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Old 03-11-2012, 07:48 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Nope. I can't even buy common curry powder or any kind of chutney in supermarkets. I have to order it online or have somebody bring me some.
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Old 03-11-2012, 08:26 PM
 
Location: Valdez, Alaska
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Rural areas will usually only have a bunch of chain restaurants or standard American staples like diners or pizzerias.
I'd say if your area has a bunch of chain restaurants it's not very rural.

For a small town with an extremely low-density area outside of it, we have a decent selection of restaurants. Between here and the next town we've got the usual Chinese/Sushi, Italian, and Mexican restaurants, but there are also two authentic Thai places that are quite popular, and an authentic Russian restaurant. There was an Indian place for awhile that most people liked, but it was too expensive and didn't make it. We've still got more pizza places than anything else, but a new bar/restaurant makes a really good hummus. Thai restaurants are very popular in Anchorage and Fairbanks, as is sushi. There's a Nepalese restaurant in Anchorage that I'd like to try, as it gets really good reviews.
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Old 03-11-2012, 08:35 PM
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Location: Oakland
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Burritos are really Tex-Mex, for example, and not Mexican.
Wrong.

Burrito - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

There isn't even one single kind of burrito, there are different styles from around Mexico and the US. The earliest known ones were in Mexico, while the earliest known ones in the US were in LA. And thanks to chains like Chipotle, the most popular kind in the US (aside from Taco Bell of course) is probably the SF style burrito, not anything from Texas.
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Old 03-11-2012, 08:42 PM
 
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Definitely. St. Louis has a bunch of Chinese, Mexican, Japanese, Vietnamese, Thai, and Indiana restaurants...Greek as well (Michael's).
Syracuse is like this, but add Spanish Caribbean, Jamaican, African(East and West), Middle Eastern, Polish/Ukrainian and some other European etnics foods.

Here are example from a somewhat dated website: cnymenus dot com CUISINE
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Old 03-11-2012, 08:47 PM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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Has the average Joe Schmoe in your town eaten sushi?
None of this is really any of my business. And I certainly wouldn't equate familiarity with hummus with desirable personality traits, or dare to make generalizations about someone's worth based on the foods they've tasted and/or prefer.
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Old 03-12-2012, 01:22 AM
 
Location: In bed with Madonna
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In LA people know about all kind of foreign food, we have all kind of restaurants in this city.
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Old 03-12-2012, 06:30 AM
 
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The Orlando area is by and large a culinary wasteland overrun with chain restaurants of every type. There are some ethnic offerings here with most comparing poorly to similar establishments in other more progressive cities. The farm-to-table/local foods movement which has been in place in most larger cities has yet to take hold here. The Orlando area has just one small legitimate farmers market where attendees are actually all farmers/producers and not fake farmers who buy their produce from the distribution center or are vendors selling flea market items. There are actually many farmers markets here without any legitimate farmers at all. How do you call it a farmers market without any farmers?
I mention the local food aspect because it's relevant to the level of the culinary scene in my opinion and speaks volumes about the demand for authenticity.
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Old 03-12-2012, 06:48 AM
 
Location: London, UK
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The Orlando area is by and large a culinary wasteland overrun with chain restaurants of every type. There are some ethnic offerings here with most comparing poorly to similar establishments in other more progressive cities. The farm-to-table/local foods movement which has been in place in most larger cities has yet to take hold here. The Orlando area has just one small legitimate farmers market where attendees are actually all farmers/producers and not fake farmers who buy their produce from the distribution center or are vendors selling flea market items. There are actually many farmers markets here without any legitimate farmers at all. How do you call it a farmers market without any farmers?
I mention the local food aspect because it's relevant to the level of the culinary scene in my opinion and speaks volumes about the demand for authenticity.
After spending some time living in Orlando I have to agree it is much to Chain heavy when it comes to dining options.

There definitely are some gems though, I think Orlando has excellent Vietnamese especially around the "Little Saigon" area in East 50. Orlando is also strong in Puerto Rican and Colombian offerings. I can personally attest to some great Jamaican restaurants in Pine Hills as well, specifically Caribbean One Stop.
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Old 03-12-2012, 09:10 AM
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Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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Odd question. Even in my little white bread area most of those things the OP listed are available (except maybe the stuff from central Europe and the dosa, had to look that up, they look delicious!), although I'm not sure they would be considered common. But sushi? Really? Is there anywhere you can't find sushi nowadays?
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Old 03-12-2012, 01:33 PM
 
Location: Duluth, Minnesota, USA
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Yes, there are areas where you can't find sushi. As far as I know, sushi is only available in the Metro area, Rochester, La Crosse (WI, but right next to MN), Duluth, and Brainerd, and there it's $12 / roll. If you're living in International Falls, MN (population 12k, but "metro" area considerably larger), the nearest place to get sushi is Duluth, MN, nearly three hours away. In Da Range, the nearest place is also Duluth, but that's only 1 - 1.5 hours away.

Plus, I asked how familiar the average person is with those items, based on your experience.
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