One of the boons of truck driving is the opportunity it provides you to see the entire country—and to sample its different foods! While it’s important to keep up a healthy, balanced diet while you’re on the road, you shouldn’t pass up the chance to check out the local food scene as you pass through different states. Here are just a few of the different regional foods you might want to sample:


Deep-fried cheese curds.

Primarily found in northern states such as Wisconsin and Minnesota, deep-fried cheese curds are just what they sound like: Curds—a mild-tasting food produced during the cheese-making process—that have been fried. As with French fries or onion rings, you can either eat deep-fried cheese curds by themselves or with a dipping sauce. In either case, though, you won’t regret trying them!



Also known as chitterlings, this classic Southern staple consists of small pig intestines that have been cleaned and then boiled or deep-fried. The food is then cooked with a batter and served with a side such as hot sauce. If you’re passing through the Deep South, this is one unique dish you shouldn’t overlook.


Stuffed clams.

Also called “stuffies,” stuffed clams are a common dish in Rhode Island. They are Quahog clams that have been topped with a mixture of bread crumbs, onion, sausage, herbs, and other ingredients. The exact recipe varies depending on who is making the clams, but if you’re in the New England area, you shouldn’t miss the chance to check them out.


Frito pie.

Passing through Texas? It’s a big state, so you’ve got plenty of time to check out one of the local favorites—this unique casserole made from chili, cheese, and corn chips. Frito pie is usually garnished with the same types of ingredients you would find on a taco, such as shredded cheese, salsa, and sour cream.


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