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View Poll Results: Best food city after NYC?
Los Angeles 46 22.44%
Chicago 53 25.85%
Washington DC 5 2.44%
San Francisco/Bay Area 26 12.68%
Dallas-Fort Worth 5 2.44%
Philadelphia 25 12.20%
Houston 18 8.78%
Atlanta 6 2.93%
Miami 7 3.41%
Boston 4 1.95%
Other 10 4.88%
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Old 03-17-2012, 06:16 PM
 
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The variety grown in CA is unmatched, that's what it comes down to
well at this point in time, you can get from 1 side of the country to the other in 6 hours, so freshness of West Coast Produce going to the East Coast is not really comprimised, and vice versa
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Old 03-17-2012, 07:07 PM
 
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
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LA probably has the best variety and prices. Quality goes to NYC/Hudson Valley and San Francisco/Napa.
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Old 03-17-2012, 07:37 PM
 
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How do LA and SF not do well in those categories as well? Why do you feel Chicago does better?
I don't think LA or SF doesn't do well, but I feel that Chicago's established food scene has more to do with why most people put it ahead, especially in the area of fine dining.

LA and SF are way too new to have made a palpable impact on the US' food scene, but are catching up.

IMO, LA far surpasses SF though, simply because its bigger. And bigger generally always means better options. Same thing with Chicago vs SF.
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Old 03-17-2012, 07:41 PM
 
Location: Guangzhou, China
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LA and SF are way too new to have made a palpable impact on the US' food scene, but are catching up.


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Old 03-17-2012, 07:54 PM
 
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Maybe its just me, but burritos aren't very popular in the Northeast. Not saying no one likes it, but its not nearly as popular out here than there.
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Old 03-17-2012, 08:07 PM
 
Location: In the heights
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I don't think LA or SF doesn't do well, but I feel that Chicago's established food scene has more to do with why most people put it ahead, especially in the area of fine dining.

LA and SF are way too new to have made a palpable impact on the US' food scene, but are catching up.

IMO, LA far surpasses SF though, simply because its bigger. And bigger generally always means better options. Same thing with Chicago vs SF.
LA is less established than SF and Chicago, but it's still great.

The Bay Area has had an undeniable influence on US's food scene. Thomas Kellor's The French Laundry is responsible for training many of the best chefs today including the chef of Alinea. The Bay Area actually has more Michelin stars than Chicago does.
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Old 03-17-2012, 08:11 PM
 
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Maybe its just me, but burritos aren't very popular in the Northeast. Not saying no one likes it, but its not nearly as popular out here than there.
Cause it's hard to find a decent one out there. I'm not joking: one of my biggest reasons for moving from Boston to CA at 18 was the lack of decent Mexican dining options in the region!
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Old 03-17-2012, 08:15 PM
 
Location: In the heights
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Maybe its just me, but burritos aren't very popular in the Northeast. Not saying no one likes it, but its not nearly as popular out here than there.
That's true, though the number of places that have popped up in NYC the last five years probably signals it was probably not lack of appreciation so much lack of opportunity. You can get pretty good burritos in a good number of places now, and it's not all Chipotle (which as far as fast food goes, isn't awful).
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Old 03-17-2012, 08:18 PM
 
Location: The City
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Cause it's hard to find a decent one out there. I'm not joking: one of my biggest reasons for moving from Boston to CA at 18 was the lack of decent Mexican dining options in the region!

Not sure if Boston is known for their mexican, never actually ate mexican in Boston, would not be the first choice there. I have had great mexican in NYC, NJ, and Philly and some better on the West Coast. I seek it out more on the west coast though and know where to get it where I live. Never even tried in Boston. While to me Mexican requires a little more seeking here (not too much really) I can find it. Not in the quantity nor on food trucks here mostly, that is reserved for other cuisines. Quite frankly if mexican or italian for that matter are defining why a city is better I am not on board.
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Old 03-17-2012, 08:34 PM
 
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Not sure if Boston is known for their mexican, never actually ate mexican in Boston, would not be the first choice there. I have had great mexican in NYC, NJ, and Philly and some better on the West Coast. I seek it out more on the west coast though and know where to get it where I live. Never even tried in Boston. While to me Mexican requires a little more seeking here (not too much really) I can find it. Not in the quantity nor on food trucks here mostly, that is reserved for other cuisines. Quite frankly if mexican or italian for that matter are defining why a city is better I am not on board.
There were a couple really good Mexican joints in Boston about 13-14 years ago. BeBop Burrito in Cambridge was opened by the head chef from Zona Rosa is SF and served some of the best Mexican I'd ever had, but they shuttered their doors.

My sisters and parents have told me that there are a couple places that have popped up in the Boston metro that are pretty good, though still nothing quite like out here.

As time goes on, I don't see any reason why more Mexican joints wouldn't open up, and why their quality wouldn't improve.
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