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Old 09-05-2014, 06:53 PM
 
Location: Charleston, SC metro
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All of us folks from the Southern states that make the "FAT" list every year appreciate your effort. Keep it up and maybe New York will join us on the list.
We're on the FAT list because of delicious chicken fried chicken and being constantly drunk.
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Old 09-05-2014, 08:25 PM
 
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All of us folks from the Southern states that make the "FAT" list every year appreciate your effort. Keep it up and maybe New York will join us on the list.
In moderation, of course. lol
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Old 09-05-2014, 09:18 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Hm, that's what you think! I've tried it elsewhere. Usually, it sucks. But I guess I'm spoiled. I've never found another area that either has as many Italian/pizza places, including small Italian delis, and consistently good food as the area I live. As I stated earlier, my small town of 20,000 has over 7 pizza places, or Italian restaurants that also serve pizza. It has 2 strictly Italian delis. It has other Italian restaurants that don't serve pizza. By far, no other ethnic food is represented more. And this is the norm for many NJ towns. Can southern or Midwestern towns say the same about Italian food?

Why do you think that the other foods you listed are exclusive to a region but good Italian food cannot be? You can find all the food you mentioned right here in NJ, but who's to say it's as good?
Well Dubble T is right after all. I am a southerner and I do not consider Italian food to be northern food.
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Old 09-05-2014, 10:35 PM
 
Location: Wonderland
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The menu at that Simone's spot looks pretty good. If you're ever in Dallas hit up Sweet Georgia Brown's.

I'm glad you posted that. I once had a black New Yorker try to tell me that blacks don't eat that "slave food" up there anymore now that they're several generations removed from the South.
Hell, I'm whiter than Wonder Bread and I just ate some of that slave food last night - I made a baked ham, and collard greens, and yellow squash casserole, and black eyed peas and biscuits, followed by buttermilk pie.

This was the meal my daughter requested since she and her family were coming for a visit. Apparently I raised her RIGHT. I was proud to make it.

Her husband is from Philly and is from an Italian/Puerto Rican family. He wasn't raised on this sort of food, but he took to it like a duck takes to water. I caught him a little while ago warming up some collard greens for a little late night snack!
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Old 09-05-2014, 10:38 PM
 
Location: Charleston, SC metro
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My wife makes collard greens that will make you want to stay the night. If you don't make them with bacon or moist ham, you're doing it wrong.
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Old 09-05-2014, 10:55 PM
 
Location: Wonderland
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My wife makes collard greens that will make you want to stay the night. If you don't make them with bacon or moist ham, you're doing it wrong.
Well, of course I make them with bacon. I also boil them in chicken broth. And add a smidgen of Tony Chachere's as well as a bit of vinegar and a bit of sugar, and salt and pepper. DAY-um!!!!!
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Old 09-05-2014, 11:56 PM
 
Location: Savannah GA
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I work across the street from Paula Deen's restaurant in Savannah. I'm not going to lie to you; if you grew up on traditional Southern (or even Midwestern) cuisine like fried chicken, country fried steak, fried pork chops, pot pie, mashed potatoes, field peas, mac and cheese, creamed corn, collards and sweet potatoes, it's probably not going to impress. And yet, hundreds -- HUNDREDS -- of people line up every day to get their names on the waiting list to get in and eat at The Lady & Sons. The overwhelming majority of them come out saying it's the best meal they've ever had. Tonight, 4 sweet ladies from Alabama waddled out stuffed to the gills and uttered "OMG!" And I have no doubt whatsoever that any of those ladies could have cooked up a comparable meal back home.

Can you get a better meal in Savannah? Absolutely! But who am I to deny these people their guilty pleasures? They love what she serves up. If it's different than what they're used to getting at home (which is pretty much the case for people from other parts of the country, and the world) it might as well be the finest gourmet dining on the planet.
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Old 09-06-2014, 12:09 AM
 
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Well Dubble T is right after all. I am a southerner and I do not consider Italian food to be northern food.
I don't necessarily consider it to be northern, but I do consider it to be better in the northeast which by default associates it more with the north (pizza and NYC, for example). By better I really mean best.

I don't know how chains like Olive Garden or pizza chains make it around here. Then again, I don't see many in my area. I'm not even sure where the nearest Olive Garden is. Pizza chains are definitely more common but are FAR outnumbered by local places.
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Old 09-06-2014, 12:30 AM
 
Location: Savannah GA
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I don't necessarily consider it to be northern, but I do consider it to be better in the northeast which by default associates it more with the north (pizza and NYC, for example). By better I really mean best.

I don't know how chains like Olive Garden or pizza chains make it around here. Then again, I don't see many in my area. I'm not even sure where the nearest Olive Garden is. Pizza chains are definitely more common but are FAR outnumbered by local places.
I have had Italian in the north and Italian in the South, and I can honestly say there's no difference. The best New York-style pizza I've ever eaten is at Vinnie Van Go-Go's in Savannah, Georgia. There are a handful of traditional Italian bistros here that are as good as anything you'd find in the Northeast. This isn't me talking, it's tourists and newcomers who come here from the Northeast and brag on it via Trip Advisor, Urban Spoon, etc.

Sure, good Italian places are a dime a dozen and to be found on every block in NYC or NJ. But it's not like that's the only place in America that you can get food Italian food -- far from it.
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Old 09-06-2014, 12:49 AM
 
Location: Savannah GA
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We're on the FAT list because of delicious chicken fried chicken and being constantly drunk.
I work in a bar in Savannah across the street from Paula Deen's, so I am doubly cursed.

All-you-can-eat fried chicken + two-for-one double bourbons in to-go cups = FAT FAT FAT
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