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Old 04-06-2014, 03:51 PM
 
Location: Michigan
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In metro Detroit it's Coney Island restaurants. There's like 10 of them per square mile.
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Old 04-06-2014, 04:10 PM
 
Location: SE Michigan
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In metro Detroit it's Coney Island restaurants. There's like 10 of them per square mile.
Yep, same here in SE MI. I never realised that "Coney" was a category of restaurant until I moved here.

Sadly, I utterly loathe coneys (hot dogs, basically.) One thing I seriously miss about living out west is the really good Mexican food truck breakfasts. Fast food options around here are non-existent unless you're into fast-food chains.
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Old 04-06-2014, 08:46 PM
 
Location: too far from the sea
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In my part of New England it's fresh seafood places. Clam shacks, fish sandwiches, fish&chips, baked haddock. Also diners--and they are genuine and good, nothing fake.

What we lack is good Mexican food. It's almost non existent except for (yuck) Taco Bell.
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Old 04-06-2014, 08:57 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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I don't think diners are regional; I think every region has its diners, but I don't think that diners are the same everywhere. Edward Hopper and Normal Rockwell interpretations of diners were famous because of the very ubiquity of diners.

Where I am from, diners are casual, offer counter service as well as booths and tables (depending on size), usually have late night hours, and specialize in truckstop-style fare...lots of breakfasts available all day, and overall mostly fried and grilled food. My personal go-to diner meal is a classic patty melt...rye bread, grilled onions, cheese, and hamburger patty, fried golden on a griddle, and fries.

There are pizza places everywhere I've ever lived,likewise...but they don't all look like NYC pizzerias, not by a long shot.
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Old 04-07-2014, 05:50 AM
 
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I think people that move away from NYC miss the NYC deli scene as I know several former NYers that they always want to go and eat a deli when they visit.
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Old 04-07-2014, 07:29 AM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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Here in GA there's a BBQ joint on every corner.
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Old 04-07-2014, 09:16 AM
 
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You need to get out more!
No, he's right. There's a very distinct atmosphere to a NY/NJ-style pizzeria. The only time I've experienced it here in Denver was when I went to a place that served that type of pizza, and even then it wasn't really the same. But it was close!

There was a place in Maryland that me and my buddies stopped at because it LOOKED like a NJ-style pizzeria but the pizza was beyond awful. We felt like there'd been a bait and switch, lol - the four of us just sitting there glaring at our plates with baleful eyes.
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Old 04-07-2014, 09:20 AM
 
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I think people that move away from NYC miss the NYC deli scene as I know several former NYers that they always want to go and eat a deli when they visit.
I miss the neighborhood delis in Jersey. We just don't have that in Denver. It's all chains or grocery-store sandwiches. There's virtually no mom n pop shops where you go in, pick your deli meat, your cheese, your roll, ya know? Whenever I go home, one of my stops is for turkey, mayo and American on a bagel or hard roll, with a bag of chips and a pickled. Seems like a fairly simple thing, but here I usually end up at Jimmy John's for want of a better option.

They do have some fairly decent Philly cheesesteak shops though.
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Old 04-07-2014, 10:02 AM
 
Location: Middle America
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Here in GA there's a BBQ joint on every corner.
Same in KC.
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Old 04-07-2014, 10:52 AM
 
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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We have meat and threes in the south. It is a divey sort of place that lists different meats like fried chicken, fried catfish, meatloaf, chicken livers, etc and you pick one then pick three sides like collards, mac and cheese, fries, slaw, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans etc.

BBQ joints in South Carolina are more out in the country places that are usually in a cinderblock building and only open Fri-Sunday. The real goods ones at least.
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