Good is certainly subjective when it comes to food, and we are all subject to nostalgia and cultural influences.  Sometimes it's just the best of bad options.

In a ranking list from both Thrillist and FarandWide and many other sites have North Dakota at or near the back of the pack when it comes to items local cuisines.

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The fact that Norway has had a significant influence on North Dakotan food should raise serious concerns. Norwegians consume peculiar, gooey fish dishes like lutefisk. Lye, the caustic sodium hydroxide that practically burns human skin on contact, is required to manufacture this "delicacy."

If that's not your cup of tea, you can just stuff yourself with a huge plate of tater-tot- hotdish, the state's national dish made of potatoes, canned cream of mushroom soup, frozen or canned veggies, and some sort of meat product.

Not all food from the Peace Garden State is a heaping pile of carbs and fat, walleye is a gift from the land that just so happens to frequently be deep-fried in batter to coat it in carbs and fat.

One of the most well-liked dishes in North Dakota is knoephla. Even on the coldest days of winter, it is a hearty dish that will have you ready for hibernation.

The highlight of the state's contribution to the culinary world is most likely the Taco-in-a-Bag/Walking Taco that has been a fixture of ballgames and fundraises for decades, and has crept into neighboring states as well.

On the bright side, at least we don't have an odd fixation with scrapple, and don't put chili on top of spaghetti.

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We've seen pineapple, now pickles....what else could go wrong? Let's avoid it before it happens.

Gallery Credit: Nicole Murray

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