Neman: What are the best foods in the world? | Food and cooking

You won’t hit a single American dish until you get to No. 21, barbecued ribs. Before that, you’ll find such worldwide popular favorites as gyros, risotto alla Milanese, lasagna alla Bolognese, tom yum soup, ceviche and pasta carbonara.

I just now realized this: Five of the top 20 dishes are from Turkey (adana kebap, doner kebab, sarma, dolma and kofte) and five are from Italy (margherita pizza, risotto, lasagna, tagliatelle al ragu and pasta carbonara).

Maybe that tells us something about where many of the TasteAtlas voters live.

The best place in the world to get barbecued ribs, incidentally, is listed as Killen’s Barbecue in Pearland, Texas. I have been to Pearland, and it did not seem like the sort of place that would have the best anything in the world.

The other top traditional foods in the world from America, according to the Turkish-Italian voters on TasteAtlas, are fajitas (No. 31, and they say the best version in the world is at Ninfa’s in Houston), cheeseburgers (No. 56, they say the best is at a Brooklyn restaurant called Emily), fried chicken (No. 86, at Prince’s Hot Chicken in Nashville, which is a specific kind of fried chicken), New England clam chowder (No. 87, at Swan Oyster Depot in San Francisco), New York-style pizza (No. 89, at Totonno’s Pizzeria Napolitana in Brooklyn), chili con carne (No. 98, at Woodyard Bar-B-Q in Kansas City) and jambalaya (No. 100, Jacques-Imo’s in New Orleans).

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