If I ask you to point a restaurant specializing in American cuisine here in Jakarta, where would that be? The first name that came up in my mind is Chili’s, but FYI, Chili’s is more into Tex-Mex style cuisine rather than “American cuisine” in general.

American cuisine, like all other cuisines, is definitely unique, and because there are 50 states to visit, there are also local cuisines that you can indulge in throughout the country. Some foods, though, are must-try American items that you should indulge in at least once in your lifetime. So, what foods made this list? Continue reading to find out and to see how many of them you have already tried!

Key Lime Pie

For a delicious treat at any time of day, you must try a slice of tart yet sweet key lime pie. This is the official pie of the state of Florida, and it is best enjoyed in the Florida Keys, where the key limes that are used in the ingredients can be found.


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Invented in the Old World, bagels have really been perfected in America, especially in New York. In fact, many people who live in the New York and Northern New Jersey area find that bagels simply are not the same anywhere else in the country.

What makes New York bagels so special? The balance of magnesium and calcium in the water allows for the bagels to be soft on the inside and crispy on the outside. So if you are planning a trip to the Big Apple, be sure to try a bagel, which comes in a variety of flavors and can be enjoyed with everything from scrambled eggs or tofu, to cream cheese and more.


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Banana Split

Looking for a cold treat to cool you off in the hot weather? Then try a banana split, which is an ice cream sundae that originated in the early 1900s. Featuring a banana, ice cream, and all of your favorite toppings, this is definitely a sundae that is attempting to be a bit healthier with the inclusion of more fruit.


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Apple Pie

When visiting an American restaurant or bakery, view their menu to see if they offer apple pie as a dessert. It is likely that this classic American food will be available so you can indulge in its sweet flavors. In fact, even some fast food chains carry slices of this delicious treat, which can be enjoyed at any time of the year but is most popular in the fall when the largest variety of apples are in season.

Homemade Organic Apple Pie Dessert

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Chicago Style Deep Dish Pizza

Sure, New York is known for its bagels, but it is also known for its pizza. But just because New Yorkers have access to some of the best pizza in the country at all times does not mean that it is the only style of pizza you can indulge in. Instead, give Chicago’s famous deep dish pizza a try to change things up. Rather than thin slices, this pizza is baked in a deep pan, giving you even more yummy crust to enjoy.


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Deep Dish Pizza

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With so many classic American foods to try, and with every state offering its own variation of the best versions of these foods, there is definitely something delicious to enjoy for every meal of the day.

So, how many have you tried? 😉


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