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The Most Instagrammable Foods in the Country

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Instagram has single-handedly changed the way Americans share their food. With hashtags like #eatingfortheinsta and #foodie, the social media platform has millions of food posts to explore. While many Instagrammable foods have earned their status by being regional classics or totally unique creations, some restaurants are creating visually appealing and over-the-top dishes with the intent to get more snap-happy customers in the door – and their name out in the world.

If you like to take pictures of your food, these dishes are guaranteed to get you likes. That is, if you can hold off on eating them until you get the perfect shot (and are sometimes willing to wait on line).

North River Lobster Company’s Lobster Roll

Let us start this off by saying North River Lobster Company serves a 28-inch lobster roll on a boat. If that combo doesn’t check all your Instagrammable food goals, what will? So, hop on board New York City’s only floating lobster shack to snap a pic and devour the Shelley lobster roll. Equivalent to six individual lobster rolls, we’d recommend sharing this colossal sandwich with a group. Instagrammers can also pair the roll with a signature 64-ounce fishbowl to complete their Insta-worthy post. Open seasonally, starting in April.


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Voodoo Doughnut 

Not only does Voodoo Doughnut have everyday Instagrammable donuts, like the signature jelly-filled voodoo dolls, it also takes pre-orders for any customizable doughnut you can imagine. Think characters from your favorite show (hello, “Game of Thrones”) and celebrities galore (oh hey, Oprah). These epic video game controllers in doughnut form gained 7,000 likes on Instagram! Voodoo’s social empire has grown a following of over 250K, waiting for the next Insta-craze to ogle over. Although it’s roots are in Portland, Oregon, the shop has become so popular it’s expanded to fourteen locations in four states.

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Wailau Shave Ice 

What started in Hawaii as a small family-owned shave ice company has now expanded to Oregon and California. The treats at Wailau Shave Ice melt in your mouth, and they are the prettiest ice creations we’ve ever seen. Pictured is ube flavor (purple yam), a sweet and salty flavor with toasted coconut on top. They have specials every month, keeping consumers coming back for more Instagrammable delights. But act quickly – these masterpieces melt fast!

Taiyaki NYC

In Japanese culture, the fish known as Tai or sea bream is a symbol of good luck, prosperity and happiness – the last of which is sure to happen as soon as you get your hands on one of these fish-shaped waffle cones at one of Taiyaki NYC’s locations in New York, Boston or Miami. Filled with sweet red bean paste, swirled with soft-serve ice cream and topped with your choice or rainbow mochi, sprinkles and more, it’s hard to resist taking a photo.

Everything Mickey-Shaped in Disney

Whether you’re visiting Disney World or Disneyland, snacks are part of the experience – specifically, Mickey Mouse-shaped snacks. From waffles to ice cream bars to the much raved-about Mickey beignets, many foods found throughout the parks sport the unmistakable three-circle formation, making them all extremely photogenic. Perhaps the most Instagrammable is the latte art at Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company in Disney Springs, which can be customized with your chosen print of Mickey or any of your other favorite characters. They even offer the option to print a selfie!


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Hell’s Kitchen’s Bloody Mary

Move over, mouth-watering pastry and gooey dripping cheese dishes, cocktails are having a moment too. Minneapolis’ Hell’s Kitchen offers a DIY meal-in-a-drink, called the Jacked Up Bloody Mary Bar, where you can topple specialty olives, cheeses, bacon, chicken wings, peppers, dozens of other garnishes and your choice of 242 types of hot sauce on top of your drink. Available on weekends, this hot spot even has Insta-friendly backdrops for some #foodintheair action.


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SafeHouse’s Mission Impossible Burger

The burger is a popular Instagammable food, partly because it’s an American favorite but also because you can stack it as high as possible with just about anything in between. Case in point: The Mission Impossible Burger at Safehouse, an espionage-themed bar and restaurant in Chicago’s River North neighborhood. Composed of 15 burger patties layered with cheddar, American and pepper jack cheeses, who wouldn’t want to show it off?


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The Skylark’s Frosé Your Way

Who knew that frosé (frozen rosé) with candy could make for such a gorgeous still life? The view at NYC’s Skylark’s rooftop doesn’t hurt the shot, either. Rosé lovers can customize their favorite drink with unique toppings like gummy bears, edible flowers and miniature marshmallows. Photos of these pink creations get thousands of likes. Available seasonally.

Barton G.’s Cotton Candy Dessert

It would be a crime not share this life-size Marie Antoniette-inspired cotton candy dessert on Instagram. Barton G. is known for its extravagant presentations. This 4-foot cotton candy pompadour atop a mannequin head is just one example of the impressive creations found at their Los Angeles and Miami Beach locations.

Do you share your food on social media? Tell us which instagrammable foods have gotten you the most likes in the comments below.

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