What’s more American than voting and Veteran’s Day? Pizza and ice cream just might take the win. While some would argue the difficulty in defining American cuisine, there are many foods we can all agree are universally beloved.
According to a recent survey by The Harris Poll there are a few standouts that cross gender and generational lines as favorite comfort foods in America.
- Ice Cream
- Macaroni & Cheese
- ‘Mexican’ food
The Economic Research Service through the USDA further explores this topic by providing a current list of actual food consumption in the U.S. Americans are eating more potatoes and tomatoes than any other vegetable. Apples and bananas top the list of most eaten fresh fruits.
Why do Americans love these foods so much? Generally, people site an exceptional enjoyment of foods that remind them of their childhood. Many people also admit to eating these favorites when they are stressed or have had a bad day. Others suggest these foods are used in a celebratory manner when the day has be great or something exciting has happened.
So, how does this information translate to your menu? You now have a fact-based listing of dishes and ingredients that are sure to sell in any restaurant. Let these foods inspire you. Take them and make them uniquely your own to drive up business. Start with the base of any favorite listed and make it interesting by adding a secret ingredient or taking inspiration from another culture.
When you put on that chef coat the possibilities are endless. One way to get diners in the door is with the promise of a nostalgic, unforgettable culinary experience.