Ever heard of Rocky Mountain Oysters? It’s unlikely that there are many real oysters that come from the state since it’s landlocked, but at least they have these. Before you reach for the dipping sauce, make sure you know what you’re getting into.
Do you know the difference between a bull and a steer? Well, a Rocky Mountain Oyster is the difference. Yes, if you’ve ever had this famous Colorado snack, you enjoy some deep-fried bull testicles. I’ve never…enjoyed this treat, but they seem to be popular enough to get offered to visitors to the state. I have to guess it’s often just a gag to watch their face.
Arkansas -- Chocolate Gravy
Made from fat, flour, cocoa powder, and sugar, chocolate gravy doesn't sound too bad if it's a topping for ice cream or cake. But in Arkansas, it goes on plenty more, like steak, mashed potatoes, and turkey. If you're feeling adventurous and your traditional brown or white gravies have lost their appeal, take a spin on this Arkansas delicacy and see if you end up liking it.
The words “chocolate gravy” give all of us pause, but there are plenty of southerners who swear by it, and it's simple to make, too. We can't argue it sounds great on top of a pile of hot biscuits.
California -- Burritos With French Fries
Burritos: good. French fries: good. Together? Well, I don't know. I've never tried this unexpected food combo, and there aren't many places that offer it outside of the west coast. You might not think this is all that odd, but the french fries are actually going IN the burritos, not just served on the side.
The latter seems almost sensible, but the former is much more of an acquired taste. Some people from the state maintain that it isn't THAT weird – burritos usually have rice inside them, and they often come with tortilla chips, so why not fries? I'd be open to trying it.
Georgia -- Pear Salad
Right out of the gate, this doesn't sound that bad at all. Salad is good, and pears are great. How could you go wrong? Well, this southern dish also includes mayonnaise, shredded cheddar cheese, and maraschino cherries. They're a constant sight at family gatherings in Georgia.
This dish is simple to make and light on the tongue, but the mixture of sweet fruit and heavy dairy is going to be a strange one unless you're used to it. They're good as a side dish or as hors d'oeuvres, so if you happen to be attending a family gathering in Georgia, keep your eyes open for this odd combo.
Hawaii -- The Loco Moco
If you're familiar with the Spanish language, you might be laughing at the name of this dish – it translates to the crazy burger. There are a number of variations of a dish that has made a name for itself in the island state, but here's how it usually goes: white rice, with a hamburger patty on top of it, followed by a fried egg, and everything covered in brown gravy.
There are lots of restaurants that put their own spin on the dish, but they're all crazy. Just as the name suggests. Some use soy sauce or Worcestershire sauce, some use beef broth, some use chicken broth, but it's always a wild ride.