20 Delicious Regional Dishes Across America

In his 10th year eating his way around the world for Travel Channel, Andrew Zimmern travels across the United States to find the least known and most loved regional specialities that America has to offer for the latest season of Bizarre Foods. From Southern California barbecue to Finnish sweetbreads in the Midwest, get ready to dig into these appetizing local dishes.

 

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Andrew Zimmern in front of meat in Wisconsin

Andrew Zimmern in front of meat in Wisconsin

Andrew Zimmern poses for a picture in front of drying meat at Black Earth Meats in Black Earth, WI. 960 1280

  

Heart meat from an Emu bird in Wisconsin

Heart meat from an Emu bird in Wisconsin

The heart of an emu (one of the largest birds in the world, by height) from Valley View Emu Farm in Fennimore, WI. 960 1280

  

Andrew visits a meat manufacturer in Wisconsin

Andrew visits a meat manufacturer in Wisconsin

Andrew on the cut floor at Black Earth Meats. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern throws fish in Wisconsin

Andrew Zimmern throws fish in Wisconsin

Andrew throws a lake trout back into Lake Michigan since it is illegal to be kept by sports fishermen. 960 1280

  

Close-up of fish and guts in Wisconsin

Close-up of fish and guts in Wisconsin

A Wisconsin tradition, fish-in-the-guts prepared by cooking whole whitefish in its own fat. 960 1280

  

Andrew looks on as a roasted lamb is prepped in Wisconsin

Andrew looks on as a roasted lamb is prepped in Wisconsin

Andrew samples a fresh cut of roasted lamb from his Serbian-American hosts. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern preps for a fish boil in Wisconsin

Andrew Zimmern preps for a fish boil in Wisconsin

Demonstrating a traditional Door County fish boil technique, Andrew tosses kerosene on open flames, heating a cast-iron kettle to force a boil over. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern shows off his fireman's helmet

Andrew Zimmern shows off his fireman's helmet

Andrew shows off his new fireman's helmet from the Two Rivers Fire Department in Two Rivers, WI. 960 1280

  

A preserved cow's stomach in Wisconsin

A preserved cow's stomach in Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin-Madison professor of animal sciences David Combs shows Andrew a preserved cow's stomach. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern removes his hand from a cow in Wisconsin

Andrew Zimmern removes his hand from a cow in Wisconsin

Andrew removes his arm from the cow's stomach by way of the cannula. 960 1280

  

Andrew eats a Serbian-American meal with Wisconsin locals

Andrew eats a Serbian-American meal with Wisconsin locals

Andrew enjoys a traditional Serbian-American meal with his hosts in Mukwonago, WI. 960 1280

  

A Serbian casserole in Wisconsin

A Serbian casserole in Wisconsin

Sarmica, a casserole-style dish featuring lamb intestines, heart, liver, lungs, spleen, as well as onions and rice, is ready to be eaten at a Serbian-American family gathering. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern samples a chicken-and-lettuce mayonnaise soup in Wisconsin

Andrew Zimmern samples a chicken-and-lettuce mayonnaise soup in Wisconsin

Andrew tries a chicken-and-lettuce mayonnaise soup prepared by chef Tory Miller at L’Etoile in Madison, WI. 960 1280

  

Nam khao tod, a Laotian dish, in Wisconsin

Nam khao tod, a Laotian dish, in Wisconsin

Nam khao tod, a Laotian specialty made of crispy rice with minced sour sausage, cilantro, mint, lime juice and peanuts. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern eats pho in Wisconsin

Andrew Zimmern eats pho in Wisconsin

Andrew and chef Tory Miller eat pho, a Vietnamese noodle soup with various cuts of beef and beef stomach at Ha Long Bay in Madison, WI. 960 1280

  

Selfie in Ho Chi Minh City

Selfie in Ho Chi Minh City

Just a little selfie with my unsure friend Kikki Le as we consider our next meal: rice field rat. 960 1280

  

Clearing the Rice Fields

Clearing the Rice Fields

Outside of Ho Chi Minh City, 2 rice farmers clear the land before we hunt for rice field rats. 960 1280

  

Prized Possession

Prized Possession

One of the rice farmers, just outside of Ho Chi Minh City, is showing off his catch. 960 1280

  

Rat Meat on the Grill

Rat Meat on the Grill

This grill might look rudimentary, but it definitely gets the job done. That lemongrass spear isn't just a garnish - it's the tool used to baste the rat meat. 960 1280

