Regional American cuisines in SF and Bay Area
I guess we have a few gems.
All in SF except as noted:
barbecue: Memphis Minnie's, Uncle Willie's (Oakland)
New England seafood: Old Port Lobster Shack (Redwood City), Woodhouse Fish Company
Cajun / Creole: Angeline's (Berkeley), Brenda's French Soul Food, Elite Cafe, Town Hall, Yat's
soul food: 1300 on Fillmore, Farmer Brown, Front Porch, Hard Knox, Little Skillet, Nellie's (Oakland), Pican (Oakland)
Southwestern: Green Chile Kitchen, Left at Albuquerque
Hawaiian: Eva's, Hawaiian Drive In, Hukilau, L&L, Templebar (Berkeley)
old-school San Francisco seafood: Tadich Grill, Sam's Grill
old-school North Beach Italian: Capp's Corner, Sodini's Green Valley
Tex-Mex: not available?
re: Robert Lauriston
I would add Sam's Chowder House in Half Moon Bay to the list for New England seafood. Also, Giordano Bros. in North Beach does the Pittsburgh-style Primanti Brothers sandwich well, and I have read good things about the Chicago-style dogs at the Da Beef cart on Folsom and 7th in SF.
How could I forget?
Chicago deep-dish pizza: Little Star, Patxi's
Chicago "stuffed" deep-dish pizza: Zachary's (Berkeley) (I don't like it myself)
Chicago beef sandwich and/or hot dogs: Da Beef, Chicago Blues (San Leandro), Fleming's Chicago-Style Deli (Vacaville), West Side Cafe (Vallejo)
I suppose you could list Saul's (Berkeley) as a New York style Jewish deli, though obviously it's not traditional and reports are mixed, to say the least. Anyone have a better recommendation for that type of thing?
Edit: I see that bbulkow and I were thinking along the same lines...
The Mission burrito is regional as is Cal-Mex food. Also, California-West Coast Cantonese cuisine could be added although you get into the Chop Suey vs. more modern HK-ish Cantonese food.