Huffington Post and Yelp created a map that shows what each state is eating the most of and by what percentage higher it is than the national average.

I don't think there are any major surprises here. I guess I thought BBQ would be higher than Cajun. Remember, this doesn't mean we eat more Cajun food than BBQ. It just means percentage-wise, we eat that much more than the national average.

  1. Tex-Mex -- 174 percent higher than national average.
  2. Cajun -- 171 percent higher than national average.
  3. BBQ -- 89 percent higher than national average.
  4. Mexican -- 85 percent higher than national average.
  5. Chicken wings -- 64 percent higher than national average.
There were some other odd food choices around the country. For instance, Utah ate more Hawaiian food (except for Hawaii) and Virginia ate more Peruvian food than any other state. Needless to say, it's an interesting list.

According to the Huffington Post article, this is how they figured out the averages:

To get the data for the map, Yelp first calculated the percentage of total restaurants each cuisine represented in a given state. Then, it compared each percentage with the cuisine's representation in restaurants nationwide. The resulting map, made by HuffPost, shows the cuisines with a disproportionate level of representation in each state.

Restaurants on Yelp can be placed into as many as three categories, so some restaurants may have been counted more than once. For instance, a Kosher vegetarian Chinese restaurant would count as three cuisines.