Forget official state foods [six years ago Missouri designated the ice cream as its official dessert], today we’re talking about the sum total of foods available in a given state. Thrillist unleashed an interesting post earlier this week, wherein the 50 states were ranked according to their available food and drink.
The website used four criteria in their rankings: what’s grown, what’s iconic, in-state alcohol production and the scene in cities. With those categories in mind, Kansas finished 36th and Missouri was just outside the top 10 at 12th. Kansas may have been a bit cheated — Thrillist admits it wrongly placed Oklahoma Joe’s in Missouri — while barbecue, the Boulevard Brewing Company and Perennial Artisan Ales raised the Show Me State’s profile. California claimed the top spot.
But the idea raises an interesting quandary. With Kansas, you get fried chicken (from Stroud’s to Brookville), goober burgers, Krizman’s sausage, El Camino Real, El Pollo Rey, povitica, and Cero’s Candies in Wichita. With Missouri, you get toasted ravioli, square pizza, frozen custard, cherry mash, the wine trail in Hermann, and Burgers Smokehouse (bacon, people. Bacon). If you could only have food and drink from either side of State Line, are you picking Kansas or Missouri?[Images via Facebook: Burgers Smokehouse, Stroud’s]