Here's a state ranking that guaranteed to cause offense and arguments. Thrillist employed a mysterious panel of judges (described as "omnivorous") to eat their way through state cuisines. They don't reveal their methodology, although locally grown crops and products like wine and whiskey are factored in. The rankings will only surprise you for certain places you feel strongly about, such as your home state. Kentucky didn't make the top half, but it also didn't make the bottom ten, as it usually does in state rankings. And I thought Louisiana was robbed. However, you learn some details about the states along the way.
Allegedly inventing the chimichanga by deep-frying a burrito definitely counts for something, and we're insanely fixated on Pizzeria Bianco. But it's hard to get excited about all those chains dotting the scorched landscape. If you happen to be elderly, advance this ranking seven spots up the list. If you happen to be a minority, drop Arizona 13 spots.
Indianapolis has come a long way in recent years, with establishments like the universally beloved Milktooth injecting some life into a far too chain-dominant dining scene. And when you're outside Indy, keep your eyes peeled for some sugar cream pie. Maybe skip the fried brain sandwich.