You might know the location of America's Bible belt, but how about its steak belt? This cool map of the quirkiest restaurant trends around America from The Huffington Post's Alissa Scheller and Harry Bradford will show you.
This map doesn't show the most popular cuisine in every state -- that would probably be pizza, American or Italian. Instead, it shows the most disproportionately popular cuisine, so the type of restaurant that is relatively common compared with the national average. To get the data, business review app Yelp analyzed restaurant listings for each state, then calculated the percentage of total restaurants that each cuisine represented. (Click on the map to see a larger version.)
In the District, Belgian food shows up disproportionately -- 1,711 percent higher than the national average, according to the data. That is followed by Ethiopian (1,560 percent higher than the national average), African (555 percent higher), food stands (332 percent higher) and French (250 percent higher).
In New York, kosher food tops the list at 414 percent higher than the national average, followed by halal (233 percent higher), Spanish (206 percent higher), Caribbean (158 percent higher) and delis (117 percent higher than the national average).
In California, Asian food dominates the menu. Taiwanese food ranks first, at 264 percent higher than the national average, followed by Filipino (226 percent higher), Vietnamese (143 percent higher), Korean (143 percent higher) and Hawaiian (125 percent higher).
No surprises in Texas - Tex-Mex ranks highest (174 percent higher than the national average), followed by Cajun (171 percent higher), BBQ (89 percent higher), Mexican (85 percent higher) and chicken wings (64 percent higher).
Some of the ranking aren't that surprising: Mexican food tops the list in New Mexico and Arizona, seafood wins out in Maine, and the South is dominated by, well, Southern food. A steak belt runs through Nebraska, South Dakota, Wyoming and Montana.
Pennsylvania is famous for its cheesesteaks, Florida for its Cuban food and Louisiana for its Cajun food. Colorado, one of America's most health-conscious states, has a disproportionate amount of gluten-free grub.
Some of the other results are more interesting, and suggest the influence of immigrants. Pakistani food stands out in Illinois, while German food tops the list in North Dakota. Filipino food is disproportionately popular in both Alaska and Nevada.
Peruvian food tops the list for both Virginia (162 percent higher) and Maryland (200 percent higher), while Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Jersey all have disproportionate numbers of Portuguese restaurants. Vermont and Idaho are known for their gastropubs. West Virginians, with its refined tastes, like hot dogs. And for whatever reason, Ohio specializes in soup.
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