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2006/09/28 12:47:12 (permalink)

What's your favorite region?

I thought I would start a new poll!

We've talked about our favorite regional desserts, sandwiches, bbq etc in various polls in the past

Today's restaurant (Nick Tahou) got me wondering about my favorite region for Road Food.

What is your favorite region??

Is it

1- New England/ Mid Atlantic (NY, NJ, DE, MD and Eastern PA)
2- The Great Lakes and Rust Belt (Rochester, Buffalo, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Chicago, Milwaukee, St Louis Pittsburgh, Cincinnati)
3- The South
4- The Heartland
5- The Southwest/Rocky Mountain States
or
6- California and the Pacific Northwest

Mine is definetely the Rust Belt- True Plebian Blue CollarComfort Food including the Garbage Plate, Primanti Sandwich, Fish Fries, Buffalo Wings, Red Hots, Beef on Weck, Cincinnati 5 way chili, Toasted Ravioli, Concretes, Custard, Brats, Italian Beef, Coneys and so much more.
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    mr chips
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    RE: What's your favorite region? 2006/09/28 14:13:37 (permalink)
    California and the Pacific Northwest. Salmon, oysters, marionberry anything, hazlenuts, good coffee, Mexican
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    RE: What's your favorite region? 2006/09/28 14:17:23 (permalink)
    wanderingjew-
    You make an excellent case for the Rustbelt, but the South would still be my #1 choice. Growing up with a Southern mother and grandmother, I love that type of cooking. And then you consider that the best barbecue is from the South, well.... The Rustbelt and New England would be in close competition for my second choice.

    I also liked that you included Pittsburgh in with the Midwest cities. Even though Pennsylvania is considered in the Northeast or Mid-Atlantic, Pittsburgh is more of a Midwest city. It has much more in common with Milwaukee, Indianapolis and Cincinnati than it does with Philly, New York or Washington, D.C.

    By the way, the Pirate game was so long last night (15 innings), that I had time to eat two Primanti sandwiches at PNC Park!

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    RE: What's your favorite region? 2006/09/28 14:18:37 (permalink)
    Wow. Great topic to start. I would have to go with my home area, the Mid Atlantic and New England. My three main food groups are pizza, hoagies (especially cheesesteaks) and seafood. The inclusion of Eastern PA is important, because you essentially include the Delaware Valley, which is hoagieland. And with New England, you get the lobster roll. Pizza is top shelf. That said, the Great Lakes comes in a close second, because I love beef on weck and Buffalo Wings with a passion. And my current residence in the southwest would rank 3rd, because of the finest quality Mexican food imaginable. The only one I am not very qualified to comment on is the Heartland, but I am sure the steakhouses here are superior.
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    RE: What's your favorite region? 2006/09/28 16:15:06 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by wanderingjew

    2- The Great Lakes and Rust Belt (Rochester, Buffalo, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Chicago, Milwaukee, St Louis Pittsburgh, Cincinnati)

    Mine is definetely the Rust Belt- True Plebian Blue CollarComfort Food including the Garbage Plate, Primanti Sandwich, Fish Fries, Buffalo Wings, Red Hots, Beef on Weck, Cincinnati 5 way chili, Toasted Ravioli, Concretes, Custard, Brats, Italian Beef, Coneys and so much more.


    I agree with that. Not to mention all the different european ethnic neighborhoods and towns which give us some of the country's best Polish, German, Italian, Irish, Russian, Greek, etc. foods.
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    RE: What's your favorite region? 2006/09/28 17:08:49 (permalink)
    I haven't been able to do too much roadfooding in 4, 5, and 6, but I have lived in and traveled quite a bit in the Mid-Atlantic, the Great Lakes, and the South. And I'd have to say the South, hands down.

    Aw man, now I'm craving sweet tea and boiled peanuts.
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    RE: What's your favorite region? 2006/09/28 17:14:42 (permalink)
    Definately the south.

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    RE: What's your favorite region? 2006/09/28 17:24:41 (permalink)
    without a doubt, #5
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    RE: What's your favorite region? 2006/09/28 19:32:26 (permalink)
    Buffetbuster,

    Yes, Pittsburgh is definetely part of the "Rust Belt", although I think it's difficult to place Indianapolis, which I believe has qualities of the "Rust Belt" as well as the "Heartland" considering that Tenderloins and Fried Chicken seem to rule there.

    Tamandmik,

    I was also factoring in Amish Cuisine in the Mid Atlantic Category in addition to the other items you mentioned.

    I would have to say that New England/Mid Atlantic and Southern cooking tie for 2nd place in my book. Of course Cuban and Cajun food fall into the Southern Category as well.
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    RE: What's your favorite region? 2006/09/28 19:55:23 (permalink)
    I have to think about this over a breaded pork tenderloin sandwich.

    Truth be told I do crave New England food on the coast.
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    RE: What's your favorite region? 2006/09/28 20:06:29 (permalink)
    How many votes do we get?
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    RE: What's your favorite region? 2006/09/28 20:17:57 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Poverty Pete

    How many votes do we get?




    Probably as many as you want to post.

    Again southern cooking is by far the best.

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    RE: What's your favorite region? 2006/09/28 20:23:15 (permalink)
    Now that is one HARD question to answer. A lobster or fried clams from New England, or fresh cod or striped bass.

    The great lakes: walleye and whitefish.

