3 Iconic Pennsylvania Foods Worth Trying If You Find Yourself in The Keystone State

Melissa Frost

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Trying new foods is always among the top highlights of any trip.

If you find yourself in the Keystone state, here are some of the iconic foods worth testing out, and we'll start with what is perhaps the most popular one.

Philly Cheesesteak

Made from thinly sliced pieces of beefsteak and melted cheese in a long hoagie roll, the iconic Philly Cheesesteak has its roots in Philadelphia and you'll find plenty of delis and casual restaurants serving cheesesteaks; Oh Brother Philly, Gooey Looies and Cleavers, to name a few.

The city also has its very own cheesesteak tour, on a Segway. Yep, you read that right. During this tour, you get to learn about the invention of the cheesesteak on this Philly Cheesesteak from an award-winning tour guide, and don't worry - you'll also receive hands-on Segway training.

Pretzels (the soft ones)

Not mass-produced or dry. The soft kind. You simply can't beat soft pretzels from Pennsylvania.

It's a Pennsylvania thing we're proud of, and people around here just know how to make them right.

According to PA Eats, the keystone state produces and eats more pretzels than anywhere else in the country. About 80% of all the pretzels made in the country are made right here. Regardless of where you're visiting in the state, you'll find a place serving soft pretzels.

My favorite: The Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery in historic Lititz.

Tomato pie

It doesn't really look like a pie.

More like a pizza, but instead of drowning in melted mozzarella cheese, tomato pies have a generous amount of tomato sauce, topped with grated parmesan. The crust is thicker than pizza.

According to Mad About Food, the dish first appeared in Philadelphia in 1910, when Iannelli’s Famous Brick Oven Bakery opened. (they're still around!) Since then, the classic Philly tomato pie has spread to bakeries and pizza shops all over the city.


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Melissa is a journalist and content writer. She covers food, travel and local news, mostly from PA.

Lititz, PA

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