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Since: 8.10.03
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Since we are talking food right now. What dish, in your opinion defines your area's food/cuisine. In western Kansas, it's beef in general but chicken fried steak with tons of cream gravy. What we jokingly call a white meal: chicken fried steak with mashed potatoes all smothered with gravy and cream corn. All topped off with white bread. When we lived in Holmes County, Ohio, it was probably chicken and noodles with mashed potatoes and of course corn or green beans with all that lovely bacon. Oh and Swiss cheese made in the county and a local delicacy called Trail Bologna (it was made in Trail, Ohio).



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Apparently around here (Central IL) there's a dish called a "horsehoe" that was created in Springfield. It's an open face double hamburger, covered with a mound fries and a cheese sauce. There's something like it at a local diner (in Champaign) call "the stack" which is three panckaes, two eggs, and a mound of hashbrowns doused in gravy.

Both seem rather disgusting to me.



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Since: 1.5.03
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Tri Tip (A cut of beef sirloin tip) is the official food of the central coast of california. It is usually sliced for sandwiches served with salsa or cut into steaks.
Anything BBQ Grilled (especially over oak, regular charcoal and gas are widely used though)is a go. we grill just about year round. Smoked meats, sausages and jerky are also very popular.
Mexican/southwestern is the primary theme. Taco shops and steakhouses everywhere.
Deli's for sandwiches and places that make good hamburgers and hot dogs are always busy.
We are also big on seafood and are wine country as well as having lots of good local/regional beers.
We are a big AG region so using local produce is the hot ticket.
Eggs and dairy (good cheese comes from happy cows) are big business statewide.
Cioppino ( a tomato sauce based seafood soup) and clam chowder are very popular anywhere near the ocean.
Besides BBQ, steak, and seafood there are alot of italian and asian/Indian restaurants around. some high end french fusion too but not really prevalant (mostly at hotels/resorts).North African food is becoming popular in some pockets.
There are a few diner type places that do the southern/midwestern style but alot of people are eating somewhat healthier now days.
obversely, we really like to smoke our pot so stuffing ourselves at 2 in the morning usually entails eating baked potatoes topped with chilli and obscene amounts of cheese.
frito boats are actually served too.



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Since: 7.11.02
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Kraft Dinner. :)



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Since: 10.10.02
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In the immediate area that I live in (Central New Hampshire), there are mostly chain restaurants if you want to go out. The independent places are typically sub shops or pizza parlors, or both.

Local churches or meeting halls will often host ham and bean dinners for a low cost and those are fun. There is also Boiled Dinner, which is often a stew of large chunks of cabbage and carrots with corned beef. I can't forget, corn or clam chowder is very popular.
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Spiedies! (en.wikipedia.org)

Spiedies and corn on the cob, thrown on the grill, just about the perfect summer dinner.



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Western New York, it's gotta be Buffalo Wings.
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I don't think there's one dish per se, but don't come to Santa Barbara if you don't like Mexican food. I can think of four Mexican restaurants right off the top of my head that are great-to-excellent.

We even have two "traditional" Mexican restaurants that serve the not-so-popular parts of various animals (i.e. face, tongue, stomach, brain, etc). While that's not my cup of tea, I've heard nothing but excellent things about the food.



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Since: 18.4.08
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Rochester New York actually has the Nick Tahoe Garbage Plate as the meal of choice instead of those silly chicken wings. Plenty of knock-offs in the area as well.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garbage_Plate

A Garbage Plate is a combination of one selection of cheeseburger, hamburger, red hots, white hots, Italian sausage, chicken tender, fish (Haddock), fried ham, grilled cheese, or eggs; and two sides of either home fries, French fries, baked beans, or macaroni salad). On top of that are the options of mustard and onions, ketchup, and Nick's proprietary hot sauce, a greasy sauce with spices and ground beef. It's served with rolls or Italian toast on the side.

It looks worse than described - but tastes better.

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I live in the home of the Donair. But I don't eat them.

Picture mystery meat and spices formed into a log and put on a vertical roasting spit. The meat is shaved off onto a pita, tomatoes and onions (and all manner of other crap, optionally) are added, and then a thick sweet-and-vinegar-y sauce is spooned on.

Allegedly a descendant of the traditional Greek gyro and/or the UK Doner Kebab. The sauce was allegedly inspired by tzatziki, but has "evolved" to be condensed milk with vinegar.

I can't abide the sauce and though the meat is tasty, I don't trust it, so I don't eat the damn things. But everyone else does, especially late at night with a stomach full of booze when it seems like a really good idea, apparently.
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Here in Louisville, the dish is Hot Brown, which is toast, roast turkey, Cheese and sauce. It's pretty good, although it sounds not so much. I found a recipe.



The Legendary Hot Brown Recipe

Ingredients:
4 oz. Butter
Flour to make a Roux (about 6 tablespoons)
3 - 3 1/2 cups Milk
1 Beaten Egg
6 tablespoons Grated Parmesan Cheese
1 oz. Whipped Cream (optional)
Salt and Pepper to Taste
Slices of Roast Turkey
8-12 Slices of Toast (may be trimmed)
Extra Parmesan for Topping
8-12 Strips of Fried Bacon

Melt butter and add enough flour to make a reasonably thick roux (enough to absorb all of the butter). Add milk and Parmesan cheese. Add egg to thicken sauce, but do not allow sauce to boil. Remove from heat. Fold in whipped cream. Add salt and pepper to taste.

For each Hot Brown, place two slices of toast on a metal (or flameproof) dish. Cover the toast with a liberal amount of turkey. Pour a generous amount of sauce over the turkey and toast. Sprinkle with additional Parmesan cheese. Place entire dish under a broiler until the sauce is speckled brown and bubbly. Remove from broiler, cross two pieces of bacon on top, and serve immediately.




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In Detroit, it would have to be the coney dog.



The two most famous places to get coney dogs (Lafayette Coney Island & American Coney Island) are open right next door to each other and they both have their share of fiercely loyal customers (i.e. they NEVER eat at the other place upon penalty of death).


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Since: 17.1.02
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The upstate NY stuff brought me back,

Garbage Plate, wings and spiedies (but how could you forget the salt potatoes for that summer meal).

Here in Pittsburgh it seems to be Primanti Brothers (just put the entire meal on the sandwich) but then again the locals seem to like fries on everything, including their salads.
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Chicago apparently has had its name attached to a pizza, you may have heard of it. Same with a hot dog.

To me though the sandwich that separates the Chicagoan from anyone else is the italian beef/italian sausage combo sandwich. I really have yet to find anywhere else that does that thinly sliced, spiced and dipped beef sandwich just right. And I'm still reeling from the place in DC that put breakfast sausage on my pizza when I asked for sausage.



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    Originally posted by spf
    And I'm still reeling from the place in DC that put breakfast sausage on my pizza when I asked for sausage.


Which place was that? Luckily, I haven't had a pizza from there, yet.



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    Originally posted by spf


    To me though the sandwich that separates the Chicagoan from anyone else is the italian beef/italian sausage combo sandwich.


You a Portillo's or Al's man? I also like the Breaded Italian at Rocobeni's.



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Since: 3.10.02
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#17 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.48
St Louis has some crappy food as well.

Toasted Ravioli, which is breaded, deep fried meat raviolis served with marinara sauce.

The slider, which can only really be enjoyed at the EAT-RITE DINER, consists of just about anything greasey that was ever considered a breakfast food. Sometimes covered in chili, sometimes in gravy, sometimes with cheese. It's basically a heart attack waiting to happen.

And, "st louis style pizza". Calling it "pizza on a cracker" would be very accurate. But the cheese SUCKS.
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#18 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.53
    Originally posted by brick


    Garbage Plate, wings and spiedies (but how could you forget the salt potatoes for that summer meal).




I actually can take or leave the salt potatoes, more because I like a bit of salt on the corn on the cob, and that and the potatoes can get to be too much at once.

But, you are right, those are the simple pleasures, that and the occasional trek to Brooks' in Oneonta, can make a summer.



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    Originally posted by StaggerLee
    St Louis has some crappy food as well.

    Toasted Ravioli, which is breaded, deep fried meat raviolis served with marinara sauce.

    The slider, which can only really be enjoyed at the EAT-RITE DINER, consists of just about anything greasey that was ever considered a breakfast food. Sometimes covered in chili, sometimes in gravy, sometimes with cheese. It's basically a heart attack waiting to happen.

    And, "st louis style pizza". Calling it "pizza on a cracker" would be very accurate. But the cheese SUCKS.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Louis-style_pizza


You sir blaspheme and therefore lose the game of life!

Toasted ravioli is the most delicious thing ever made. If you argue this point then you also probably hate joy and therefore your opinion does not matter.

I am a HUGE fan of St. Louis style pizza, though I will admit it is not too popular with people not from St. Louis and people who are anti-minority rights (like StaggerLee I am assuming).

Finally a Slider is specifically eggs and a breakfast meat (usually bacon or sausage) covered in chili and it is awesome. People that hate it also probably hate children's laughter.

St. Louis is also known for Gooey Butter Cake. If you do not like Gooey Butter Cake then please accept deportation back to whatever land your ancestor's were chased out of (I'm just assuming they had to come here to escape the justice they faced for burning down orphanages).



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Since: 16.1.02
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I live in the Philadelphia suburbs. We have this sandwich you may have heard of.

Oh yeah, and soft pretzels.



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