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The Most Popular Appetizer in Every Region in the Country

Pretzel bites, nachos, and potato skins galore!

It's no secret that during the coronavirus pandemic, more and more people are turning to food delivery. Whether you can't get to a restaurant for takeout or you just don't feel like cooking, there's nothing simpler than having food delivered right to your door. But do you ever wonder what everyone else is ordering?

If you've ever been curious about what foods your neighbors are loving, look no further. Grubhub has compiled the most popular appetizer orders in every region of the United States, based on how much their popularity rose in 2020. The list is loaded with comfort food—get ready for some serious inspiration for your next delivery order. And for more fun facts, sign up for our newsletter to get daily recipes and food news in your inbox!

Midwest: Potato Wedges

Roasted baked potato wedges on aluminum foil lined baking tray

By Grubhub's count, potato wedges are a whopping 344% more popular in 2020 than they were in 2019. Hey, the Midwest needs its spuds!

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Midwest: Breadsticks

Cheesy breadsticks

Like potato wedges, breadsticks were 344% more popular in 2020 than in 2019 on Grubhub. Maybe it's the Olive Garden influence?

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Midwest: Pretzel Bites

salted pretzel bites with cheddar dip
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Another delicious carb, pretzel bites were 198% more popular this year on Grubhub. Want to make your own? Pretzel bites are one of the 5 Creative Recipes You Can Make with Trader Joe's Pizza Dough.

Midwest: Chips & Queso

chips and queso

Is there anything more classic than melted cheese and salty chips? No wonder they were 193% more popular this year.

Midwest: Bacon & Cheese Fries

Chili cheese fries

OK, we stand corrected: Cheese fries might be better than chips and queso. But it's a close call.

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Northeast: Loaded Potato Skins

loaded potato skins

Forget fries—the Northeast will have those cheesy spuds skin and all. Loaded potato skins were 233% more popular this year than last year. Yum!

Northeast: Chips & Pico de Gallo

Chipotle salsa

While the Midwest prefers chips and queso, it's all about chips and pico de Gallo in the Northeast.

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Northeast: Elote

Mexican street corn elote

Elote was 215% more popular this year. Can you think of a more delicious way to consume summer veggies? Instead of ordering in next time, try our Grilled Mexican-Style Corn Recipe.

Northeast: Buffalo Cauliflower

buffalo cauliflower with ranch dip
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You might think the region that invented Buffalo wings would see an uptick in the chicken appetizer, but Buffalo cauliflower was what saw the most demand. At least we know the Northeast is eating their veggies!

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Northeast: Pretzel and Cheese Dip

soft pretzels with cheese and mustard

Why go for pretzel bites when you can have the whole pretzel? The Northeast knows how to order carbs in style.

South: Loaded Potato Skins

sour cream potato skins

The South and the Northeast have at least one thing in common: their love of loaded potato skins. The appetizer was 271% more popular in the South on Grubhub this year than last year.

South: Chips & Queso

queso with chips

Another vote for chips and queso! Melted cheese? Say no more.

South: Nachos


In case it wasn't clear, the South really likes chips and melted cheese. So much so, in fact, that both chips and queso and nachos appeared on Grubhub's list.

South: Mac and Cheese

Mac n cheese

Another cheesy classic for the win! Mac and cheese orders are up 173% in the South this year.

South: Garlic Breadsticks

garlic breadsticks in a basket

These aren't just any breadsticks. They're garlic breadsticks. There's a big difference.

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West: Pretzel Bites

closeup of soft pretzel bites
Brent Hofacker/Shutterstock

Pretzel bites are a winning Grubhub order in multiple parts of the country, and the West is no exception. The appetizer was a whopping 579% more popular this year than last year.

West: Stuffed Jalapeños

stuffed jalapenos

The West knows how to spice things up! Stuffed jalapeños are a hot commodity in the region right now. Try making your own with our Cheese and Chorizo Stuffed Jalapeños Recipe.

West: Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Spinach artichoke dip

Whether you use this dip for crunchy veggies or soft pitas, you can't go wrong with the classic spinach and artichoke. No wonder it rose in popularity by 213% in the West this year.

West: Cauliflower Wings

Cauliflower wings

Another vote for chicken-free wings! The west knows that you don't really need the meat—it's all about that buffalo sauce.

West: Mac and Cheese

Mac and cheese on plate

Cauliflower wings are a vegan-friendly choice, but if there's one comfort food the West can't resist, it's mac and cheese. Why mess with a classic?

Meghan De Maria
Meghan De Maria is a senior editor at Eat This, Not That!, specializing in food, product, and restaurant coverage. Read more about Meghan
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