There are many ways to exchange cultures and if there is one platform that speaks to different people, in the same way, it’s through food. An old adage that many know to be true is that the language of food is universal and there is a vast wealth of fabulous cuisine to be exalted in the U.S. alone.

Being a melting pot, U.S. cuisine is globally influenced. Great food experiences can be drawn from anywhere in the world. Here are some of the best food experiences found all over the country.

Clam Chowder 
Clam chowder, particularly the New England variety, is one American dish that is very popular. This creamy, rich soup is enjoyed especially during winter. New England winters are infamously cold and comfort cuisine based on seafood, such as clam chowder, which many find not only ideal but also pragmatic. Proximity to the Atlantic Ocean means constant seafood supply, especially clams. Therefore, clam chowder is widely available and enjoyed by many people across the country.

Beef Barbecue 
Barbecue is a ubiquitous sauce that can be applied to any type of meat. However, popular opinion suggests the best meat to barbecue is beef, especially when the beef barbecue is the Texan kind. Texan beef barbecue has a complex history and — when done right — an incredible taste to many.

Oysters on the half-shell, or more specifically Oysters Rockefeller, is one of the country’s most well-known dishes. Food lore claims the dish was borne out of the mind of a 19th-century chef from New Orleans that used oysters instead of snails. At the time, John D. Rockefeller was the wealthiest person in America and his “rock star” status gave the dish its name.

The Reuben
Any person venturing to New York City should sample its quintessential sandwich: the Reuben. This pastrami-based sandwich has been a culinary landmark of the city that never sleeps since 1914. However, an origin dispute says the sandwich was created in Omaha, Nebraska in 1920.

Apple Pie
Apple pie is possibly the most ubiquitously American dish to make the list. Research shows that apple pie is not technically “American”, because apples are Asian natives. However, its introduction and incorporation into American pie baking have stuck and become part of the country’s traditional landscape.