Every state in our gluttonously blessed union shines in its own way, and as always-hungry Americans, it's our solemn duty to find the single brightest source of that sparkle and take a big bite. It wasn't easy an easy task, but after polling our network of writers, friends, and distant family with strong opinions about hot tamales, we've compiled a list of the single food that you simply must eat in every state. Our criteria is admittedly loose. Some foods are the states' most famous exports, while others are icons that you won't see outside of their borders. For some dishes you want to go with the original that started it all, and other times a new-school innovator has taken things to a savory extreme that's just way more delicious. If you've got your own reasoning behind a different pick, let us know in the comments, as we always have room for seconds. Here are the must-eat foods in every state (and DC).