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Florida-based iconic food items that changed American dining

The names are iconic in the American food lexicon yet few may know they originated in Florida.

The Whopper. The Bloomin’ Onion. And a few more recognizable and popular delicacies that all first formed on Sunshine State shores.

It makes sense that such food originated in Florida-born chain restaurants, with our service-industry mindset, lots of transplants from across the country, and millions of tourists from around the world visiting every year.

Some of these you can even make at home but it may not taste exactly like the original found at these restaurants.

Here are a few of our favorites that we believe might be yours, too.

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Burger King, The Whopper

DOUBLE WHOPPER® Sandwich is a pairing of two ¼ lb* savory flame-grilled beef patties topped with juicy tomatoes, fresh lettuce, creamy mayonnaise, ketchup, crunchy pickles, and sliced ​​white onions on a soft sesame seed bun.  Photo Burger King

Burger King was born in Florida, with the fast-food burger franchise beginning in 1953 as Insta-Burger King on Beach Boulevard in Jacksonville. Later that decade, two Miami-based franchisees bought the financially struggling company and renamed it Burger King.

Yet it wasn’t until 1957 when the chain first cooked up its iconic Whopper. The flame-grilled burger remains practically an American institution, and USA Today even listed it at No. 4 in its 2019 list of “most iconic fast food items in America.”

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