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Famous California Foods

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California is such a fun state to visit. There is surfing, live music, hiking, golfing, and an evolving food scene.

These Famous California Foods include avocado toast, fish tacos, cruffins, cobb salad, and the California sushi roll. You can’t go wrong with any of them!

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California was one of the stars in the wild west gold rush in the 1800s. Since then people have been flocking to this state in droves to enjoy the amazing weather, beaches, and food. California is so much more than just Hollywood. These 30 amazing recipes will bring you right back to those beautiful beaches and bright, sunlit restaurants that are so easy to love.

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Avocado Toast

Avocado toast is such a bright and creamy brunch dish. It’s very easy to make and so healthy for you! 


Cioppino is commonly called “Fisherman’s Stew” because it has a variety of seafood served in a red broth. All that fresh seafood is delicious served with a warm hunk of brown bread. 

Fish Tacos

The fish taco craze that has captured the US started in California. Mild light and flaky fish fried in breadcrumbs, layered with pineapple salsa, crunchy cabbage, and drizzled with a spicy avocado sauce is perfect for a light and flavor-packed lunch.  

Mexican Grilled Corn

Mexican grilled corn, or Elote, is a specialty that was brought up the coast from Mexico. This corn is served from outdoor stands. It’s grilled and usually topped with a combination of mayo, cheese, lime juice, and cilantro. 

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Clam Chowder in a Boule

Thick and chunky clam chowder served in a warm sourdough bread bowl is comfort food to the max. It’s best eaten on one of California’s rare cold days. 


Oysters fresh from the sea are light and delicious. There are a number of ways you can cook them to perfection. 


Cruffins are pastries that are a mix between a croissant and a muffin. This fun sugared-up dessert was created in San Francisco and has created a craze all over the United States. 

Cobb Salad

Who doesn’t love a good salad with hard-boiled eggs on top? This classic salad is popular in California and can be found on many restaurant menus. 

California Roll

The California Roll is an iconic sushi dish made with crab, cucumbers, and avocados. It’s often rolled inside-out instead of wrapped in seaweed and rice. 

California Burrito

California burritos are unique because they have tender carne asada meat, cheese, salsa, and french fries wrapped up in a flour tortilla. Try these recipes to make this fun dish!

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