One thing you can always count on in Southern California is fresh and delicious cuisine presented beautifully. Here are 9 Southern California specialties that will make you feel right at home. Number 5 is my favorite. How about you – do you have a favorite on this list?
1. California Roll
It's no coincidence that one of the most popular sushi rolls in the country is named after the Golden State. You can find a California Roll on every sushi menu in the country, but they are most flavorful here in SoCal thanks to all of our fresh avocados.
2. In N Out
Whether you're a local to SoCal or just a visitor, odds are you've had the chance to devour an In N Out burger at some point. Let's not forget the hand-cut french fries and a thick milkshake. Yes, this is an artery clogging meal, but every bite is worth it.
Nothings says Southern California like a fresh, green avocado. In salads, on sandwiches, or even eaten all by itself with some salt and lemon. Pure SoCal heaven!
One thing you can expect from SoCal cuisine is that it's going to be beautiful. Presentation is everything in Southern California, especially when it comes to California fusion. What exactly is fusion cuisine? It's a culinary movement that combines ingredients from different styles of cooking and fuses them together to create a unique look and flavor, such as this Caribbean-Mexcian fusion dish pictured here.
5. Cobb Salad
This iconic Southern California salad was first made in Hollywood in the 1930s at the Hollywood Brown Derby Restaurant. It's named after the restaurant's owner, Robert Cobb, who came up with this delicious salad topped with bacon, chicken, egg, tomatoes, avocado, and blue cheese. You can count on this salad showing up on many restaurant menus throughout SoCal.
The smell of fresh citrus in the air is something many people who grew up in SoCal can still remember. Step into anyone's backyard in Southern California and you are likely to see an orange, lime or lemon tree. There's nothing more SoCal than plucking a piece of fresh citrus right off the tree.
7. Mexican Food
Anyone who has ever lived in SoCal then moved away will tell you the one type of food they miss the most is Mexican food. It's true that you can order Mexican food anywhere in the country, but it's never as flavorful and authentic as what you can find here.
SoCal didn't invent this dish, but we sure made it popular in the states. In Orange County especially, you can find a Pho restaurant on pretty much every corner. So what exactly is Pho? A Vietnamese soup made with beef broth and glass noodles along with thinly sliced beef or chicken.
9. Fish Tacos
Fish tacos are a SoCal specialty inspired by the tasty fish tacos found in the seaside taquerias in Mexico. Whether you like them grilled or fried, you can be sure that a fish taco in Southern California with a squirt of lime is one of the most delicious meals you can devour in this part of the country.
Mmmmm! Hungry yet? I don’t know about you, but I could sure go for a slice of fresh avocado right now. So many delicious things to feast on here in SoCal. Let us know if there’s anything else you think we should add to this list.