Regional delicacy are they over rated?

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Regional delicacy are they over rated?
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Thu, 09-15-2011 - 8:10am
We were talking at work yesterday about where we grew up and what folks missed. Do you think some of the traditional foods are all that?
What regional delicacy do you feel should not be missed... Which one is easy to by pass?

Any chicago pizza fans or does ny pizza win out?

Florida orange juice or California?

Have you had poi?

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Thu, 09-15-2011 - 9:23am
Well, being from Chicago and not being there now, I sorely miss pizza from there, Italian beef and hot dogs (just not available here (cringe - they call Italian beef a sandwich with beef and red sauce on it!), and the pizza is mostly from chains or paper thin with 'provel' (local blend) of cheese which sticks to the roof of your mouth - nasty).

Not picky about OJ, no poi, not into toasted ravioli (St Louis/local origin). I guess if what I've had is true New York style cheesecake (never been there to have it), I do like that! (but Ely's in Chicago was good for that too, and I make a pretty good one from a recipe from a girl from NY)

Sue
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Thu, 09-15-2011 - 10:06am
Years ago we went to a wedding in st Louis and they had toasted ravioli as an appetizer.
When we were in KC they talked about st Louis ribs.... Can't remember how their BBQ was different. I don't really like the BBQ from NC, that my sister loves.
Would st Louis get to claim beer because of Budweiser?
My husband always orders NY cheesecake, I prefer the ease of making key lime.
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Thu, 09-15-2011 - 10:15am
Many around here (STL) are now boycotting Anheuser Busch products after the InBev takeover - they got rid of all their donations and events locally. There are some really good microbreweries that are gaining because of it.

Ribs - it's more the cut of meat than what's then done to them, at least from what I've seen. You can buy 'St Louis style' at the grocery store along with the usual cuts. To me they're less meaty so you'd have to be really careful when cooking them, and there's not much on them!

Sue
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Thu, 09-15-2011 - 12:16pm

I LOVE Chicago pizza - the deeper/thicker the better. I love pizza period so I'll eat thin, too, but the Chicago pizza is my all time favorite. I don't really care where my orange juice comes from but I prefer pulp free. And I'd never heard of poi - I had to look it up and I thought it looked rather nasty...

Pam
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Thu, 09-15-2011 - 12:32pm

I'm originally from RI.

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Thu, 09-15-2011 - 3:00pm

(Just so you know, Chicago style pizza does not necessarily mean deep dish - I never had that til I was in college - I looked it up on wiki and they do explain the varieties! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicago-style_pizza The local

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Thu, 09-15-2011 - 3:16pm

I've been to Chicago once and the pizza I had there was nothing special but I think that was more the restaurant than the type of pizza. We have a Chicago-style pizzeria here that we love, they offer both thin and thick crusts. I didn't have pizza while in NYC, one more reason to return!

I probably couldn't tell the difference about where my orange juice originated. I prefer fresh squuezed so I guess I like California better unless I'm in Florida. And I've never tried poi.

Two foods come to mind for me. The first is San Francisco sourdough bread (actually proofed and baked in SF) which has a flavor unique to sourdough breads found elsewhere.

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Thu, 09-15-2011 - 4:01pm
I love Gino's East and Giordano's . And I love stuffed pizza. I guess I knew that Chicago didn't just have thick crust but I was thinking of those restaurants when I posted. DH and I are headed up there for a couple of days in a couple weeks and we're definitely going to one of those places!
Pam
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Thu, 09-15-2011 - 7:51pm
I'm jealous!
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Thu, 09-15-2011 - 7:53pm

Suzy is right--Chicago has great thin crust pizza, too.

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