HIGHLIGHTS: A new list picked the most important FOOD INNOVATION from each state. Like sliced bread in Iowa . . . hot sauce in Louisiana . . . bourbon in Kentucky . . . and Chipotle in Colorado.
FULL STORY: America may not be good at inventing food, but we're FANTASTIC at taking food that already exists and making it better.
Thrillist put together a list of the most important FOOD INNOVATION from each state. And they did a pretty good job, because a lot of these are going to be pretty hard to argue. Well, except for North Dakota . . . they'll argue. Here are some highlights.
1. Colorado's most important innovation was Chipotle . . . the restaurant chain, not the spice. They also say Georgia's most important innovation was Waffle House . . . Massachusetts's is Dunkin' Donuts . . . and Washington's is Starbucks.
2. Iowa's is sliced bread. Yep, Iowa literally invented sliced bread. It was invented and patented in Davenport, Iowa.
3. Louisiana's is hot sauce.
4. Kentucky's is bourbon.
5. And North Dakota's is . . . unknown. The writers just said it's definitely NOT lutefisk, but they couldn't find anything else.
Yeah yeah, the proliferation of Starbucks has reached a point that it’s hacky and cliched to even joke about its ubiquity. But it’s undeniable that Starbucks meteoric rise permanently changed the way Americans think about and consume coffee, and without those green-and-white cups making more Americans stop and think “Hey, maybe I should actually give a shit about the coffee I’m drinking?”, you probably don’t have a market for that third-wave coffee joint that’s making you a pour-over while telling you that Starbucks is the devil, so give credit where credit is du