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What is the next pedestrian food to go "gourmet"?

Or what do you wish it would be. In America we have seen:

Beer
Coffee
Pasta
Soda - albeit just starting to catch on
etc

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  1. I think it's gonna be Bar B Que.

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        1. re: foodsnob14

          We just got an upscale bbq joint where I am, and the prices are insane. Pretty sure a slab of ribs was something like 35 bux. I think the owner / chef is a grad of some fancy cooking school, and it's all white table cloth.

          1. re: foodsnob14

            Fatty cue might qualify as gourmet, but Fette Sau is simply one of the better barbecue joints to open in a once barbecue-starved city.

            NYC is, however, seeing fried chicken increasingly dressed up for spendier crowds as well as preserved and pickled foods.

            1. re: JungMann

              i'd say the chicken thing peaked out in NY a year or 2 ago

          2. re: monku

            Hmmmm....complex sauces, rubs, hours of smoking, sides, gourmet cuts of meat. Seems like lots of room for tinkering to me.

        2. According to this article soda sales in the US peaked in 2005 giving way to water, sports drinks and energy drinks.

          http://www.nytimes.com/2006/03/09/bus...

          1. I'm seeing bologna, thick cut, show up on up-scale, casual menus.

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            1. re: CocoaNut

              Been done.
              In LA we have Spring Street BBQ and they smoke a whole bologna and serve it up on a sandwich. It's just ok.

              1. re: jfood

                On the west coast we've had Jodi Maroni Gourmet Sausage since 1979.

                1. re: monku

                  Bruce Aidells since then or before.

                  1. re: buttertart

                    sausage has been around for a long time (remember upton sinclair) but when you start seeing on high end menus then it has gone gourmet.

                    btw - aidells are very good.

                    1. re: jfood

                      Lived 4 blocks from his first shop in Berkeley. Even industrialized it's a nice product.

                  2. re: monku

                    jfood had some JM sausage at las vegas airport a few weeks ago. he did not like it at all.

                    1. re: jfood

                      Didn't say you were going to like it, but that's one of the so-called gourmet sausages.

                      1. re: monku

                        jfood likes good food whether it is gourmet or not. the JM sausages were terrible, he threw them both out.

                        1. re: jfood

                          I had JM a couple times when they first came on the scene and wondered what the big deal was. Otherwise I'm not a fan.
                          There's no law against using the word "gourmet" in your products are there?

                          1. re: monku

                            not that jfood knows and probably like you the antennae go up when he sees "gourmet" anything. like the words on the pizza box, "you tried the rest now try the best" or "world famous'.

                            1. re: jfood

                              I always wondered what makes something "world famous".....is it because some guy from a remote corner of the world has eaten it?....or is there a place called "world"?

                                1. re: monku

                                  jfood has the same comment on "fast food." is it food that is quickly prepared or food that makes you want to fast. :-))

                    2. re: jfood

                      I think the good ship Salumi sailed 3 or 4 years ago.

                    3. there was an article on here recently about milk...

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