Michigan ranked 11th best state for food in America

Coney dog/Steven Depolo
Coney dog/Steven Depolo

DETROIT – Michiganders already know the food in our state can match up with any state, but a new list is giving us even more credibility. 

Thrillist released a list this month ranking all 50 U.S. states by their food quality. Michigan came in at No. 11 on the list. Here's what they wrote:

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It's weirdly the original home of the coney hot dog, enormous pasties (the meat pies, not the stripper nipple covers), and the currently hot, always-square Detroit-style pizza, not to mention the fact that Mitten-born Little Caesars and Domino's more or less defined American takeout pizza as we know it.

The Detroit Metro area also has a massive wealth of Polish, Greek, and Middle Eastern food, while Traverse City and Grand Rapids are fast becoming food destinations unto themselves (the Yoopers have it low-key going on too). BBQ and soul food, too, are plentiful in the lower half of the state.

Additional points for the state's farmer’s market cred, and for its wealth of fish fries and venison chili. Minus points for losing your appetite when you see a sh*tload of deer splattered on the road en route to actually eat that chili.

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California, Texas, New York, Louisiana and Tennessee were the top five states on the list.

The worst states for food were West Virginia, North Dakota and Nebraska. 

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