What Is The Most Popular Food In America?

Have you ever wondered what food Americans love most? Well it depends who you ask.

What Is The Most Popular Food In America?

What is America's most popular food? It's a reasonable question, and in this age of big data you might expect a simple answer. Well not so fast. The problem is there is no single source or reliable measure. So we decided to look at several studies to see if we can answer the question.

A great starting point is the food delivery giant Grubhub. Every year they produce a annual Year in Food Report which includes a list of the most popular items ordered on their platform. The top ten items are shown here with the percentages in brackets showing the increase in popularity from the previous year.

  1. bean burrito (276% more popular)

  2. poke (205% more popular)

  3. chicken slider (189% more popular)

  4. baby back pork rib (165% more popular)

  5. chicken burrito (164% more popular)

  6. chicken sandwich (160% more popular)

  7. cauliflower rice bowl (155% more popular)

  8. chicken and waffle slider (145% more popular)

  9. parmesan chicken (139% more popular)

  10. buffalo cauliflower (124% more popular)

For those of you surprised by the absence of pizza and burgers, remember this list is for delivery from the Grubhub platform. It ignores the many pizza companies that have their own delivery services, and the millions of us using drive-thru lanes. It also ignores people dining in restaurants.

Another way to answer this questions is to consider the most ordered dishes at some of America's top chain restaurants.

  • Hard Rock Cafe – Legendary Burger

  • Outback Steakhouse – Special Sirloin

  • Red Lobster- Cheddar Bay Biscuits

  • TGI Fridays – Loaded Potato Skins

  • California Pizza Kitchen – BBQ Chicken Pizza

  • Cracker Barrel – Hash Brown Casserole

  • Cheesecake Factory – Avocado Eggrolls

  • P.F. Chang’s – Lettuce Wraps

  • Red Robin – Royal Red Robin Burger

  • On the Border – Sizzling Fajitas

  • Olive Garden -Fettuccine Alfredo

  • Noodles & Co. – Wisconsin Mac and Cheese

  • Maggiano’s Little Italy – Mom’s Lasagna

  • IHOP – Breakfast Sampler

  • Friendly’s – Honey BBQ Chicken Melt

  • Chili's – Old Timer With Cheese

  • Carrabba’s – Chicken Bryan

  • Applebee’s – Bourbon Street Chicken & Shrimp

  • Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. – Forrest’s Seafood Feast

  • Boston Market – Rotisserie Chicken

  • Bonefish Grill – Bang Bang Shrimp

Next up we could examine the most ordered menu items from the largest fast food chains.

  • McDonald's - Fries

  • Chipotle - Chicken burrito bowl

  • Chick-fil-A - Waffle fries

  • Arby's - Classic roast beef

  • Raising Cane's - Chicken fingers

  • Domino's - Pepperoni pie

  • Panera - Strawberry poppyseed salad with chicken

  • In-N-Out - Double Double Cheeseburger

  • Long John Silver's - Alaskan whitefish and fries

  • Potbelly - The wreck (4 meats with swiss cheese sub)

  • Firehouse Subs - Hook and Ladder (turkey, ham and cheese sub)

  • Pei Wei Asian Kitchen - Orange chicken

  • Del Taco - Crunchy Del Taco

  • Wendy's - Wendy's signature cheeseburger with fries

  • Smashburger - Classic smashburger

  • Panda Express - Orange chicken

  • Taco Bell - Crunchy beef taco

  • Little Caesars - Pepperoni Pizza

  • Subway - Six inch turkey breast sub

  • Carl's Jr - Spicy chicken sandwich

  • Hardee's - Sausage egg biscuit

  • Dunkin' Donuts - Glazed, chocolate glazed, Boston kreme, jelly-filled

Finally, for our unscientific survey we could check Google's top 10 most searched recipes in the U.S in 2018

  1. Pecan Pie

  2. Hummingbird Food (literally food to feed to hummingbirds)

  3. Meatloaf

  4. Beef Stroganoff

  5. Pork Chops

  6. Chicken Parmesan

  7. Scalloped Potatoes

  8. Lasagna

  9. Brussel Sprouts

  10. Snickerdoodle Cookies

So, to answer the question, (drumroll please): The most popular food in the U.S. in 2018 was - SEE LISTS ABOVE!

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