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Old 05-12-2009, 12:08 AM
 
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Yeah, that's next on my list. The place I visited *supposedly* got their recipes from Philadelphia. However, the sandwich was small, and it really tasted more like it was intentioned for a Chicago palate--i.e. somebody who would appreciate an Italian Beef more than a Cheesesteak. It was good but kind of a let down.

Have you ever been to Philly's Best?
It's well known that the secret to the cheesesteak is in our water. Doesn't matter if the Philly's Best guys are from here, it's not the same.
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Old 05-12-2009, 12:10 AM
 
Location: roaming gnome
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Yeah, that's next on my list. The place I visited *supposedly* got their recipes from Philadelphia. However, the sandwich was small, and it really tasted more like it was intentioned for a Chicago palate--i.e. somebody who would appreciate an Italian Beef more than a Cheesesteak. It was good but kind of a let down.

Have you ever been to Philly's Best?
haha uhhh yeah... it is the best one I've had outside of philadelphia...though I've only had one of them in Philadelphia which was supposed to be "the place" to go to get one.. If you get their flyer from the restaurant I remember it going on about how they came to Chicago, nobody made a damn decent cheesesteak, so they opened their own place.

The one I went to is in Greektown and was only open for a bit before I moved.
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Old 05-12-2009, 12:11 AM
 
Location: West Town, Chicago
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Gonna have to disagree here. If you move to Chicago from some other US location, the difference is noticable. Chicago food is a cut above.
The competition demands it. When I moved to the area a few years ago I definitely noticed the difference. Perhaps if you've always lived there, it would be hard to tell, but there is a difference. If I'm hungry, I wish I am in Chicago!
He doesn't live in Chicago. Dementor's hobby is to insult Chicago without having ever been here. He lives in White Plains, a distant exurb of NYC.
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Old 05-12-2009, 12:31 AM
 
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SF beats Chicago in Chinese, Southeast Asian (vietnamese, thai, etc...), Mexican, Sushi, Middle-Eastern, Indian, African, American fine dining, seafood, and many more types of food.

Chicago beats SF for hot dogs, pizza, sandwiches, and greek.
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SF beats Chicago in Chinese,Burmese,Filipino,Raw Food and American fine dining.

Chicago beats SF for hot dogs, pizza, Delis,Greek,Polish,Serbian,German,Jamaican,Cuban, Mexican,Vietnamese(check out Argyle St.),Indian,Ethiopian,Soul Food and many more types of food.

Call it a tie for Thai and Japanese. Everywhere has Thai restaurants now. Even Milwaukee has more than a dozen. I haven't seen anything in the city of SF to compare with the magnificent Mitsuwa market in Arlington Heights. Nijiya is ok but not in the same league.

Devon Ave. is the premier "Little India" area in the U.S. Nothing in SF comes remotely close. If you go down to Sunnyvale or Fremont there is great authentic Indian food. There is also one really authentic Indian vegetarian place in San Mateo.

The food I really miss is Jamaican. Chicago has at least a dozen places compared to zero in SF.

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Old 05-12-2009, 12:33 AM
 
Location: West Town, Chicago
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SF beats Chicago in Chinese,Burmese,Filipino,Raw Food and American fine dining.

Chicago beats SF for hot dogs, pizza, Delis,Greek,Polish,Serbian,German,Jamaican,Cuban, Mexican,Vietnamese(check out Argyle St.),Indian,Ethiopian,Soul Food and many more types of food.

Call it a tie for Thai and Japanese. Everywhere has Thai restaurants now. Even Milwaukee has more than a dozen. I haven't seen anything in the city of SF to compare with the magnificent Mitsuwa market in Arlington Heights. Nijiya is ok but not in the same league.

Devon St. is the premier "Little India" area in the U.S. Nothing in SF comes remotely close. If you go down to Sunnyvale or Fremont there is great authentic Indian food. There is also one really authentic Indian vegetarian place in San Mateo.

The food I really miss is Jamaican. Chicago has at least a dozen places compared to zero in SF.
Great post. I never knew Chicago's Devon Street was THE Little India in the US. Very interesting. I've been meaning to take the woman up there, and I will one of these days.
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Old 05-12-2009, 12:34 AM
 
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It's well known that the secret to the cheesesteak is in our water. Doesn't matter if the Philly's Best guys are from here, it's not the same.
That's what everyone says about the greatness of their town's particular special food. It's always the water.

The sno-cones in Chicago are the best, especially the plain ones.
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Old 05-12-2009, 07:49 AM
 
Location: Chicago- Lawrence and Kedzie/Maywood
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That's it? You can get that in any big city... C'mon let's get interesting.
That's one neighborhood.
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Old 05-12-2009, 08:40 AM
 
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New Orleans hands down. The food here makes you wanna slap yo mama. Even the Mexican tamales and crispy tacos in New Orleans are better that the ones I had in San Antonio or Houston
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Old 05-12-2009, 09:00 AM
 
Location: West Town, Chicago
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That's it? You can get that in any big city... C'mon let's get interesting.
Haha! Right. You'd have to go all the way out to Brooklyn to get to NYC's one Albanian restaurant. And it's "Italian and Albanian." There are dozens in Chicago.

"Let's get realistic."
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Old 05-12-2009, 09:25 AM
 
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Why do these stupid threads always make a turn for the worst? Realistically, concerning "street food" the list probably goes like this:

1) NYC - clearly #1

2) Chicago, Philly, SF, LA - Can probably all make a claim for #2, none of these cities are leaps and bounds ahead of one another.
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