America is known for many things, one is its love affair with junk food. Not the usual junk you would associate with the well-known multinational companies but well done junk food that leaves you wanting more. After years of travel to over 50 countries, investigating and researching the best junk food, I bring you my findings, American junk food is the best! I’m not even American, I’m an Aussie, but nothing can compare to the greasy, cheesy, carb-heavy, junk food delights we can find in America.
Best Junk Food in the World
My home country of Australia has plenty of junk food, as do most western countries, but it’s mostly limited to the big chains with a few local specialities. Yes, we do have Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts, KFC and Maccas in Australia.
I would routinely go months without so much as touching any junk food back home. In fact, when we planned our US trip we were determined to avoid the junk here, despite being on a tight budget and without cooking facilities.
That all changed when we saw the sheer volume and variety of American junk food on offer. Everything from a Philly cheese steak, chilli cheese dogs, tacos, sloppy Joes, brisket burgers and my new favourite, nachos with the works.
Is This Now the World Travel Chef American Junk Food Tour?
Watching Man Vs Food had us inspired as we moved across Asia to try a few new foods but became a whole new challenge when we we docked in New York.
I loved the whole deli eating scene in NYC, I found a new deli to try every day. The huge slices of pizza at just $1 where some of the best I’d ever tried. The Philly cheese steak was another favourite as we headed upstate towards Canada via Philadelphia and Lancaster, PA.
American Junk Food IS Cheaper
We have on occasion stopped in the supermarkets to get the healthier options such as fresh fruit, cheese and yogurt, but the cost was usually higher than the neon lit delights along the US highways. But this does allow us to balance out the great with the good.
A limit of one large junk fest a day normally means we can skip a meal. We end up saving both ways.
Is My Fitness Suffering?
Most would assume that my fitness would have dropped, but the reality is that I’m still running sub 5 minute km which isn’t too shabby. I must admit that if I had to run more than about 12 km I wouldn’t feel so confident.
The sugars keep the pace but not the distance, is the rule. I guess I won’t be putting nachos into my saddle bag on the next ironman race.
Of course we have put on some winter pounds that have kept us warm in the current polar vortex that is sweeping the US. We were pretty skinny when we left Asia after months of healthy food, so nobody is too worried.
What’s Your Favourite American Junk Food?
We’re really enjoying our American junk food, there is plenty of variety and plenty of new things to try. What’s your favourite, can you recommend anything? Is there one dish that should be nominated as the best junk food in the world?