Dining June 12, 2016
These 12 Iconic Foods in Missouri Will Have Your Mouth Watering
If you don’t think you’re hungry, you will be after taking a look at this list of iconic Missouri foods. You won’t believe how delicious No. 2 is!
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1. St. Louis-style pizza
This is a love-it-or-hate-it dish—there's no in-between. To be considered St. Louis-style pizza, it must have a thin, crisp crust, Provel cheese and be cut into squares.
2. Toasted ravioli
Who doesn't love ravioli? St. Louis kicked it up a notch by deep-frying the delectable pockets of pasta stuffed with meat or cheese to crunchy, golden perfection. Dip it in marinara---we dare you not to love it.
3. Gooey butter cake
The name says it all—this sweet treat is gooey and buttery. Dusted with powdered sugar, it's an irresistible crowd-pleaser.
4. Kansas City barbecue
No matter what popular 'cue house you're loyal to, one thing is for sure: Kansas City-style barbecue is finger-lickin' addicting. It requires slowly smoked meats slathered in a thick tomato- and molasses-based barbecue sauce.
Although many ice cream shops sell concretes, an ice cream treat so thick it's like—you guessed it—concrete, the best (and original) example can be had at Ted Drewes in St. Louis.
6. Pork steaks
When St. Louisans (or Missourians, for that matter) say they want to grill up a steak, they may not be talking about the cow variety. Pork steaks, cut from a pig's shoulder, are usually cooked low and slow or simmered in barbecue sauce.
7. St. Paul sandwich
Invented in St. Louis Chinese restaurants and spread to other outposts in the state, this old-school classic sandwiches an egg foo young patty between two pieces of white bread. It's usually dressed up with pickle, onion, mayo, lettuce and tomato.
The savior of many late nights overimbibing, the slinger is a St. Louis classic made with eggs, chili. hash browns and a hamburger, T-bone steak or other meat.
9. St. Louis-style ribs
Can you tell yet that this state loves its grilled meats? St. Louis-style ribs are spare ribs with the sternum bone, cartilage and tips removed.
10. Red Hot Riplets
These crunchy potato chips are burn-your-face-off hot. Also: dangerously habit-forming.
11. Ice cream cones
Although (thankfully) now found all over the world, the ice cream cone made its world debut at the St. Louis World's Fair in 1904.
Yes, another meat product. This time, pig snouts are cooked until crispy and usually served with barbecue sauce.
You might not be ready to try out that last one (pig noses, anyone?), but the rest of these iconic Missouri foods are lip-licking delicious. Did we miss any of your favorites? Let us know in the comments!