Huffington Post and Yelp teamed up to find which cuisines are the most common in each state using restaurant listings on Yelp. Yelp calculated the percent of total restaurants each cuisine represented in a given state, and then compared that to the percent of representation nationwide.
In Pennsylvania, there is a disproportionate amount of Cheesesteak restaurants, meaning the percent of Cheesesteak restaurants in the state is much greater than the percent of Cheesesteak restaurants nationwide. In fact, there are 260 percent more Cheesesteak restaurants in the state than the national average.
- Cheesesteaks — 260 percent higher than national average.
- Pizza — 60 percent higher than national average.
- Italian — 49 percent higher than national average.
- Diners — 46 percent higher than national average.
- Delis — 45 percent higher than national average.
Southern cuisine was the most popular, with eight states–all in the Southeast–having a disproportionate amount of that type of food.
Some of the more surprising results showed that Portuguese foods is unusually popular in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Jersey, while Vietnamese is popular in Washington and Pakistani food is hot in Illinois.
The most obvious results? Tex-Mex was the most disproportionate food in Texas, while Hawaiian was in Hawaii.
Check out the map below and let us know if you’re surprised by some of the entries.