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Midwestern originals: A select list of regional food and drink

Taco pizza, toasted ravioli, the Booyah, and more provincial pleasures from the 12-state region

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THE FOOD ISSUE: An exploration of midwestern cuisine

Midwestern Cuisine

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Illinois cuisine

Illinois

Beer Nuts

The Big Baby
(double cheeseburger)

Chicago-style hot dog

Chicken Vesuvio

Corn dogs

Deep-dish pizza

Depression dog

Flaming saganaki

The Freddy
(Italian sausage patty, long roll, red sauce, green pepper, mozzarella)

Fried turtle

Gyro cone

Harold's chicken

The horseshoe
(open-face burger, fries, and cheese sauce)

Italian beef

Jeppson's Malort

The jibarito

The Jim Shoe, aka Gym Shoe
(roast beef, corned beef, and gyros meat, chopped iceberg, tomato, "GUY-ro sauce," and often mayonnaise or yellow mustard on sub roll)

The mother-in-law
(corn roll tamale, hot dog bun, chili)

Rib tips and links

Shrimp de jonghe

Taco pizza

Tavern-style thin-crust pizza



Indiana cuisine

Indiana

Farm-raised shrimp

Persimmon pie

Pork tenderloin sandwich

Sugar cream pie



Iowa cuisine

Iowa

The Guinea grinder

Loose meat sandwiches

Taco pizza



Kansas cuisine

Kansas

Kansas City barbecue

Zwieback
(rolls)



Michigan cuisine

Michigan

Coney Island dog

The Cudighi
(Italian sausage, mozzarella, tomato sauce on a roll)

Pasties

Pawpaws
(fruit)

Sour cherry pie

Vernors ginger ale



Minnesota cuisine

Minnesota

Booyah
(a community stew)

Camel burger
(ground camel meat)

The Hot Dago
(Italian sausage, red sauce, mozzarella)

Hotdish
(casserole)

The Juicy Lucy
(a cheeseburger with the cheese inside the meat)

Lefse
(flatbread)

Lutefisk
(dried whitefish treated with lye)

Walleye



Missouri cuisine

Missouri

Barbecued snoot
(pig nose)

Fried brain sandwiches

Gooey butter cake

Kansas City barbecue

Lambert's throwed rolls

Saint Paul sandwich
(egg foo yong, onion, pickle, lettuce, tomato, white bread)

The Slinger
(a platter of eggs, hash browns, chili, cheese, and hamburger)

Toasted ravioli



Nebraska cuisine

Nebraska

The cheese Frenchie
(deep-fried cheese sandwich)

Runza
(bread pocket filled with meat or vegetables)



North Dakota cuisine

North Dakota

Chippers
(chocolate-covered potato chips)

Juneberry pie

Pitchfork steak fondue
(steak deep-fried in oil)



Ohio cuisine

Ohio

Buckeyes

Cincinnati chili

Graeter's ice cream

Goetta
(ground meat and oat sausage)

Opera creams

Polish boys

Sauerkraut balls



South Dakota cuisine

South Dakota

Bean bread

Chislic
(meat skewers)

Forestburg melons
(fruit)

Fry-bread tacos
(tacos made with Native American fry bread)

Knoephla soup
(chicken-potato soup)

Kuchen
(fruit tart)

Lakota pemmican
(dried meat, fat, and sometimes fruit)

Lakota popcorn

Tanka Bars
(Lakota fruit-and-meat energy bars)



Wisconsin cuisine

Wisconsin

Beer cheese soup

Brandy old-fashioned

Brats

Cheese curds

Fish boil

Fish fry

Frozen custard

Hot ham and rolls

Limburger

Pickled ring bologna

Supper-club prime rib



Have we left out your favorite midwestern delicacy? Tweet at us using the hashtag #midwestfood.


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