There’s no shared definition of traditional American cooking, but simple dishes like roast beef, fried chicken, grilled steak, stuffed turkey, meatloaf, corn on the cob, potato salad, apple pie, clam chowder, hamburgers, hotdogs and hot chicken wings would be on most lists. Trendy food items in the 2000s and 2010s include cupcakes, macaroons, and meatballs.
Cuisine in different parts of the United States developed independently. Each region was influenced by the nationality of colonists who settled in the area and by the ingredients locally available. So, if there is a national American cuisine, it exists in regional form.
New England is the land of Yankee pot roast and Boston baked beans. When visiting New England sample the seafood and be sure to try New England clam chowder and Maine lobster. Pacific and Hawaiian regional cuisine covers everything from wok-charred ahi tuna, opakapaka with passionfruit to Hawaiian island-raised lamb and beef. American Midwest cuisine covers everything from barbecue to the Chicago-style hot dog. The American South cuisine is characterized by farm-style cooking with plenty of deep fried foods, heavy sauces and sweet desserts. Southerners love barbeque, but unlike westerners, they do not favor sweet tomato-based sauces. The Northwest relies on local seafood, while in the South, Mexican flavors are extremely common.