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Old 11-04-2012, 06:18 AM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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For all kinds of food...it's a personal ranking so don't go by Michellin stars or whatnot.

I haven't been to some of these cities but it's what I'd imagine I'd like:

1. New York City - the sheer diversity, Italian (Italian American) food. The delis and Middle Eastern food cart. Best place for great Latin American food.

2. Houston - While not a fan of the city, it probably has a great mix of Tex-Mex, Southern/Soul, fast food and decent Vietnamese.

3. New Orleans - Creole/Cajun delights, po-boys, great seafood, great southern food, surprisingly good Italian. Emphasis on quality across the board.

4. San Francisco - fresh produce, organic, seafood, good quality/range of Asian

5. Santa Fe - Love NM style Mexican, enough said.

6. Boston - Love clam chowder and other New England dishes. Also great Italian food.

7. Chicago - Hard to beat for hot dogs, fast food, deep dish, Polish/German foods like sauerkraut.etc.

8. Memphis - The home of great Southern food.

9. Los Angeles - Best Japanese food along with Seattle, also great cheap Mexican, diverse range, from Ethiopian to Ukrainian food.

10. Washington DC - Very diverse range, great southern and northeastern fare.
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Old 11-04-2012, 06:31 AM
 
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For all kinds of food...it's a personal ranking so don't go by Michellin stars or whatnot.

I haven't been to some of these cities but it's what I'd imagine I'd like:

1. New York City - the sheer diversity, Italian (Italian American) food. The delis and Middle Eastern food cart. Best place for great Latin American food.

2. Houston - While not a fan of the city, it probably has a great mix of Tex-Mex, Southern/Soul, fast food and decent Vietnamese.

3. New Orleans - Creole/Cajun delights, po-boys, great seafood, great southern food, surprisingly good Italian. Emphasis on quality across the board.

4. San Francisco - fresh produce, organic, seafood, good quality/range of Asian

5. Santa Fe - Love NM style Mexican, enough said.

6. Boston - Love clam chowder and other New England dishes. Also great Italian food.

7. Chicago - Hard to beat for hot dogs, fast food, deep dish, Polish/German foods like sauerkraut.etc.

8. Memphis - The home of great Southern food.

9. Los Angeles - Best Japanese food along with Seattle, also great cheap Mexican, diverse range, from Ethiopian to Ukrainian food.

10. Washington DC - Very diverse range, great southern and northeastern fare.
I thought you had ever been to Chicago?

Placing Chicago and LA after Houston, Santa Fe, and Boston is a joke. Shows you haven't been to those places.

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Old 11-04-2012, 06:43 AM
 
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From cities I have actually BEEN to:

1. NYC
2. Chicago
3. SF
4. LA
5. Miami
6. Houston
7. San Diego
8. Memphis
9. Boston.
10. DC
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Old 11-04-2012, 06:45 AM
 
Location: Chicago(Northside)
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nyc
chicago
new orleans
atlanta
philly
cincinnati
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Old 11-04-2012, 08:34 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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My top 10 in no particular order:

Los Angeles
San Francisco
New York
Seattle
Chicago
New Orleans
Houston
Boston
Philadelphia
Miami
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Old 11-04-2012, 09:03 AM
 
Location: Muncie, IN
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Mine are...

SF
NYC
Chicago
LA
New Orleans
Las Vegas
Seattle
Boston
Portland, OR
KC
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Old 11-04-2012, 09:17 AM
 
Location: Maryland
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Mine would be:

NYC
SF
Chicago
Vancouver, BC
New Orleans
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LA
Miami
Boston
DC
Philadelphia

The two different tiers are in no particular order. I could also see replacing DC with either Houston or Austin, but those were the cities that came to my mind first when I think "Damn, I've had really good food there..."
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Old 11-04-2012, 09:43 AM
 
Location: Currently living in Reddit
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Based on where I've been:

1. NYC
2. Chicago
3. SF
4. LA
5. DC
6. NO
7. Philly
8. Miami
9. San Diego
10. Tie: Minneapolis/Pittsburgh

I'm kinda going with, "Does this city have an example of a cuisine(s) that are better than other cities/is there something unique I can get here that I can't get elsewhere?"

I hear a lot of good comments about Houston, but I must've missed those places and while a huge fan of central/southern Mexican, not so much a TexMex fan. Never had a meal in Dallas where I thought, "Hmm, this is as good as it gets." Never been to Portland and only spent 2 days in Seattle, eating crap thanks to my host client. I lived in Boston for 2 years and tried to find a place on this list, but my two favorite places are closed and I found the high-end places really overhyped for what they delivered. They're probably #12 though because of dim sum and having one of my favorite sandwiches.

And yeah, I imagine folks are thinking, "Pittsburgh?". Trust me, in the last 5 years the place has come around big time.

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Old 11-04-2012, 11:22 AM
 
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Not really in order:
Los Angeles
New York
Chicago
San Francisco (including Oakland/Berkeley)
Houston (by reputation)
Seattle
Philadelphia
Portland
New Orleans
Washington
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Old 11-04-2012, 11:30 AM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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Boston: North End is the best Little Italy(anitpasto salad at Al Dente, or the pastries stuffed with spinach & ricotta), coal fired pizza at Angelos, the neighborhood Brazilian Churrasco grills, great seafood (even better in smaller towns in the North Shore suburbs), I miss Maine lobster rolls and steamed cleams.

Maui: All the fresh fruit and garden fresh veggies, Mahi Mahi, breakfast in Kihei with a crabmeat omelette and banana/coconut pancakes with coconut syryp. Pulled pork from an unearthed pig at the imu pit served with a Mai Tai. Love it!

Santa Fe: I love New Mexican food, hot red and green chiles, sopapillas, carne adovado, and the best margharitas. Breakfast at the Old House with blue corn and pinon nut pancakes drizzled in honey with apricots....mmmm.

Alaska (in various towns): Nothing tops the freshly caught fish or shrimp from cold Alaskan waters, or breakfast with a reindeer sausage omelette.

Seattle: for Thai (unbelievable selection of it), Seafood, and all the wonderful produce at Pike Market, and the best coffee shops in the country.

Philadelphia: Good Italian food, even had great Mexican here one time, love the cheesesteaks

Montreal: Ate at a restaurant here that served delicious varfiation of duck, good bagels, even a a great Little Italy, and love the cafes/bakeries

Chicago: In my 20's partied here until lat call at 5 AM, then the 24 hour burrito and breakfast joints were great. I actually really like Chicago style pizza too at Ginos East

San Antonio/Austin: Had some of the best steak, bbq, and huevos rancheros in this part of Texas.

San Francisco: I love the food in Chinatown, & I remember eating well with creative culinary delights in many neighborhood joints for not a lot of money.

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