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Do L.A. ex-pats to other cities ....

end up on Chowhound looking for L.A. style dishes?

Has there ever been a thread on the Chicago board from an L.A. native jonesing for a Hot Dog on a Stick?

Anyone ever move to Manhattan from Cali and come to chowhound wondering where they could find an L.A. style taco?

I suppose there are, there must be.

I'm not native Californian, but I've lived in L.A. since I'm a kid. I only have vague memories of liking the deli in Brooklyn or pizza. It's been so long that I don't long for egg creams or pizza or pastrami. (I sort of miss Lundy's, oddly enough, but mostly because as a kid I liked the whole stand-next-to-someone-who-is-just-about-done-and-wait-for-their-table thing. Is that place still there?)

Anywhooo ...

Lot's of people from around the country end up living in Los Angeles. And they bring with them their cravings for ... well, recently it's been egg sandwiches on a kaiser roll and gooey deli sandwiches. You know it includes pizza, wings, and cheesesteak sandwiches, too.

So, if you frequent other boards, what to the El Lay people look for when they move to your city? What's the Cali thing I'll miss most 'cuz I can't find it in your town?

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    1. I assume they must... fish tacos and burritos and Korean food and really excellent sushi in the suburbs are not, perhaps, staples of Kansas City.

      My question is, are they as dismissive of what IS available as some of the ex-pats that post on the LA board (naming no names... *coughNEWYORKcough*)?

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      1. re: Das Ubergeek

        On the SF Bay Area board we have folks who are fond of replicated New England seaside shacks featuring well-traveled Atlantic seafood. Lobster rolls, anyone?

      2. SF Bay Area 25+ years...now in Maine. One of the things I most miss is "real" Mexican food, including what Chowhounds call "Mission-style" burritos.

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        1. re: HDinCentralME

          I'm in the Twin Cities. I, too, sorely miss "Mission-style" burritos. There is lots of Mexican food in the Twin Cities and many of my fellow posters on the Twin Cities boards love their local Mexican joints, but it's nothing like what I was used to in San Francisco, and I miss it.

          ~TDQ

        2. Los Angeles native...now in Houston.

          Hubby misses certain restaurants/fast food chains....In and Out, Carl's Jr, Pinks, Claim Jumper's.

          I on the other hand tend to miss grocery stores....Trader Joe's, Marukan, Giovanni's, certain mexican markets.

          I also miss farmer's markets. There are farmers market's here in Houston but they don't compare in goods or size.

          1. I teach a class on California in the Boston area and talk much about the culture of food (California food). Of course this includes great spirited debates with NYCers about whether LA or NYC is the best place to find food from home.