Where to get it: Ohio
What it is: It’s easy to mistake Cincinnati chili for spaghetti sauce, since it’s meaty, saucy, and, well, served on spaghetti. Or on hot dogs. Or just in a bowl. No matter what, it packs a lot of spice -- cloves and allspice figure into a lot of recipes -- and is at its best when served up five-ways: piled on spaghetti and covered in shredded cheese, onions, and beans. Skyline is the most famous, but it’s everywhere, and no two recipes are the same.
Where to get it: South Dakota
What it is: Some of our writers (unfairly!) dissed SoDak’s food culture, but dammit, if anything they’re keeping the toothpick industry afloat with chislic. Simply put, it’s little meat cubes that take a swim in a deep fryer, get punched with salt/garlic/whatever, and then get skewered with toothpicks for easy eating. Be it beef, venison, or lamb, chislic is essentially kebabs without all the stupid veggies, and it’s wonderful.