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Old 08-19-2017, 11:52 AM
 
Location: Hanau, Germany
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Turkish by far, followed by Italian.
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Old 08-19-2017, 12:16 PM
 
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Olive Garden's in Italy, PF Chang's in China, Outback Steakhouse in Australia, Häagen-Dazs in Denmark ...
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Old 08-19-2017, 12:45 PM
 
Location: Vancouver
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Pizza places can be considered "Italian" ifs the owner still speaks Italian. Otherwise it is just typical North American food like the burger joints.
If you apply that criteria to all restaurants, then you have nothing. Just because someone speaks Italian doesn't mean they can cook Italian. Some of the best French Chefs, aren't French for instance.

Now I'm not saying all pizza places are equal. Some are much more authentic than others, but for the sake of classification, pizza places are Italian, just like people call burgers in Europe, American, even though the cooks/owners don't speak a word of english.

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Old 08-19-2017, 01:47 PM
 
Location: London, United Kingdom
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For every city in the U.S. it will be Italian, North American Chinese and Mexican.
Nope.

Washington D.C. is El Salvadoran, Honolulu is Japanese, and Miami is Cuban.

Aside from those three, yeah, you're right. All of the other American cities would be represented by one of either Italian or Mexican as their de facto #1. Minus San Juan, Puerto Rico of course, that's a special case altogether.
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Old 08-19-2017, 01:56 PM
 
Location: Denver CO
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For every city in Canada the answer will be Italian and North American Chinese (chicken balls, chicken fried rice, egg rolls, etc.).


For every city in the U.S. it will be Italian, North American Chinese and Mexican.


It's when you dig a little deeper that things get more interesting.


So if we want to make the discussion worth it, for my city the answer would be Lebanese shawarma. Honourable mention probably goes to pad thai.
What are chicken balls?


As for my answer, someone already answered for Denver, and it's definitely Mexican.

In the NY/NE region I used to to live in, it's Italian (yes, including pizza) followed by Chinese.
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Old 08-20-2017, 10:32 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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What are chicken balls?

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Is this a serious question (from someone who lives in Colorado)?
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Old 08-21-2017, 10:41 AM
 
Location: Denver CO
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Is this a serious question (from someone who lives in Colorado)?
Yes, it's serious question. I've never heard that terminology and I have no idea what it means. And I was at a Chinese restaurant in Colorado yesterday and they had no such thing on the menu.
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Old 08-21-2017, 10:46 AM
 
Location: San Diego, California Republic
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What?
I know there is Cantonese cuisine because Canton is a Chinese province. BUt what the hell is "Mandarin cuisine"? The rest of China (which is 1.3B people) don't share the same kind of cuisine. Why do Americans keep thinking China is all about the divide between Cantonese and Mandarin? Canton is one of the provinces in China and nothing makes it different from the rest of the country, in language, food or anything.
LOL You might want to ask the people who put that on their restaurants but in California, especially San Diego, you see "Mandarin Cuisine". Tell them it doesn't make any sense to you.
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Old 08-21-2017, 11:04 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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Yes, it's serious question. I've never heard that terminology and I have no idea what it means. And I was at a Chinese restaurant in Colorado yesterday and they had no such thing on the menu.
I referred to American/Americanized Chinese food restaurants. If you go to an authentic Chinese restaurant of course they won't have it as it isn't really anything that they eat in China.


Sweet and sour chicken encased in batter (often in the form of "balls") is common all across USA-Canada in cheaper non-authentic Chinese-style restaurants. Especially takeout places.


In Denver as elsewhere.
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Old 08-21-2017, 11:34 AM
 
Location: Denver CO
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I referred to American/Americanized Chinese food restaurants. If you go to an authentic Chinese restaurant of course they won't have it as it isn't really anything that they eat in China.


Sweet and sour chicken encased in batter (often in the form of "balls") is common all across USA-Canada in cheaper non-authentic Chinese-style restaurants. Especially takeout places.


In Denver as elsewhere.
Sweet and sour chicken I know. I have never heard it called chicken balls. Not in Colorado nor anywhere else. Thank you for clarifying.
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