    The south: a whole nother chapter........grits, cornbread, okra, beans, BBQ, peach cobbler, gumbo, po'boys with soft shelled crabs, or a John G. with debris just to name a few. Oysters! Crawdads! Beignets with chickory coffee. Muffalettas. Maybe this is my favorite.

    In the Heartland: A tavern (loosemeat) sandwich in the Sioux City, Iowa area. Of course pork tenderloin sandwiches. A killer burger in Martinsburg, NE at Bob's Bar. Runzas from Nebraska. And of course STEAK!

    Rockies: We zipped right through there.

    SoCal: juicy drinks, fresh fruit and produce, tuna seared with black sesame seeds and ponzu sauce, foie gras, little pieces of fish carefully sauteed......typical SoCal.

    Seems like we enjoy eating our was across the country






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    RE: What's your favorite region? 2006/09/28 20:25:37 (permalink)
    Lleechef: I agree with you #1 vote of the south. You may be a northern girl but you certainly have southern taste in more ways than one.

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    RE: What's your favorite region? 2006/09/28 20:36:30 (permalink)
    Paul, I do believe that the south was third on her list!
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    RE: What's your favorite region? 2006/09/28 20:40:55 (permalink)
    Sundancer, the south sure does have some good food. I'm a Yankee girl but I sure have travelled through this country, and sincerely ALL the food was good. I missed a couple of states, but never had a bad meal.
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    RE: What's your favorite region? 2006/09/28 20:52:33 (permalink)
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    Paul, I do believe that the south was third on her list!


    Being a foodie, it's impossible to pick one. South was the third because that's where it was on the list. I'd eat up a lobster right now or a box of fried clams, or gumbo, or whitefish or bluefish.......after all, it's all good!!!
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    RE: What's your favorite region? 2006/09/28 20:59:03 (permalink)
    Great Lakes for now. Only reason being is I'm stuck here. Working on getting out of this 'rut' area.
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    RE: What's your favorite region? 2006/09/28 21:00:52 (permalink)
    Right on................I love the foods from each region of the country....that is why it is so much fun to travel. But my heart belongs to seafood in the Northeast most of all.

    After that, I am thrilled with any regional foods.
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    RE: What's your favorite region? 2006/09/28 21:29:02 (permalink)
    There is sooo much I havn't tried! I do not feel I can give an intelagent vote. Was Las Vegas on the list. Lotsa different regional stuff there. I'm with Llee, I like it ALL.
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    RE: What's your favorite region? 2006/09/28 22:20:07 (permalink)
    I have to say that I am partial to NY and NM, given my (screen name).

    I'd like to add that New England and Mid Atlantic are not equivalent. In fact there are at lesat 3 different groups here: New England, NYC Metro and MidAtlantic (PA,DE,MD). Also Upstate NY if you want another (closer to Rust Belt). These areas have different food traditions, language areas (dialects) and histories (Puitans, Dutch, Quakers, southern Episcopal/Cavaliers)

    All in All my favorite is Southwest. Chile City!!

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    RE: What's your favorite region? 2006/09/28 22:22:26 (permalink)
    NYNM,
    i knew you were an intelligent, insightful person
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    RE: What's your favorite region? 2006/09/28 22:29:04 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by xannie_01

    NYNM,
    i knew you were an intelligent, insightful person


    o yeah
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    RE: What's your favorite region? 2006/09/28 23:02:43 (permalink)
    I agree with NYNM, add upstate N.Y. to the Rustbelt and that is what I would choose.
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    RE: What's your favorite region? 2006/09/28 23:33:08 (permalink)
    Right now, my heart is in the south.......while I love my own regional food, and every coast I have traveled to, I LOVE southern food-its simplicity yet demanding taste....
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    RE: What's your favorite region? 2006/09/29 00:50:46 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by NYNM

    southern Episcopal/Cavaliers
    I'm 2 outta 3, but that's a new term. Whassit mean?

    Anyhow, I'll call the South my favorite, but I would dearly love exposure to the Rust Belt! I enjoy trying new foods, especially localized or ethnic.
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    RE: What's your favorite region? 2006/09/29 01:54:31 (permalink)
    gotta be the South for me, with the midWest a getting closer second thanks to all the great places my new friends here have taken me on our little jaunts around Chicago & Milwaukee (plus living in Ann Arbor for 11 years). But hey, if I can afford to get there, I'm game to try almost anything

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    RE: What's your favorite region? 2006/09/29 02:33:27 (permalink)
    Look, I am a blonde,...
    Grew up in Florida.. many different cuisines there...
    Lived in New England.. Been and eaten in the rustbelt,
    Never out to the NW,
    and My folks are from Texas and Virginia.
    Dont make me choose.
    I get confused easily and love ALL food!
    I cant answer this.. But still a great topic, WJ!
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    RE: What's your favorite region? 2006/09/29 04:35:46 (permalink)
    The Heartland. There's no place like comfort food. There's no place like comfort food.
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    RE: What's your favorite region? 2006/09/29 07:53:12 (permalink)
    What's all this talk about the South being good?

    In the Heartland you get a genuine breaded pork tenderloin from the most tender part of a hog, trimmed to perfection, gently flattened, breaded and deep fried. Oh is it so moist, succulent and tender.

    In the South you get what they misnomer a chicken fried steak of lean and stringy longhorn meat from god knows what area of the cow that has to be beaten to a pulp to somewhat tenderize it, then breaded, deep fried and slathered with gravy to make it moist. Then you bite into the gristle and gag.
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