6 Famous Restaurant Dishes With Confusing Origins

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Caesar Salad

Caesar salad was invented just south of the border in Tijuana, Mexico. And, we have Prohibition to thank for that.

Hawaiian Pizza

It's time to stop blaming Hawaiians for Hawaiian pizza. This pineapple- and ham-topped pie is actually from somewhere near Hawaii.

California Roll

The California Roll was made in the Sunshine State, wasn't it? Wrong! This is the U.S. I have another fan-favorite that was made in Canada.

Red Velvet Cake

One thing's for sure, Red Velvet Cake is famous. If you search for red velvet creations, you'll find everything from coffee drinks, chocolates and vodkas to cosmetics and lotions.

Frozen margarita

While the origins of the original margarita vary, the smooth frozen machine-made margarita has a clear past, and it's not Mexico or Jimmy Buffet's kitchen in Key West, but the bustling city of Dallas, Texas.

Chicken Tikka Masala

Chicken Tikka Masala is from India, isn't it? An Indian cook most likely invented the saucy chicken dish, but it was in England or Scotland, according to different legends.

The origins of famous restaurant dishes are sometimes quite obvious, as is the case with Buffalo Sauce, which was invented in Buffalo, NY.

Boston Cream Pie, invented at the Omni Parker House in, you guessed it, Boston. But some foods have murky pasts or take their place of origin for granted, when in reality it's not so clear.

Restaurants are innovative places, and naturally many of our favorite foods were dreamed up, usually by accident or due to pressing need.

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