Can We Guess Where You Grew Up Based on Your Taste in Food?

By: Ian Fortey

Can We Guess Where You Grew Up Based on Your Taste in Food?
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About This Quiz

Regional cuisine is part of the reason the restaurant industry is worth billions of dollars.  If we just had "food" out there, like those uninspired food cubes from old episodes of "Star Trek," then eating would be boring.  

We need our tikka masala, sushi, pupusas, gumbo and hot dish because food is best when it takes you on a sensory journey to another place or time!  Food is life, and it should be a joy.  And it is!  But it's also a reflection of the people who make it.  The ingredients you have handy, the climate in which you live, the history of your people; all of these things have an effect on what you eat and what you like.  Is it a surprise, then, that we might be able to guess where you're from based on your tastes?

If food is regional, then, so too, are a lot of tastes.  And even if you like a wide variety of foods, we bet your tastes are still firmly rooted in where you grew up.  So tell us about your likes and dislikes, let us know what makes your mouth water and what makes you cringe, and we'll tell you exactly where you come from. 

Fish filet If fish is on the menu for dinner, what would be the best way to prepare it?
Fried catfish
Fish and chips
Fish tacos
Fish sticks

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Steak Say you've got a nice, juicy cut of beef. What do you want to do with it?
Chicken-fried steak
Beef Wellington
Fajitas
Roast beef

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Prepare chicken What do you think is the best way to prepare some chicken?
Fried
Tikka Masala
Chicken Piccata with lemon sauce
Pot pie

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Rice preparation How do you like to have your rice prepared?
Dirty rice
Arancini
Bibimbap
Rice-a-Roni

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Baked potatoes If you're in the market for some potatoes, how do you want them done?
Hash
Chips
Baked
Mashed

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Fast food restaurant What's your all-time favorite fast food restaurant?
Chick-Fil-A
Yo! Sushi
In-N-Out
McDonald's

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Bowl of chips When you want something crunchy, what are you going to reach for?
Peanuts
Crisps
Doritos
Potato chips

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Pizza toppings What's the best topping to go on a pizza?
Cheese
Mushrooms
BBQ chicken
Any kind of meat

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Tacos What's the one ingredient that will take a taco from good to great?
Hot sauce
Nacho cheese
Guacamole
Sour cream

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Pinto Beans
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There are about a million ways to prepare beans, but which way is your favorite?
Beans and rice
Beans and toast
Refried beans
Chili

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Tasty Salad Everyone likes a nice, fresh salad sometimes. What ingredient is essential for a tasty salad?
Toasted corn
Iceberg lettuce
Avocado
Ranch dressing

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Eggs and Toast If you're in the market for a hearty breakfast, how are you cooking your eggs?
A big breakfast scramble
Fried eggs
Huevos rancheros
Scrambled eggs

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Breakfast food
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You need to have some meat with breakfast, right? What's usually on the plate?
Sausage
Black pudding
Turkey bacon
Bacon

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Coffee with Bfast What's your hot beverage of choice to go alongside a meal?
Not sure I need a hot drink...
A cup of tea
A latte
Black coffee

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Cereal bowl
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A bowl of cereal will never steer you wrong. Pick your favorite cereal.
Oreo-Os
Coco Pops
Life
Trix

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Lunch sandwich If you were going to make yourself a sandwich for lunch, what might you have?
Shrimp po'boy
Ham salad
French dip
PB & J

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Spaghetti and Meatballs Pasta isn't just Italian, what's your favorite pasta dish of all time?
Baked mac and cheese
Pasta alla Norma
Capellini with spicy zucchini-tomato sauce
Spaghetti and meatballs

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Vegetarian substitute If you were going to go vegetarian for a meal, what veggie would stand in for the meat?
Okra
Aubergine
Avocado
Potato

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Pie Everyone likes pie, right? What kind of pie is your favorite?
Pecan
Banoffee pie
Boysenberry pie
Apple

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Cheese plate It's hard to not love cheese. What kind of cheese is your favorite?
Muenster
Red Leicester
Stilton
American

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Pulled pork sandwich
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If you were going to eat some pork, how would you be likely to cook it up?
Ribs
Pork pie
Pulled pork
Pork chops

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Seafood dish You can't go wrong when you order some seafood. What shellfish dish is the best?
Shrimp and grits
Seaside chowder
Shrimp taco
Shrimp scampi

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Red Velvet cake Sometimes, you can't call a meal a meal unless cake is served. What kind of cake do you love?
Red velvet
Coffee and walnut cake
Citrus cake
Devil's food

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Hamburger What do you think is the best topping to go on your hamburger?
Bacon
Mayo
Avocado
Cheese

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Hot dog toppings
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How do you top a hot dog to make it as delicious as possible?
Chili and cheese are good.
I don't eat a lot of hot dogs.
I like it with fresh toppings.
Mustard is key.

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Spicy food Are you a fan of spice in your food?
I crave it.
Not so much
Sometimes
Just a little, once in a while

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Fruits What is your favorite type of fruit?
Oranges
Grapes
Pomegranates
Apples

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Wine with dinner If you were going to drink a glass of wine with your meal, what would you have?
I'm not a huge wine drinker.
Chablis
Merlot
Zinfandel

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Pho What is your favorite kind of steaming, hot soup?
Gumbo
Potato and leek
Pho
Chicken noodle

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Food delivery If you're having something delivered, what are you most likely to order?
Mexican
Indian
Thai
Pizza

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