Texas Named America’s Number One FOOD State

Thrillist.com placed the state as No. 1 in its list of all 50 states ranked by their food.

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It will not surprise any Texan, but Texas has just been named the number one state for food! I knew that!

Leading ahead of California, New York and Louisiana, Texas has a ‘barbecue scene that is the best in the world’

Thrillist.com placed the state as No. 1 in its list of all 50 states ranked by their food.

Thrillist claimed that Texas’ diverse immigrant population ‘played a significant role in creating a unique culinary tapestry.’

Still, the foods that the state is known for – barbecue, steaks, Tex-Mex (including breakfast tacos and the iconic puffy taco), and a food truck culture – contributed to its title as the best food state in America.
Texas, Thrillist says, “is having its national food moment.”

Thrillist states:

Earlier this year, Brett Martin penned a beautiful love letter to the city of Houston. He convincingly made the case that it is the best food city in America basically for reasons that used to never make sense: It is sprawling and random and unregulated.

But amongst that sprawl, it also happens to have one of the most diverse immigrant populations in the country, and as anyone who’s ever watched Netflix documentaries about foodways knows, the best places to eat are always where the most different folks collide.

Normally you wouldn’t think of Texas on the whole as a place where diverse populations intersect, but rather a place where folks wearing big belt buckles meet folks wearing BIGGER belt buckles to buy American-made trucks to drive to high school football games.

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But just for a moment consider the glory that is the Texas food world:

A barbecue scene that is the best in the world,! Thanks to not only the dominance and perfection of the craft of Central Texas-style brisket at places like Franklin and Snow’s. But the fact that there happen to be several different styles of barbecue just in Texas alone.

A Tex-Mex style of bastardized food that is admittedly delicious, and for a second in the late ’80s, was elevated into a national culinary craze, once it was made fancier and marketed as “Southwestern.”

Four substantial cities with their own unique food scenes and styles:

Dallas’s perfection of the meat-centric steakhouse and hybrid, modern steakhouse (think Knife).

Houston’s incredible mix of ice house, seafood, and immigrant cultures, all often colliding at once.

San Antonio’s small but mighty scene (oh, also: it was named a “Creative City of Gastronomy by UNESCO”) filled with puffy taco joints, chorizo burger spots, the best overall Mexican food of any Texas city, and a growing nouveau food culture thanks to European-style food halls and young, modestly tatted chefs.

Austin’s ability to disguise itself in the clothes of the Good Food Revival Movement and be seen as the most non-Texan place in Texas draws chefs from all over the country to come and try their hands (nothing is more illustrative of this point than the fact that Detroit-style pizza basically first became popular nationwide thanks to Austin), WHILE maintaining the best traditionally Texan barbecue and breakfast taco scenes, plus a food truck culture that continues to innovate.

All of this is to say: Texas is having its national food moment. It may be time to get a bigger belt to go along with that buckle.

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West Virginia and North Dakota came in last:

WV: Almost heaven…

Does not describe the flavor of a state where a glorified Hot Pocket is the signature food and road kill is probably top five.

ND: Buffalo burgers!

Um… outdated Fargo jokes! Um… damn, North Dakota makes South Dakota look like France, doesn’t it?

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