America is famous for its fried or greasy foods — foods that aren't just cooked in oil or butter or bacon fat or some other unctuous medium but that are cloaked in it, dripping with it, proudly shining with it. Every corner of the country seems to have its own greasy food traditions, and we've rounded up ten of the best.
Of course, greasy food isn't good for us. It has a much higher fat content than the non-greasy stuff, and generally offers us fewer nutrients while raising our cholesterol levels — therefore increasing our risk of heart attack and stroke. There's even an out-and-out greasy-food specialist in Las Vegas called Heart Attack Grill, home of the 10,000-calorie Quadruple Bypass Burger — whose owner once displayed what he claimed were the cremated remains of one of his customers, hoping, he said, to discourage people from coming to his restaurant and waking up to the obesity epidemic.
While greasy food is definitely not the healthiest choice, proponents of “everything in moderation” would agree that trying a deep-dish pizza or a chicken-fried steak here and there can’t hurt. Here, then, is a list of nine states and a great greasy dish each is known for. Consider picking one up on your next visit — or watch a friend devour one while making a tut-tut sound.
Buffalo Wings (New York)
Chicago-Style Deep-Dish Pizza (Illinois)
Deep-dish pizzas pack a lot more punch than regular slices – they’re usually about an inch and a half thick and covered with mozzarella cheese, which seems to melt into the dough. Other common toppings include pepperoni, onions, black olives, and sausage. A slice of deep-dish pizza with just pepperoni topping can be 360 calories or more a slice, whereas a regular pepperoni slice is about 298.