If you’ve ever vacationed in the beautiful Arizona desert, you may have noticed that vegetation is scarce but there are plenty of these 8″-long, yellow-green-colored spider-like pods hanging from the tree branches. As strange as these stringy legumes seem, they are actually edible. But just because something is edible doesn’t mean that it should be eaten… I mean, grass is edible, technically.
And they have the nerve to say that mesquite pods taste like “Skittles”. Yeah right. But at least you can say that the people of Arizona are quite open-minded…because no one could convince me to try this dry, wormy-looking twig. No. Won’t do it!
Wisconsin -- Beer Cheese Soup
Beer cheese is just plain disgusting. Chefs all over America keep trying to make it a thing. But it's just not! Do you know that there's something even worse than beer cheese? When it's made into soup.
Cheese should never be made into soup, and it definitely doesn't need beer in it to make it worse. Wisconsin, you're good with cheese. Just let it be cheese!
Wyoming -- Chicken-Fried Steak
I didn't previously think that chicken-fried steak comes from Wyoming. Chicken-fried steak is just wrong in too many ways to count. If you have a D-grade cut of meat, you must be able to do something better with it than just say "let's deep fry it and dump some gravy on top."
Eating it just feels like the food equivalent of laughing so as not to cry.
Arkansas -- Buffalo Ribs
Driving through the Ozarks region, you'll run into plenty of catfish joints, and some may even serve buffalo ribs. You're probably wondering how the heck they were able to hunt buffalo in Arkansas? As exciting as that may sound, you'll be disappointed to find out that it is just a fish actually. Yep, they may appear quite large to come from a fish, but that is just because buffalo fish aren't exactly goldfish.
So the next time you end up in Arkansas it's straight to the closest buffalo ribs joint, right? Wrong!
Connecticut -- New Haven Clam Pie
Pizza can be a sensitive topic, similar to politics, and there are a few schools of thought when it comes to how people prefer their cheesy pie. Some believe that a good pizza should be minimalistic, while others think it's all about the crust and the more topping the better...pepperoni, anchovies, pineapples...and in Connecticut, clams.
People from other states will never understand Connecticut's weird obsession with loading clams on everything. Most will agree that Clams are good, and even more, will agree that Pizza is delicious, but that doesn't mean they go together! Or does it? If you have the guts to try, please let us know. Thanks.