In honor of America’s birthday last week, the travel website Thrillist set out to rank all 50 states by their food and drink.
Each state was awarded a ranking based on the food they produce, the iconic dishes they’re known for and their beer, wine and spirits scene.
Missouri came in at No. 12 because it’s home to “some of the best BBQ joints on the planet,” according to Thrillist, which also noted Boulevard Brewing Co. and St. Louis-based Perennial Artisan Ales for putting the Show-Me-State on the craft beer map.
Kansas, however, didn’t fare so well. The Sunflower State came in at No. 36 — ahead of states such as Alaska (38), Delaware (46) and South Dakota (50).
Clearly, the kind people at Thrillist have never sampled the fried chicken in Kansas — we’re talking Stroud’s, Chicken Annie’s and The Brookville Hotel — or tapped in to beer from Free State or Tallgrass.
Thrillist did admit to making a mistake in the Kansas ranking: The writers behind the travel website assumed Oklahoma Joe’s was in Missouri. (All three Oklahoma Joe’s locations are in Kansas).
An updated version of the ranking consoled Kansans with these words, in all caps: “You have great BBQ! You’re back, Kansas!”
California, Texas and New York took first, second and third place in Thrillist’s admittedly subjective ranking.
What do you think? Is Missouri really the 12th best state for food? And what about Kansas?