  

Pig Brain Soup

Pig Brain Soup

This fresh pig brain soup was being sold right on the street by one of Ho Chi Minh City's ubiquitous vendors. 960 1280

  

Fresh Fish from the Mekong Delta

Fresh Fish from the Mekong Delta

These dried fresh fish from the Mekong Delta are being sold at Ba Chieu Market. Impressed by how perfect each little fish was prepped, cleaned and presented for sale. 960 1280

  

The Old & New Ho Chi Minh City

The Old & New Ho Chi Minh City

The old meets the new as a soaring skyscraper takes over the Ho Chi Minh City skyline. 960 1280

  

Bahn da Lon

Bahn da Lon

My new friend Sinh Nguyen's favorite food is bahn da lon, a sweet treat made from mung bean paste, rice flour, coconut milk and sugar. 960 1280

  

Herbs & Spices at Cho Ben Thanh Market

Herbs & Spices at Cho Ben Thanh Market

Cho Ben Thanh Market is a one-stop shop. You can find virtually anything you need including dozens and dozens of dry goods like these herbs and spices 960 1280

  

Breakfast Rolls at Ba Chieu Market

Breakfast Rolls at Ba Chieu Market

The French influence lives on in Ho Chi Minh City with these perfectly crafted breakfast rolls sold outside Ba Chieu Market. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern holds a sea cucumber in Alaska

Andrew Zimmern holds a sea cucumber in Alaska

Andrew Zimmern with a sea cucumber of the Dr. Seuss variety. 960 1280

  

Black bear wadding in the water in Alaska

Black bear wadding in the water in Alaska

Black Bear are a common sight at Gunnuk Creek, especially during salmon-spawning season. 960 1280

  

A plate full of food in Kake, AK

A plate full of food in Kake, AK

Andrew loads up a plate of goodies at a community potluck dinner in Kake. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern dresses in traditional Tlingit in Alaska

Andrew Zimmern dresses in traditional Tlingit in Alaska

Andrew is exposed to a little culture in Kake. Here, Andrew goes Tlingit style while dancing with tribe members. 960 1280

  

Close-up picture of humpback salmon in Alaska

Close-up picture of humpback salmon in Alaska

Fresh humpies! The humpback salmon are always fresh at Gunnuk Creek Salmon Hatchery. 960 1280

  

Andrew holds up 2 humpback salmon in Alaska

Andrew holds up 2 humpback salmon in Alaska

Andrew with John Oliva, manager of Gunnuk Creek Hatchery, proudly holding up 2 humpback salmon. 960 1280

  

View of Sitka Harbor in Alaska

View of Sitka Harbor in Alaska

The mountains and water meet for a gorgeous harbor view of Sitka. 960 1280

  

Andrew uses his fingers to eat sea urchin in Alaska

Andrew uses his fingers to eat sea urchin in Alaska

Andrew dives into fresh sea urchin. 960 1280

  

A bag of Stinkheads in Alaska

A bag of Stinkheads in Alaska

A close-up picture of a batch of freshly dug stinkheads. Stinkheads are fish heads that have brined in saltwater for a week on the beach. 960 1280

  

A close-up of abalone and gumboot in Alaska

A close-up of abalone and gumboot in Alaska

A close-up picture of fresh abalone and gumboot harvested near Sitka. 960 1280

  

Andrew holds a reindeer hotdog in Alaska

Andrew holds a reindeer hotdog in Alaska

What could be better than an Alaskan reindeer hotdog at the Farmers Market in Sitka. 960 1280

  

Close-up of seal meat in Alaska

Close-up of seal meat in Alaska

Fresh seal meat is on the menu in Kake. 960 1280

  

Andrew holds an octoupus in Alaska

Andrew holds an octoupus in Alaska

What gorgeous tentacles! Andrew holds up a fresh octopus captured in the waters near Sitka. 960 1280

  

Beautiful shot of Sitka Harbor and Andrew Zimmern in Alaska

Beautiful shot of Sitka Harbor and Andrew Zimmern in Alaska

Andrew enjoys the surroundings at Sitka Harbor. 960 1280

  

Beautiful picture of the mountains of Sitka, AK

Beautiful picture of the mountains of Sitka, AK

Morning mist creates a postcard picture in the mountains of Sitka. 960 1280

  

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