The quintessential American food is hard to pinpoint. We are, after all, a melting-pot of cultures, and the food we love to eat reflects that. Hot dogs are just crappy sausages, and sausage was originally imported from Europe. Pizza, while addictive, is far from being an American original. Even apple pie, the benchmark of Americanness, was actually brought over from England in the 1600s.
If anyone can tell us what’s stereotypically American, then, it would be an observer from an outside culture. Think about it: for those of us unacquainted with the intricacies of French cuisine, we’d say French food consists of baguettes, croissants, and stinky cheese, right? What better way is there to boil our vast food culture down then to look to foreigners whose impression of us is formed through the media we put out?
As it happens, Reddit user thecoolestguyonearth recently asked the question: “Non-Americans, what would you consider ‘American Food’?” 8,293 comments later, and the answers are…actually sort of surprising. Root Beer, sloppy joes, and sewer pizza?
Read on for some of the best the thread had to offer: