Though we often chalk American cuisine down to hamburgers and apple pie, in reality folks across the country indulge in foods far more diverse. Foursquare and Mapbox have created a new map that reveals what foods Americans are statistically eating more of in every state. To make the map, they used an algorithm that analyzed Foursquare’s data set of menus, tips, and ratings—which represent stats from some 55 million users and two million businesses worldwide over the span of six years—and zoomed in on the food and drink items that appeared to be “disproportionately popular” across the states. In addition to getting what was uniquely popular to each state, they were also able to use the algorithm to determine just how much more—represented as a percentage—individuals seek out that favored food or drink item as compared to the national average. So, what do New York inhabitants crave the most? Hint: It’s not pizza.
Avocado shortages be damned, because we just can’t seem to get enough avocado toast! Apparently we love it so much that it comes in 3,143 percent above the national average. Some other interesting tastes to emerge include Nevadans’ penchant for bottle service, Nebraskans and their mini corn dogs, Californians seem to crave Chinese chicken salad the most, and something called a Juicy Lucy burger appears to be wildly popular in Minnesota.
You can explore the map in more detail here and find out the best spots to procure these choice dishes.
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