It was subjective answers that I sought, though. Just as it is my experience that in New Orleans food is taken more seriously than in most regions of the USA. I formed this opinion based on food I tasted in NOLA, not in SF, though I must admit I am very fond of your Mission style burritos.
I also reached this conclusion by living in NOLA for several weeks at a time with close friends who are fulltime residents. To the extent that I could, I immersed myself in the local culture, and it pleased me.
As for the Yucatecan chow I've had, it's been mostly seafood and it was presented nice and fiery, the way I prefer. I've had this in highbrow and lowbrow Mexican joints, both were great in their respective way. And the chef at one of the upscale places I dined at gave me several recommendations for where to dine in The Yucatan. His enthusiasm was instrumental in my forming an opinion that The Yucatan was a very cuisine-centric region of Mexico. I could be dead wrong, but in my initial post I used the phrase "if I had to guess".
I do not think the concept of "more delicious" is a ludicrous one at all. If I did, I wouldn't bother reading Roadfood reviews and bookmarking restaurants I plan on visiting, which, after all, have been reviewed by palates not my own. Subjective, yes. Ludicrous, hardly.
Your Lyon/California scenario, which admittedly you presented as something that wouldn't fly, is too all over the map to place it in the context I initially posited. It is (or used to be) an accepted culinary fact that Lyon set the mark for cuisine as a city in France. This is not to say Michelin 3 star joints aren't to be found in many other regions, but it is more to note what region constitutes the very essence of excellence in haute French cooking.
In the end, it shouldn't matter what I like (except of course, to me). It's more important what you like. If I feel your opinions carry culinary weight, I am likely to be influenced by what you say or suggest. That's the point of throwing out this sort of question for discussion. If it were only what's good to me, I would set up my own Roadfood website where I was the only one who could post.
Kangolpimp: Hey Kangolpimp, where in Mexico is supposed to have delicious chow?
Kangolpimp: Oh, I dunno, Kangol, I hear the Yucatan may be a contender.
Kangolpimp: Thanks for your input Kangolpimp - btw M or F?
Kangolpimp: None of your freakin' business, I am here to discuss food, pervert!