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View Poll Results: Which one is better?
Chicago 94 53.11%
L.A. 83 46.89%
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Old 11-07-2011, 12:20 PM
 
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Probably depends on the cuisine. Mexican, Japanese, Korean, Armenian/Middle Eastern, Fusion, Vegetarian, probably LA, Chicago for American, European cuisines like Italian, German, Polish.
Yes. Totally agree. You are a gentleman and a scholar!

I think the one Asian culture Chicago has a more noticeable presence of and a greater number/variety of restaurants is Asian Indian.

Also, Chicago may have more Arabic culture/restaurants, but LA wins on the Armenian and Persian/Iranian.
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Old 11-07-2011, 12:22 PM
 
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Well there are way more fat people in Chicago if that means anything. : )
Correct.

Although, strangely I did notice quite a few donut and cupcake shops in LA. There definitely are some fat people for sure in LA, no doubt, but there are way more fit and slim people there as well.
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Old 11-07-2011, 12:24 PM
 
Location: DFW
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What kind of food do you like?

I love Chicago's pizza but I also cannot live without LA's Chinese food.. too bad I can't have both in 1 place.
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Old 11-07-2011, 12:29 PM
 
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Well there are way more fat people in Chicago if that means anything. : )
There are more fat people at McDonald's than at the French Laundry in Napa, but which one serves better food?
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Old 11-07-2011, 12:48 PM
 
Location: Austell, Georgia
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Chicago for the win.
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Old 11-07-2011, 01:32 PM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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Correct.

Although, strangely I did notice quite a few donut and cupcake shops in LA. There definitely are some fat people for sure in LA, no doubt, but there are way more fit and slim people there as well.
Makes perfect sense. There are countless donut shops here in L.A. (most famously, Randy's Donuts in Inglewood):

Roadside Giants - Brian Butko, Sarah Butko - Google Books

"Donuts are big in Los Angeles. They're popular too. According to a 1997 survey by
Bakery Production and Marketing Magazine, one-sixth of all donut shops in the United States are located in the five-county Los Angeles area. That's more per capita than anywhere else in the country, earning it the title of America's donut capital."

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Old 11-07-2011, 01:52 PM
 
Location: Manhattan
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I'm going to go with Chicago on this one. Both cities have a tremendous amount of ethnic cuisine, great hole in the walls, and great mid-range restaurants, but Chicago has a strong lead over LA when it comes to fine dining, which gives it the overall edge. LA is definitely underrated when it comes to food though. Although I consider NY, SF, and Chicago to be better food cities, they don't exactly blow LA out of the water.
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Old 11-07-2011, 02:12 PM
 
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There are nowhere NEAR 7-8 million foreign born people in Greater L.A.
Actually there are. That is why LA gets bashed a lot esp for illegals and such... Can't have it both ways, they do have Chicago in that department. Fine dining? It's good, but it's no Chicago.
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Old 11-07-2011, 02:40 PM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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Actually there are. That is why LA gets bashed a lot esp for illegals and such... Can't have it both ways, they do have Chicago in that department. Fine dining? It's good, but it's no Chicago.
True (they're not that far apart though, especially with post-michelin eateries like Bouchon, Newport Beach Mozza, and Red O making the scene), but again, that type of dining doesn't even represent a microcosm of a city's culinary landscape. They're outliers. 99.9% of one's dining doesn't take place in establishments like that.

Tokyo has 11 three-star Michelin restaurants, more than every U.S. city combined--what does that say? Tokyo > United States for food? They obviously manhandle us for sushi, but what about Italian, Mexican, Korean, Thai, American, Spanish cuisines? Are those 11 three-star restaurants enough to vault Tokyo over the entire United States?

Speaking of sushi, the California roll, among many other rolls that make up the now hugely popular American sushi scene was invented in Los Angeles:

California Sushi Roll - Sushi Info - Sushi Encyclopedia

"The California sushi roll, or simply California roll was invented in Los Angeles, California in the late 70's and is considered a big leap in sushi culture. It is also credited for spreading the popularity of sushi in the western world."
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Old 11-07-2011, 02:44 PM
 
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True (they're not that far apart though, especially with post-michelin eateries like Bouchon, Newport Beach Mozza, and Red O making the scene), but again, that type of dining doesn't even represent a microcosm of a city's culinary landscape. They're outliers. 99.9% of one's dining doesn't take place in establishments like that.

Tokyo has 11 three-star Michelin restaurants, more than every U.S. city combined--what does that say? Tokyo > United States for food? They obviously manhandle us for sushi, but what about Italian, Mexican, Korean, Thai, American, Spanish cuisines? Are those 11 three-star restaurants enough to vault Tokyo over the entire United States?

Speaking of sushi, the California roll, among many other rolls that make up the now hugely popular American sushi scene was invented in Los Angeles:

California Sushi Roll - Sushi Info - Sushi Encyclopedia
Most of the food critic and reviews are only for upper echelon restaurants, even Chicago / SF have less than 100 restaurants or so in michelin guide. LA will have more options period, LA CSA is 17.8 million and Chicago is 9.7. Trust me, there are WAY more than 100 restaurants worth eating at in any of these cities.

I know a few people who regular eat a Michelin 1star and up restaurants, but not too many. Most people eat at regular restaurants which can still be awesome if not in Michelin guide.

You really have to ask yourself what tier restaurants you are talking about. Both Chicago and SF have more fine dining haute cuisine than LA, but on a whole, LA probably has them both beat in terms of good options outside of NYC metro.

I don't really see a good way to quantify anything other than what food critics say but using reasoning that... yes LA is a good city for food, and LA metro is over 17 million, you might conclude it has a lot of restaurants and you would never get bored.

If you want to eat at high end restaurants which are pushing the envelope in cuisine, then yes Chicago is ahead of LA.
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