My Favorite American Food (don’t read this while hungry)

I actually go through withdrawal of American food when I get back to India. Going through these photos was rough guys… but I did for it you… ;)

My favorite American Food

I flew in to Ohio and left for Florida just two days later. It was a press trip and they feed us bloggers well, that’s for sure. It was 10 days of food heaven. Then I went to Vegas, as well as more time back in Ohio.

Here were some of my faves. If you’re American I guess no explanation needed but stats show that only 38% of you are so I will put some captions on the stranger dishes.

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Space Coast Guide cocoa beachshrimp tacos!

west palm florida grease burgerThis sandwich was ordered mainly so us bloggers could take photos and even sharing it we couldn’t finish. The milkshake? Full of booze.

Below is Guy’s restaurant from Diner’s Drive-ins and Dives. You’ve got to try it in Vegas! It was my favorite of all the places I tried. I was working with their PR team so they wanted us to try a lot of dishes. I can’t even count how many they sent out! My friend was on a diet for her upcoming wedding and obviously had to put that on the backburner for the week – haha woops!

My Week in Vegas guys kitchen

gervasi vineyard top wineries in ohioThis was a meal from Gervasi Vineyard in Ohio. I love a good wedge salad and miss having such good iceburg lettuce while in India. The other dish is stuffed sausage hot banana peppers. I love spicy things and these were the bomb.

Nashville is known for food and these were some of my favorites, but I have a whole post coming on the best food in Nashville!

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Now for the Ohio food! Most of which was cooked by my mom. Some of the best dishes she cooked I ate too fast to photograph! My all time favorite lunch is tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches. The other pic to the right is called “country fried steak” and is kind of hard to explain, but it’s a Southern dish I think.Ohio 20163

ohio food5This delicious sandwich is bologna and it’s not just any bologna, but the best from G&R Tavern in Waldo, Ohio. This was the 5th time I had fried pickles since I’d been back… and it wasn’t the last. The other fried bits are mushrooms. My family and I love fried food and I don’t care if it’s unhealthy :p

ohio food4Dad’s homemade ribs are an all-time favorite and Ben can eat a rack of them by himself. It’s pretty impressive.  We usually get 1 rack for me and my mom and dad, but when Ben comes we get a second one just for him! That’s just one rack above, cut in half.

Below, is “sausage gravy biscuits” which is made with delicious sausage grease haha super way to start the morning and my mom’s specialty!
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ohio food9Dad’s chili could win contests. We top it with sour cream, cheese, and crackers. I have made this in India but found out the hard way that chili powder here is a hell of a lot more potent!

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Ohio 20165wings, stuffed potatoes, and spinach dip are American appetizers you have to try when you visit the USA!

In Ohio, but nowhere else, we have something called Skyline Chili and it’s chili on noodles with a TON of cheese on top. My mom makes it at home, but there is a fast food chain that originated it. Actually, it was a Greek guy who owned it back in the day and the meat sauce is very similar to the taste of a Greek lasagna, Pastitsio. At the restaurant you have to get the coney dogs.

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We did some Pinterest recipes and some kicked ass, while others were total failures. The little parcels below weren’t the best (biscuits with jalepeno popper dip inside). We tried another similar jalepeno popper dip recipe with crunchies on top and that was so good we had it twice! One I made and one that my BBF’s mom made.ohio food6

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ohio food14The other recipes above? Buffalo chicken dip (the bomb), taco dip, beer and cheeseburger dip (you have to try this one!), and Hawaiian ham and cheese sliders which are all over Pinterest and now I can see why. You will go through a lot of cream cheese and butter making these recipes. Americans love eating dips. It’s a fact.
Ohio 20164Panera was a must, and my mom’s pizza hoagies (the huge sandwich above on the right) I had to have twice. They are a specialty of Cincinnati and actually the “hoagie” beef is something we have to buy 3 hours South in my parents’ hometown because you can’t get it everywhere in Ohio and bring it home in a cooler when we go South to visit Grandma.

ohio food7Roadhouse salads and rolls… something I crave on the regular
ohio food13fair food: coneys, BBQ, Philly cheesesteak, fair fries, and lemonade… me and my parents went to the State fair which has a lot of activities, but for my dad and I it was only to eat.

Ohio 20167Ribs & green beans casserole with fried onions

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ohio food15Ben’s contribution: shepherd’s pie… my parent’s requested him to make it after they tried it while in India.. it’s the best!

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ohio food19mall food… Auntie Annes soft Pretzels and mall Chinese.. the best.. love me some MSG

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And lastly my birthday cake from Dairy Queen, made with ice cream. So, these are my favorite American foods! I am such a foodie (not the fancy kind because I think stuff like sardines and chicken liver pate are disgusting, but the “I like recipes on Pinterest kind” lol).

Now I’m back to Goan life and can’t have any of these things and it’s torture!! 

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Rachel Jones left a career in nursing to live on the beaches of Goa, India almost four years ago where she is now a travel writer. Her website gives advice on the 35+ countries she's been to but has become the go-to site for India travel, focusing on offbeat places & “glamorous travel”. Hippie in Heels has been featured in ELLE magazine, Tripadvisor, and Thomas Cook. Her blog is one of the top 50 travel blogs in the world based on traffic. She also enjoys writing for BravoTV.

10 Comments

  1. Kaushal Karkhanis December 5, 2016 at 10:19 pm - Reply

    thankfully i read this post dinner :D
    love the list, and here’s mine: http://exoticgringo.com/2013/08/foods-i-loved-in-the-usa/

    (biscuits and gravy is the best!)

    • Rachel Jones December 6, 2016 at 10:05 am - Reply

      Ahh I just saw your photo of it – I can’t believe you had biscuits and gravy! My mom makes the BEST! looks like you had a lot of good food in America too :)

  2. Colette December 6, 2016 at 1:11 am - Reply

    OMG I want to try all of these ! :D

    xoxo,
    Colette

  3. Tim UrbanDuniya December 7, 2016 at 3:08 pm - Reply

    Happy birthday!!

    Quite a few of these were new for me, but a lot of them I had heard of before, thanks to an “All American Diner” in Melbourne, Australia. Shrimp tacos are amazing too – but still prefer fish :)

    • Rachel Jones December 7, 2016 at 4:34 pm - Reply

      duuuude shrimp tacos > fish any day! lol and how funny there is an all american diner in melbourne! awesome.

  4. Justine December 7, 2016 at 9:07 pm - Reply

    Ah man. This post was just cruel ;) I miss American food (especially cheese!) every day in Asia!!

    • Rachel Jones December 8, 2016 at 10:36 am - Reply

      lol, it was cruel to myself writing it as well, then editing it, then reading it again before I posted it… *sigh …

  5. Laura December 8, 2016 at 4:40 am - Reply

    Girl! You must have one good metabolism! I always eat my body weight in New York pizza when I visit home – it’s one of the only things I can’t get here in Mexico City! And Bagels! ugh I miss bagels.

    • Rachel Jones December 8, 2016 at 10:41 am - Reply

      haah i do have a good metabolism thanks to my parents. NY pizza is SOO good.. and bagels oh man ! I get phildelphia cream cheese here in india for $12 a block and put it on shitty bread and basically cry because it’s just terrible

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