50 Shirts That Rep the Most Iconic Food or Restaurant in Every State
Food T-shirts From All 50 states
When giving gifts to friends in far flung places, there's nothing better than repping the thing or things that make your home state unique.
This holiday season, instead of shipping out another round of, say, gift baskets or cookbooks from your home base, give friends a way to celebrate your favorite iconic food in wearable form. From coast to coast, we have something here from every state.
Any Alabamian worth their sweet tea knows that white BBQ sauce is king. Debate about the best sauce is fierce, but many vote for Big Bob Gibson’s, an iconic ‘que joint in Decatur.
We asked, you answered! We got a surprising number of votes (well, two) for Moose’s Tooth Pizzeria in Anchorage.
Every Arizonan knows the lure of cool, slushy eegee’s in the summer. You voiced your love, and we agree! (Well, the one Arizonan on staff agrees.)
Is there any other state in the Union that’s got such a tasty state treat? Chocolate gravy is what we heard about Arkansas, and all we can say is, can someone send us a recipe?
Come on. California. In n Out. It just works.
The only state with more breweries than Colorado? Much, much larger California.
The hamburger was invented at Louis’ Lunch. Does it get more iconic than that?
Several states claim scrapple for their own, but research tells us Delaware is where it originated.
The pastelito—a Cuban staple—has more than gained traction in Florida: it’s become iconic.
If you’re from Georgia, you know The Varsity. At least a dozen of you mentioned it to us, so here it is!
Loco moco is a Hawaiian institution, and you need it in your life. Barring that, here’s a T-shirt.
Okay, we tried to find a T-shirt with the iconic ice cream potato, but had no luck. So we have this cute t-shirt instead. Suggestions? Tell us on Facebook!
Though there were a few votes for Chicago’s iconic pizza, a few of you mentioned the famous horseshoe sandwich, which hails from Springfield!
We had a few votes for Wick’s Sugar Cream pies as an iconic food! While we couldn’t find a specific Wick’s-branded shirt, we did find this reminder of the sweet slices.
Follow the Pork Tenderloin Trail to sample the best of Iowa’s iconic pork tenderloin sandwiches. When you’re finished, you’ll receive this handsome shirt—which must be earned, not bought—making it an even more precious gift.
KC-style barbecue was the overwhelming response we got from you, and Joe’s Kansas City was the pick for the place.
Besides bourbon and Ale-8, is there any more iconic Kentucky food than the hot brown sandwich? We didn’t think so.
Is there any more iconic food than the muffuletta sandwich from Central Grocery? We thought not.
Our resident Maine expert in the office put out a big vote for Shipyard Brewing in Portland—he describes it as “capturing the spirit of coastal living with great seasonal brews.” And who could argue with that?
The only answer we received more than simply “Maryland crab” was “crab with Old Bay.” So in honor of that, here’s a cute, vintage-y tea for the Old Line State-er in your life.
Hey, who doesn't love pie? You apparently love Boston cream pie, so we thought this sweet slice was appropriate.
Coney dogs were invented in Michigan. 'Nuff said.
Many of your suggested the State Fair as the ultimate food destination in Minnesota.
Sweet tea is one of those Southern things that just isn't a cliché.
The iconic slinger sandwich was invented in Missouri, and Eat Rite Diner is where you told us to get them.
The Pickle Barrel has been making sandwiches in Bozeman for 30 years. You chose it; here it is!
The Reuben sandwich is SO iconic, often, we don't even stop to think about where it came from. Well, it came from the Blackstone Hotel in Nebraska. So this shirt seems entirely appropriate.
Okay, we admit it's a bit cheesy, but can you honestly say you don't love those lavish casino buffets?
Though the Granite State can lay claim to birthing a number of iconic foods, we just really, really like cider doughnuts.
Talk to anyone from New Jersey or Pennsylvania and they'll tell you: people are PASSIONATE about Taylor ham.
Say "food in New Mexico," and likely one thing comes to mind immediately: the iconic Hatch chile.
Sure, the Anchor bar wings of Buffalo are iconic, but we thought we'd give a shout out to New England chowder's under-appreciated cousin, Manhattan clam chowder.
This cherry and cola-flavored soda is a Southern institution that we're sweet on.
The only thing more comforting than this Midwestern dish is this super-soft shirt.
Coneys are notorious in Ohio for being piled high with Skyline's famous chili and cheese. Not exactly Cooking Light-approved, but delicious nonetheless.
Is there anything more comforting and perfect than chicken fried steak? Not in Oklahoma! (But we got a vote for fried onion burgers, too.)
Voodoo doughnuts—especially the bacon-maple bars—are a Portland staple. Give a taste of Oregon with this sweet tee (sorry, we had to).
This shirt showcases the four main Philly food groups: cheesesteaks, hoagies, soft pretzels, and scrapple.
It's the official state drink of Rhode Island for a reason—what's not to love about coffee milk?!
Though there are many great things about the Palmetto State, pimento cheese has to be at least in the top ten.
Chislic (cubes of red meat served on skewers) is the state food of South Dakota. Varieties of meat and game vary regionally within the state.
Hot chicken has gotten so popular you can find it most anywhere. But never forget that it was born in Nashville.
Any barbecue lover worth their salt knows about Austin institution Franklin barbecue.
Several mentions were made of James Beard-nominee Hell's Backbone Grill in tiny Boulder, Utah.
We know it's cliché, but hey, sometimes things are cliché for a reason.
Virginia is known for its distinctive style of ham, similar to the salty country ham found elsewhere throughout the South.
More than a few of you mentioned iconic Ivar's, a Washington-state institution.
West Virginians claim that the pepperoni roll was invented there... and we're not going to argue!
Simply too punny not to share, don't you think?
Trout may be the most Wyoming of foods, but even more Wyoming than that? Fly-fishing for it.