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May 24, 2007 07:32 PM

Match the city to its ethnic cuisine

I would like to get opinions on which "ethnic" cuisines are done well in North American cities (without launching into a huge discussion of what constitutes ethnic).
For example, my hometown of Montreal has excellent Greek and Vietnamese restaurants. What are the standouts in other cities across Canada and the US?

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  1. Just from my experience (and no surprise to anyone):

    Mexican in Los Angeles
    Chinese in San Francisco
    Italian in NYC
    Ethopian in DC (Adams Morgan)

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    1. re: mojoeater

      "and no surprise to anyone"


      1. re: mojoeater

        I think SF or at least the Bay area is also very strong for Indian.

        1. re: mojoeater

          Newark, NJ for Spanish/Portuguese
          Detroit for Greek (second to Astoria, New York)
          Dallas for BBQ (not exactly ethnic?)

          1. re: RGC1982

            Detroit--NO CONTEST--for Middle Eastern. Also good for Polish

            1. re: coney with everything

              I agree - being a Detroiter and having lived in Astoria, I say Detroit - Middle Eastern, and Astoria - Greek.

          2. Calgary: Vietnamese, no contest, but we also have more Ismaili-style "Indian-African" restos than I've seen elsewhere.

            Toronto is of course too diverse to permit generalisation, but the way it's elevated West Indian food to routine street food status (like burritos in SF) deserves special mention- everyone knows not only what roti is but can rattle off a list of their faves; every corner store sells Jamaican patties... etc.

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            1. re: John Manzo

              I often thought that Toronto had elevated Savoie cuisine to street food status

                1. re: John Manzo

                  I often thought that Toronto with its large Italian population and a large Irish community would be a hotbed of an area inbetween...namely Savoie. Hearty food with an abundence of flavours.

            2. Richmond/Vancouver will match San Fran for the Chinese. Seattle could take Japanese (mostly for the sushi, though) but also vietnamese or thai...I hear it is close 2nd behind DC for Ethiopian.

              1. Montréal for French and Québecois cuisine.

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                1. re: mrbozo

                  Yeah, but that doesn't really count as ethnic cuisine, does it? Montréal is in Québec, so of course they do Québecois food.

                  1. re: piccola

                    Québécois are not an ethnic group? Where outside of Quebec, especially in the United States, is one able to get authentic Quebecois cuisine to the extent that one can in Montreal?

                    1. re: mrbozo

                      No, what I meant is that it's not an ethnic food in Québec because that's where it's from.

                      I thought the point of this thread was to highlight the contributions of immigrant communities in various cities. What you're saying is, for Québecois food, go to Québec - which is a given.

                      1. re: piccola

                        ok, I'll bite... what's typical Quebecois food?? (sorry...)

                      2. re: mrbozo

                        Lewiston, Me., the Quebcois and Somali capitol of Maine. Go figure.

                  2. Providence for Portuguese