Texas has the best food among the states according to the annual list of all 50 states by their food composed by thrillist.com.
Louisiana came in a close fourth with New York inching ahead at number 3, bested by California for the runner-up spot.
Thrillist says that the top spot is largely due to the variety Texas offers driven by its diverse culture.
The Lone Star State receives top scores for steak, barbecue, “tex-mex” and more.
The publication says that Texas is “having a national food moment.”
Some of the highlights of the state’s top ranking are:
“a barbecue scene that is the best in the world, thanks to not only the dominance and perfection of the craft of Central Texas-style brisket..”
“a Tex-Mex style of bastardized food that is admittedly delicious, and for a second in the late ’80s, was elevated into a national culinary craze..”
Four substantial cities with their own unique food scenes and styles:
Dallas’ “meat-centric steakhouses”
Houston’s ” incredible mix of ice house, seafood, and immigrant cultures”
Austin’s “best traditionally Texan barbecue and breakfast taco scenes, plus a food truck culture that continues to innovate”
San Antonio “filled with puffy taco joints, chorizo burger spots, the best overall Mexican food of any Texas city”
Closing out the top 5 are:
#2 California – “Sizzling Sonoran hot dogs and fresh fish tacos drizzled with crema and burritos stuffed with fries and Mexico City-style chilaquiles. Soba and udon noodles and karaage and gyoza. Mapo doufu and lazi ji and soup dumplings and egg tarts. Dosas and uttapams and chaat.”
#3 New York – “BUFFALO WINGS. Fresh Long Island seafood is spectacular. The bagels that NY expats won’t stop talking about really are that good”
#4 Louisiana – “muffulettas, po-boys, oyster Rockefeller, beignets, King Cakes, pralines, sno-balls, turtle soup, bananas Foster, BLACKENED REDFISH (RIP Paul Prudhomme)— and the legendary restaurants”
#5 Tennessee – “spicy chicken dish, barbecue, Yazoo’s and Wiseacres, Krystal”
The full list can be seen here.