Typical American food is different across the country. New England is known for seafood, particularly lobster, and a creamy soup called clam chowder made with clams and potatoes. The Southern states are known for “soul food” like collard greens (leafy greens), chicken and dumplings, black eyed peas and cornbread. Grits (ground, boiled corn) is a popular breakfast dish in the South. The Midwest has historically been a beef and grain producing area so meats, potatoes and breads are traditional foods here. The city of Chicago in Illinois is also famous for it’s deep-dish pizza and barbecued ribs. Over in the Pacific Northwest fresh salmon is a specialty and down in the Southwest “tex-mex” meals like chili (a spicy beef stew) and chiles rellenos (stuffed chilis) are popular. California and Hawaii are both known for growing many different types of fruits, while Alaska is known for its fish and King Crab.