Map Of Each State’s Favorite Potato Dish (Spoilers: Casseroles And Fries Abound)

By Kathy Morris - Aug. 4, 2020

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Happy National Potato Day.

Today is the spud-tacular day we honor America’s favorite starch. Whether it’s your lunch break or happy hour, good chance potatoes make an appearance. From the potato chips in your lunch bag to the half-off potato skins you drown your sorrows with after work, they’re everywhere.

Fried, baked, roasted, mashed, souped, or however else you choose to eat them, potatoes are a people pleaser.

If you’re stumped on what potato to celebrate with, rest your head, we found each state’s potato dish of choice.

You can see your state’s favorite and some of our favorite findings below.

What We Found Out

  • Fries win the potato wars, with an impressive 20 states preferring fries. This isn’t including beloved fried potatoes like potato skins either.
  • If those potatoes aren’t fried, make ’em mashed, the favorite choice of another 7 states.
  • Ya’ll in the south sure like casseroles- 6 southern states prefer their potatoes in casserole form.
  • Not a single state loves hash browns or poutine the most, with some states preferring soup and other inferior choices instead. This definitively proves there that are wrong choices.
  • Vermont had a whopping 6 potato foods they ate more than anyone else- latkes, poutine, potato skins, sweet potato fries, home fries, and, potato salad. Check on your friends in Vermont, they’re probably fine, but they’re eating a ton of potatoes.
  • Texas was the only state with Fried Mashed Potato Balls as a favorite.


Using Google Trends, we determined which states were the most avid fans of each potato dish.

We examined 40 different favorite potato concoctions, covering the most common and beloved dishes. We included the fried favs, the covered potato-dishes brought to family gatherings, and a range of yummy potato sides. This ended up bring a pretty comprehensive list of potato dishes. So odds are good we covered your favorite.

To Fry Or Not To Fry

The answer is “to fry.” Whether that fry is curly, crinkle-cut, shoe-string, covered in cheese, or onion-ring style is up to you.

Or maybe fries aren’t your speed, and you would prefer your potato baked, roasted, or Hassleback. Shoot, maybe you’ll buck tradition and get some yummy hash browns. Whatever you choose, it’s bound to be delicious.

So spend your International Potato Day wisely, stocking up on America’s favorite starch.

Each State’s Favorite Potato

State Potato Dish
Alabama Sweet Potato Casserole
Alaska Mashed potatoes
Arizona Curly Fries
Arkansas Twice Baked Potato Casserole
California Garlic fries
Colorado Mashed potatoes
Connecticut Potato chips
Delaware Potato chips
Florida Truffle fries
Georgia Waffle Fries
Hawaii Garlic fries
Idaho Baked Potato
Illinois Belgian Fries
Indiana Steak fries
Iowa Onion rings
Kansas Twice Baked Potato Casserole
Kentucky Hash Brown Casserole
Louisiana Waffle Fries
Maine Potato chips
Maryland Shoestring fries
Massachusetts Gnocchi
Michigan Potato skins
Minnesota Hasselback potatoes
Mississippi Twice Baked Potato Casserole
Missouri Crinkle Cut Fries
Montana Baked Potato
Nebraska Curly Fries
Nevada Cheese Fries
New Hampshire Hasselback potatoes
New Jersey Shoestring fries
New Mexico Cheese Fries
New York Belgian Fries
North Carolina Waffle Fries
North Dakota Mashed potatoes
Ohio Potato skins
Oklahoma Baked Potato
Oregon Mashed potatoes
Pennsylvania Shoestring fries
Rhode Island Home Fries
South Carolina Baked Sweet Potato
South Dakota Air Fryer Potatoes
Tennessee Hash Brown Casserole
Texas Fried Mashed Potato Balls
Utah Mashed potatoes
Vermont Potato salad
Virginia Crinkle Cut Fries
Washington Mashed potatoes
West Virginia Potato soup
Wisconsin Mashed potatoes
Wyoming Potato soup

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Kathy Morris

Kathy is the head of content at Zippia with a knack for engaging audiences. Prior to joining Zippia, Kathy worked at Gateway Blend growing audiences across diverse brands. She graduated from Troy University with a degree in Social Science Education.

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