Nebraska may not be known worldwide as a center of haute cuisine, but we sure do know how to make some amazing down-home dishes. These iconic dishes were all either invented or perfected in Nebraska (because we improve everything we try our hands at, of course). Looking to give your friends or family an authentic Nebraska dining experience? These foods are your answer.
1. Pork tenderloin sandwich
This wasn't invented here, but DANG it tastes amazing at all of our local hole-in-the-wall restaurants.
2. Rocky Mountain oysters
We may not be in the Rocky Mountains, but thanks to all of Nebraska's ranches we have an abundance of the raw material for making these.
3. Dorothy Lynch dressing
Try it on fries, chicken, fish, steak, sandwiches, vegetables...maybe just stick a straw right into the bottle. It's that tasty.
This is technically a beverage and not a food, obviously, but it's a Nebraska invention and it's a vital part of any Nebraska foods feast.
5. Raisin pie
When I was a kid, I worked at the church food stand at the county fair every year with my grandma. Raisin pie was one of the most popular sellers - and chances are that if you live outside of the Midwest you've never heard of it.
Nebraska doesn't have a signature barbecue style like Kansas City, Memphis, or the Carolinas, but that doesn't mean we can't cook up a mean rack of ribs that'll make your mouth water.
Huge, juicy, tasty steaks from happy cows raised right here in Nebraska. There's no tastier beef!
8. Cheese frenchees
Or frenchies, or frenchys, or however you like to spell them. They're basically deep-fried grilled cheese sandwiches, and they will rock your world.
9. Reuben sandwiches
Another Nebraska invention, the Reuben has gained nationwide popularity. Some other states have tried to claim it as their own iconic dish (we're looking at you, New York), but we know the truth.
10. Cheeseburger pizza
It took a Nebraskan to come up with the brilliant idea to combine two of the best fast foods in the world: pizza and cheeseburgers. The result is crazy delicious.
11. Butter brickle ice cream
Did you know this was a Nebraska invention as well? You can get butter brickle ice cream all over the country now, but it was invented at the Blackstone Hotel in Omaha - the same birthplace as the Reuben.
How could we leave out Runza? If you're in a pinch for time, go to the restaurant. If you've got time to spare, make your own homemade cabbage and beef bierocks - the German meat dish Runzas were based on.
Well, there you have them: some of the most Nebraskan foods you’ll ever find. What do you consider to be the most iconic Nebraska dishes?