Leonard’s Bakery (address and info)
With respect to laulau, poke, loco moco, Spam musubi, and plate lunches everywhere, the most delicious of all the famously iconic Hawaiian foods has to be its take on the Portuguese donut known as the malasada. And no one in Hawaii has made them longer and better than Leonard’s, especially if you opt for the traditional sugar-covered, or feel like getting a little chubbier with the custard-style.
Idaho: French fries
Boise Fry Co. (address and info)
When we named Boise Fry Company’s original bison burger best in the state, we kind of knew the answer to Idaho’s best fries as well. And while the state does amazing things with other foodstuffs, the humble fry is forever associated with Idaho. Yes, still get that bison burger, but go in with the expectation that it might actually take a backseat to the spuds, which you can customize by potato type (sweet, purple, gold) and cut (regular, shoestring, homestyle, balls, and waffle are among the shapes), then pick seasonings and sauces that range from blueberry ketchup to roasted garlic. Basically, the options are limitless. Suddenly, the potato doesn’t seem so humble.