Originally posted by wanderingjew
I know I am going to sound egocentric here, but I've enjoyed Chinese Food in several parts of the country. First off, I determined that Chinese food was inedible in Albuquerque. For the last 9 or 10 years I've had the best of the best in both Rhode Island and Pittsburgh. It was probably longer than that since I had Chinese food in NY. Well last Thanksgiving weekend, I went to visit my friend in New Jersey (about 20 miles from the George Washington Bridge)it was late in the evening and the local Kosher Deli was just closing up for the night so we decided to go to the Chinese Restaurant next door. I completely forgot how extraordinary the Chinese food in NY is and how these Chinese Restaurants put out a far superior product compared to the rest of the country. I have now decided that when I travel, I will not eats Chinese anywhere else perhaps with the exception of San Francisco.
Having grown up in NY, I am sure that I underestimated how much I would miss Chinese food when I moved to Florida. What is here is inedible, at best, but I am sure that my view is skewed by what I know I can get "back home."
The bulk of the places here are either buffet or what they call "NY-style." Style? Maybe, but hardly the taste. The 'style' is the single counter, mostly take-out, picture of the food on backlit signs motif. I guess I always just thought that NY style meant that the food had flavor. That, somehow, was skipped.
A friend with whom I travel arranged for us to eat in Chinatown in SF with a friend of his who was friends with the chef at the restaurant. We had an incredible dining experience, with course after course flowing from the kitchen. In the end, my buddy was a little less than pleased with my underwhelmed response. I explained that this was something that I could get all the time, and while it was good, I would not rate it as the "best ever." He was dumbfounded...
...until I sent him to my favorite place on Long Island. Then, he just understood.
Now, I do the same....I will wait until I am in a more Chinese-friendly area rather than eat the poor excuse available here.