19. Grilled cheese
Plastic-ish, perfectly meltable American cheese, oozing out of buttered, browned white bread = childhood in the US of A.
18. Deep-fried anything at a county fair in the Midwest
Oreos? Check. Butter? Duh. GUNS? Wait, no. Our ability to batter and fry pretty much anything is a true greasy toast to America’s collective creativity and love of the deep fryer. Eaten beneath the neon bulbs of a Midwest state fair makes it all the better. Points subtracted for cramps.
America is damn near perfect in the Fall -- apple trees, red leaves, HAYRIDES! -- and that first bowl of chili ushers in the season. We love it all: white bean chili, Turkey chili, bean chili, all-beef Texas chili.
16. Philly cheesesteak
Like New York or Chicago pizza, this is a prized, touted, cheesy, meaty food that locals will claim you can only get right when it's made in its birthplace. But unlike those pizzas, a good cheesesteak actually is relatively hard to snag outside Philly, and the rivalry between cheesesteak shops in the town is one for the ages.