A Facebook friend shared a link to a list of “Every State in the USA, Ranked by Its Food/Drink.” They were thrilled that Tennessee ranked eighth. We do have some excellent food around these parts, especially BBQ. Memphis gets well-deserved recognition but I am fond of BBQ in East Tennessee too, which has the best features of Memphis and the best features of North Carolina style cooking.
The writers failed to recognize the good foods in the Dakotas. In 2011, my wife and I had an excellent bison burger in Medora and we discovered the great food at Culver’s in Rapid City. If I get the opportunity, I would enjoy going back to the Dakotas.
The article also dismissed Wyoming, which is another state I would like to visit again. The authors failed to consider the fancy resort town of Jackson Hole or even the nice restaurant near Old Faithful, where I had a good bison burger in 2010.
Before returning to the Great Plains, my wife and I hope to travel to the three states she has not yet visited: Alaska, Michigan and Oklahoma. I remember enjoying some halibut in Alaska in 2001 but I don’t have any particular memories of restaurants in Michigan or Oklahoma, both of which I visited on business.