America has a big appetite. From baseball stadium hotdogs to celebrity-owned eateries and the city with the most restaurants per capita, scrumptious San Francisco, the USA truly has something to satisfy everyone's taste for travel. Let your stomach steer you on a culinary journey around the States, making sure to sample these five decidedly American dishes.
New York Cheesecake
Many will argue the New York variation is cheesecake in its purest form, baked using only cream cheese, cream, eggs and sugar. The Empire State's sweet tooth was truly tempted in the 1900s, thanks to restaurateur Arnold Reuben, inventor of the equally iconic layered Rueben sandwich. Indulge at Eileen's Special Cheesecake on Cleveland Place, Lower Manhattan.
New England Clam Chowder
While clam chowder is no longer reserved to holy Fridays, it remains a time-honoured dish in the northeastern corner of the United States. When it's done well, chowder made with cream, potatoes, onions and clams is guaranteed to warm your cockles. Crumble your crackers into the broth at Neptune Oyster on Boston's Salem Street.
Louisiana Po' boy
The submarine sandwich that trumps them all is undoubtedly the po' boy – crispy fried shrimp piled high on soft French bread. Load up on carbohydrates with a French fry and gravy po' boy, or play it safe with roast beef. Order your sub with all the fixin's at New Orleans' Acme Oyster House on Iberville Street.
Chicago Deep Dish Pizza
Putting the 'pie' in pizza pie, the Chicago deep dish pizza is identified by its three-inch-high crust. The cake-like creation has been oozing its cheesy goodness since the 1940s, and what better place to grab a slice than at the birthplace of the deep dish, Pizzeria Uno on East Ohio Street?
Florida Key Lime Pie
The limes growing throughout the Florida Keys are the star of the show in the Official Pie of the State of Florida. An ingenious solution to sweets at sea, the citric acid 'cooks' the mixture of egg yolks and condensed milk. Try a piece at Kermit's Key Lime Shoppe on Elizabeth Street, Key West.