For most Americans it’s foreign food that jumps to mind when they hear the word strange, but maybe it’s us Americans that make the weirdest dishes. Check out our top 10 strange American foods and get ready to chow down… or not!
1. Cuy (Guinea Pig)
This dish that originated on the west coast of South America is now a favorite in the boroughs of New York City. While no one really calls it guinea pig (because it makes you think of your childhood pet) that is exactly what it is. Originally it was supposed to be roasted, but now that it has become one of the strangest American foods, it is eaten fried more often.
In the Southwest United States you can find rattlesnake all over the place. It is super versatile meat that can be grilled, fried, roasted, or even put into sausages. The fried diamondback rattlesnake is a popular dish in Texas, and the most famous of rattlesnake dishes.
3. Turtle Soup
Louisiana has a culture all its own, and turtle soup is a huge part of it. Of the strange American foods that exist, turtle soup really makes you wonder what you’re eating. The meat comes from the upper and lower shells, called calipash and calipee respectively.
4. Brain Sandwiches
Indiana, USA is the home of one of the most bizarre and strange American foods. Deep fried brains, originally from a cow but now from pigs, date back all the way to the Dutch and German settlers who did not waste a thing. Today it has been made famous by the Hilltop Inn in Evansville.
Chopped, battered and deep fried testicles definitely deserve a spot on any list of strange American foods. The Western United States is the home of this delicacy, sometimes called Rocky Mountain Oysters. It is so popular that there is even an annual festival- The Testy Festy- in Montana to celebrate.
6. Deep fried Coke
Texas made this dessert famous serving it in more than 47 state fairs in 2007. Frozen coke flavored batter is deep fried and then topped with Coca-Cola syrup, whipped cream, cinnamon sugar and a cherry on top.
7. Alligator Fritters
Alligator fritters are a strange American food that you can actually find in more than a few places. Florida and Louisiana have made it most popular. It makes scary alligators look like familiar chicken nuggets- but the taste is most certainly a bit different.
8. Frito Pie
Frito pie makes plenty of appearances all over the South and Southwest of the United States. It is essentially chili cheese fries, without the French fries and plus the Fritos. This delicious pile of meat cheese and salty crunchy goodness is actually served in some cafeterias!
9. Emu Oil and Meat
Andrew Zimmern of the popular television show, Bizarre Foods, recently did a show in Wisconsin where he took a tour of a farm that produced these products. Emu oil is a red meat that is actually higher in protein and lower in calories than most other red meats. The oil comes from a pad of fat in the back of the emu. The oil can be eaten- or applied topically.
10. Smoked bear
Alaska has its very own set of strange American foods, but smoked bear definitely catches the eye. Black bear is high in protein, low in fat and cholesterol, and definitely grown in the wild. Native Alaskans eat a lot of big game, but you have to be careful with it because the big animals more often carry disease.
Have you tried any of these strange American foods? What did you think?