipes? We got Buffalo wing recipes:

The best crispy Buffalo wings recipe

Super easy no-fry Buffalo wings recipe

19.Chocolate Chip Cookies

<div><p>"In Vietnam, chocolate chip cookies are called American cookies."</p><p>—u/<a href="https://go.redirectingat.com?id=74679X1524629&sref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.buzzfeed.com%2Fandyneuenschwander%2Ffavorite-american-foods-of-non-americans&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.reddit.com%2Fuser%2FJDBerezansky%2F&xcust=6250691%7CBF-VERIZON&xs=1" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:JDBerezansky" class="link "><u>JDBerezansky</u></a></p></div><span> Tasty / BuzzFeed</span>

"In Vietnam, chocolate chip cookies are called American cookies."

—u/JDBerezansky

Tasty / BuzzFeed

Everybody's got a different way to do these, here are some to try:

The best chewy chocolate chip cookies recipe

Brown butter toffee chocolate chip cookies

Vegan chocolate chip cookies

Stuffed chocolate chip cookies

20.Pancakes

<div><p>"I may be a simpleton, but an average diner with bottomless filter coffee, pancakes, bacon, and syrup was my favourite part of the day."</p><p>—u/<a href="https://go.redirectingat.com?id=74679X1524629&sref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.buzzfeed.com%2Fandyneuenschwander%2Ffavorite-american-foods-of-non-americans&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.reddit.com%2Fuser%2FBasedEvidence%2F&xcust=6250691%7CBF-VERIZON&xs=1" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:BasedEvidence" class="link "><u>BasedEvidence</u></a></p></div><span> Tasty / BuzzFeed</span>

"I may be a simpleton, but an average diner with bottomless filter coffee, pancakes, bacon, and syrup was my favourite part of the day."

—u/BasedEvidence

Tasty / BuzzFeed

Wanna try out some different types of pancakes? Here are some variations:

Fluffy buttermilk pancakes recipe

Blueberry pancakes recipe

Cinnamon roll pancakes recipe

21.Banana Pudding

<div><p>"That s**t is LIFE-CHANGING."</p><p>—u/<a href="https://go.redirectingat.com?id=74679X1524629&sref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.buzzfeed.com%2Fandyneuenschwander%2Ffavorite-american-foods-of-non-americans&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.reddit.com%2Fuser%2FMadmagican-%2F&xcust=6250691%7CBF-VERIZON&xs=1" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Madmagican-" class="link "><u>Madmagican-</u></a></p></div><span> Tasty / BuzzFeed</span>

"That s**t is LIFE-CHANGING."

—u/Madmagican-

Tasty / BuzzFeed

Wanna try banana pudding? Here are some options, including a Magnolia Bakery copycat and a cheesecake version, because why not:

Traditional banana pudding recipe

Magnolia Bakery banana pudding with a twist recipe

Banana pudding cheesecake recipe

22.Fried Pickles

<div><p>"I love [the] fried pickles I ate in North Carolina… now I make them at home and spread it a lot! I know at least 10 of my friends make them now."</p><p>—u/<a href="https://go.redirectingat.com?id=74679X1524629&sref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.buzzfeed.com%2Fandyneuenschwander%2Ffavorite-american-foods-of-non-americans&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.reddit.com%2Fuser%2FDedadrda%2F&xcust=6250691%7CBF-VERIZON&xs=1" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Dedadrda" class="link "><u>Dedadrda</u></a></p></div><span> Tasty / BuzzFeed</span>

"I love [the] fried pickles I ate in North Carolina… now I make them at home and spread it a lot! I know at least 10 of my friends make them now."

—u/Dedadrda

Tasty / BuzzFeed

Wanna try making fried pickles? Here are a couple of ways to make them:

Stuffed fried pickles recipe

Nashville hot fried pickles recipe

23.Mac & Cheese

<div><p>"I hate to sound like an ignorant foreigner but a made from scratch mac & cheese with at least three different cheeses plus a crispy breadcrumb crust on top is one of my favorite American dishes."</p><p>—u/<a href="https://go.redirectingat.com?id=74679X1524629&sref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.buzzfeed.com%2Fandyneuenschwander%2Ffavorite-american-foods-of-non-americans&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.reddit.com%2Fuser%2FMona_Moans%2F&xcust=6250691%7CBF-VERIZON&xs=1" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Mona_Moans" class="link "><u>Mona_Moans</u></a></p></div><span> Tasty / BuzzFeed</span>

"I hate to sound like an ignorant foreigner but a made from scratch mac & cheese with at least three different cheeses plus a crispy breadcrumb crust on top is one of my favorite American dishes."

—u/Mona_Moans

Tasty / BuzzFeed

Listen, I'll link a few recipes here, but you might want to check out all the mac and cheese recipes here as well:

Basic mac and cheese recipe

Momma's deep-dish mac and cheese

Truffle mac and cheese

Vegan mac and cheese

Is there a food that you think Americans do better than anyone else? Let us know in the comments!