Good food - a kind that your state isn't known for?

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2014/08/10 06:22:06 (permalink)

Good food - a kind that your state isn't known for?

For example, Kansas City isn't known for pizza, but when I lived there (2004-2012), I had incredibly good slices at a little place called The Art of Pizza in the Crossroads district. Anyone visiting there from NYC would be more than satisfied. Also, the best St. Louis-style pizza that I've ever had was not from St. Louis, but from an old establishment in the KC northland called Leo's Pizza. I would encourage anyone raised on Imo's to give Leo's a try and see if you don't think it's superior!
 
I'm in Connecticut now, and to date my food explorations have been mostly about the entrenched Italian/Polish fare. I've had underwhelming Mexican from Monte Alban, and equally underwhelming barbecue from Black Eyed Sally's, both in Hartford, but I have faith that I'll find good examples of both if I just look hard enough (although tips aren't unwelcome!).
 
So, what sort of awesome cuisine would one be surprised upon finding in your area?
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    FriedClamFanatic
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    Re: Good food - a kind that your state isn't known for? 2014/08/10 22:46:57 (permalink)
    Pennsylvania and nearby Delaware have plenty of good eats, but to find a good Fried Clam Dinner in the area takes the work of S. Holmes.  Even nearby Maryland, that has oodles of clams under the sand of their beloved blue crabs, comes up pretty much a bust.
     
    There is a slightly silver lining ( actually, at the price, it's more likely platinum or titanium).  The Sansome St. Oyster House in Philly has a marvelous plate. Otherwise I have to resort to Legal Seafood ( not bad) in King of Prussia and/or at the Philly Airport ( a Godsend, usually away from the whining children with a decent glass of white wine to wash it all down).
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    Re: Good food - a kind that your state isn't known for? 2014/08/10 23:01:41 (permalink)
    There's a place downtown that has really excellent, really fresh calamari. Right here in the middle of the country. I have no idea how they pull it off, and I've rarely had anything at The Bull's Head Tavern that wasn't amazing...but their calamari rivaled that I ate sitting in the Crow's Nest at Old Tony's in Redondo Beach (and it's the same exact price). We also have a real cheesesteak place downtown called Fat Johnny's, that puts out a sandwich you'd swear you were eating at Geno's if you close your eyes.
     
    Other than that, nothing really leaps to mind. There is some excellent sushi and a wide variety of just about any ethnic restaurant you could hope for in the bigger cities, but that's pretty standard.
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    Re: Good food - a kind that your state isn't known for? 2014/08/11 01:14:13 (permalink)
    As mentioned on another thread, Phoenix has an amazing number of Vienna Beef/Chicago style hot dog joints.
    Also a large number of Asian-Pacific restaurants too. Sushi, Thai, Viet, Japanese and Chinese.
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    Re: Good food - a kind that your state isn't known for? 2014/08/11 08:31:30 (permalink)
    We have better and more diverse Mexican food in Wisconsin than I found in the three years I worked in Arizona.
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    Re: Good food - a kind that your state isn't known for? 2014/08/11 12:55:36 (permalink)
    Columbus has also become quite the taco truck destination.  We even got a write up on Serious eats for it a couple of years back:
     
    http://www.seriouseats.com/2011/12/best-tacos-in-columbus-ohio-trucks.html
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    Re: Good food - a kind that your state isn't known for? 2014/08/11 13:06:37 (permalink)
    hatteras04
    Columbus has also become quite the taco truck destination.  We even got a write up on Serious eats for it a couple of years back:
     
    http://www.seriouseats.com/2011/12/best-tacos-in-columbus-ohio-trucks.html


    Speaking of food trucks, Los Guachos, which started as a food truck before going to brick and mortar on Godown Road, is now in Gahanna. Have you tried any of their terrific offerings?
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    Re: Good food - a kind that your state isn't known for? 2014/08/11 13:20:52 (permalink)
    I have been to the one on Godown multiple times.  I really like the al pastor tacos and the spicy shrimp tacos.  I was not enthralled with the lingua taco but I'm glad I tried one.  The next thing I want to try from there is one of the tortas.
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    Re: Good food - a kind that your state isn't known for? 2014/08/11 13:24:54 (permalink)
    I think we've been there 3 times and every time I've had the al pastor tacos.  I keep saying I'll try something different.........but they're SO good.  Next time, gonna try the gringas.
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    Re: Good food - a kind that your state isn't known for? 2014/08/11 13:28:13 (permalink)
    Like she said. But watch out for the red onion-habanero condiment.  OK, so I love that stuff.
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    Re: Good food - a kind that your state isn't known for? 2014/08/14 11:10:36 (permalink)
    Went there yesterday for lunch and I had a gringa.  I thought it was better than the tacos!  Next time a torta. 
    post edited by lleechef - 2014/08/14 11:49:48
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    Re: Good food - a kind that your state isn't known for? 2014/08/16 09:06:59 (permalink)
    When you think Dallas BBQ and Tex-Mex comes to mind, but not pizza.  Yet, Cane Rosso and Olivella's are as good as it gets anywhere.
     
     
    When you think NoVa ...  (well, I think of horrendous traffic and an incredible residential real estate bubble set to burst when mortgage rates return to normal) ...  you don't think Long Island/ Jersey-style diners.  Yet, the Metro 29 Diner in Arlington, VA is truly as good as it gets in that category; here is their wondrous menu.
    post edited by MetroplexJim - 2014/08/16 09:13:33
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    Re: Good food - a kind that your state isn't known for? 2014/08/17 00:41:48 (permalink)
    Oklahoma is probably known mostly for onion burgers, so it may surprise people to learn that OKC has a sizable Vietnamese population and is home to dozens of joints that specialize in Pho and Banh mi. There is even one of the few Lee's Sandwiches stores not on the West coast here. Along with a quite large Asian supermarket, Super Cao Nguyen.
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    Re: Good food - a kind that your state isn't known for? 2014/08/21 12:19:34 (permalink)
    pizza and bbq but we're catching up, especially with the bbq, its so popular now, and seems to be everywhere in the city. 
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    Re: Good food - a kind that your state isn't known for? 2014/08/21 16:24:31 (permalink)
    We have a couple really good middle eastern restaurants, in the land of endless Italian family restaurants and pizzerias. Can't swing a dead cat without hitting a restaurant with the "best wings in town", but there are only a few places where you can get really good falafel, hummus, and tabouleh.
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