Where to get them: Upper Michigan
What they are: Sure, pasties -- that’s “pah-stees,” not “pay-stees,” which are what strippers wear in PG-13 movies -- originated in England, but Yoopers perfected them. A hearty treat that’s easy to freeze, pasties are essentially gigantic hand pies stuffed with root vegetables (rutabaga is a key ingredient) and meat, most often beef. You can score one with gravy if you want to be called a troll (Yooper slang for people who live below the Mackinac Bridge), or just dip it in ketchup.
Where to find it: The greater Cleveland area
What it is: Sure, kielbasa is great and all. But it’s even greater when it’s deep-fried (everything is), then topped with fries, coleslaw, and hot sauce. Some variations on Cleveland’s contribution to diabetes also include chili, cheese, pork shoulder, and other toppings. No matter what you go with, you’re not walking away clean.