The name doesn’t sound deterring but that’s because it’s a ploy to get you to eat it. Stay strong, resist the temptation. The Cincinnati chili is basically cinnamon-soaked half-liquid meat thrown over noodles that even Top Ramen would reject because of concerns with its quality. It’s then topped with enough shredded cheese to choke even a moose.
You know it’s extra bad when Cincinnatians get all defensive about it. Those Cincinnatians are not to be trusted!
Oregon -- Savory Ice Cream
Oregon is a happy hunting ground for the fancy ice cream craze that's taking America by storm. Savory ice cream sounds delectable, right? You plop a scoop of some ice cream in a bowl, maybe top it with a little chocolate sauce drizzle and chopped peanuts, and put on a good film. But Oregon's savory ice cream is on a whole other level of awfulness. While there are some savory flavors that suit ice cream well, i.g. maple bacon, there are others that don't.
Unsurprisingly, Portlanders discovered a way to ruin the ice cream. How? With ham-flavored soft serve. Bone marrow milkshakes. Tomato water olive oil sherbet (what even is "tomato water?"). Ice cream with turkey skin brittle in it. MY EYES. MY TASTEBUDS. ALL MY SENSES HURT.
Oklahoma -- Fried Okra
I hate to break it to you, Oklahoma, but there's not much you can do to Okra to make it edible. Not even deep-frying it. Okra looks like the consequence of a bet that God made with an angel that he could make humans eat anything he wanted.
The only good thing you can say about Okra (as we're trying to stay positive here) is that it's slightly better than the state from which it originates. But, there are definitely some pretty low standards there.
North Dakota -- Lutefisk
If you have to soak a fish in lye for an entire week, you probably shouldn't eat it afterward. That's just like a basic rule in life that you should know if you want to survive. Apparently, nobody let people in North Dakota know this. The consistency in this dish is essentially jelly, except there's no jelly, it's just fish.
The gelatinous end product of whitefish was introduced to the Midwest thanks to the same immigrant population that gave us high-SPF sunscreen which as of late has been declining. Go home, North Dakota, you're sick.
North Carolina -- Livermush
If you are going to create a gross dish, then you better be sure to give it at least an appealing name. But calling something that already looks disgusting "livermush"? Why in the world would you do something like that? You take any hope of the livermush actually being something great.
That's literally the same thing as calling your regional dish "vomitslorp," but there's nothing tasty about a combination of brain pieces, liver, and cornmeal. Don't be deceived by this Pop-Tarts look alike, they are not on the same level in the slightest.