Thrillist.com just put together a list of the, quote, “101 dishes that changed America” . . . basically, the foods people in this country invented that became staples on our menus forever or started major trends. Here are some highlights:
The hot dog in 1916 . . . the Reuben sandwich in 1920 . . . cheesesteak in 1930 . . . chocolate chip cookies in 1936 . . . prime rib in 1938 . . . fried chicken in 1940 . . . deep dish pizza in 1943 . . . nachos in 1943 . . .
Filet-O-Fish in 1962 . . . Buffalo wings in 1964 . . . key lime pie in 1968 . . . California roll in 1970 . . . loaded potato skins in 1974 . . . chicken and waffles in 1975 . . . tableside guacamole in 1984 . . . Bloomin’ Onion in 1988 . . .
Americanized ramen in 2004 . . . kale salad in 2007 . . . Doritos Locos Tacos in 2012 . . . cronut in 2013 . . . and the most recent entry, rainbow-colored bagels in 2015.