I define South Florida as Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties. Therefore based on the map you provided I should perhaps reconsider German and Italian food the next time I visit. Davydd
I am not throwing the Hmong Ethnic Group under the rug... I'm simply saying it's been done elsewhere....or in other words it's "the same old song and dance" The Twin Cities is just "the new edition" among many others.
Let me illustrate
Here is the best map I can find of the those with Hmong ancestry around the country http://www.epodunk.com/ancestry/Hmong.html
If I were to base your assumptions on this map, perhaps I made a big mistake in enjoying BBQ on my last trip to North Carolina, I guess I should have considered Hmong Food instead
Here's another map showing those of Vietnamese Ancestry http://www.valpo.edu/geomet/pics/geo200/pct_vietnamese.pdf
You can see the biggest concentrations on the West and East Coast
I've also included a map of Swedish Ancestry http://www.valpo.edu/geomet/pics/geo200/pct_swedish.pdf
and of Scandinavian Ancestry in general http://www.valpo.edu/geomet/pics/geo200/pct_scandinavian.pdf
you can clearly see where Minnesota lies on this map.
I know you mention that those of Scandinavian descent in The Twin Cities go back several generations, well so do those of Italian descent here in Rhode Island, yet there are more Italian Restaurants in a square mile than I know what to do with....Does that mean that Italians are prouder of their heritage?
Here's another map of those of Jewish Ancestry http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Jewish1346.gif
as you can see the NYC area has a significant population yet in a city with a metro population of 20 million there are probably less than 50 kosher (style) delis in the entire metro area, in fact "50" may be too liberal of a number, yet there are alot of delusional roadfooders on the forum who think that these delis are alive and well and flourishing. There used to be hundreds in Manhattan alone.. Now all that I hear about are the same 4 or 5. Not because they're the best (although they are
) but because that's all that's left!
I'll use another example, the fried chicken houses in Indianapolis and Kansas City- I betcha there used to be "dozens" in each city. Whats left? Hollyhock Hill and Strouds!! I don't know of any others, do you?
You mention that Scandinavian Cuisine is not "twin cities" cuisine. I guess using that argument, then places like Sokolowski's
is not definitive of Cleveland but just a Polish Restaurant that could just as well be in Albuquerque or Atlanta
Finally I provided you with one restaurant (Grumpys) that had Hot Dish on their menu, you said it's a joke. Then I provided another (Hot Plate) and you indicated its a tourist trap. I'm not certain why restaurants would waste their time, money and resources by putting a "joke" on their menu, I've never seen that before and it really doesn't make any sense at all, in addition I'm not certain how a tourist could even by the widest margin of chances accidentally find a restauarant in a non descript neighborhood, yet at the same time all the reviews (most positive) on the web were written by locals??
Despite all this , Davydd, I still like ya'
and look forward to meeting you next year.
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