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Rank of States By Its Food/Drink; Part VI

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Posted by Don, Dueling Bubbas on July 11, 2014 at 15:20:42:

In Reply to: Rank of States By Its Food/Drink; Part I posted by Don, Dueling Bubbas on July 11, 2014 at 15:13:49:

5. Illinois
Chicago is a world-class dining city, nailing everything from the heights of haute cuisine (Alinea regularly ranks as one of, if not the best, restaurants in North America) to the humbler, everyman fatness that comes from their triple (bypass) threat of deep-dish, Chicago dogs, and Italian beef. The level of Mexican cookery is also seriously underrated (and goes well-beyond Rick Bayless). To say that the rest of the state isn’t bringing QUITE as much to the metaphorical and literal table is an understatement, but it can lay claim to the horseshoe, a glorious open-faced sandwich of thick toast that's topped with the protein of your choice (hamburger patties, classically) and piled high with fries and an irresponsible amount of cheese sauce.

4. Louisiana
Look, there’s been so much waxing poetic about the cuisine of New Orleans over the years (both from within and from outsiders) that it gets to feel repetitive. You know all the buzzwords: Cajun and Creole, gumbo and jambalaya, po’ boys and crawfish étouffée, and so forth. It doesn’t change the fact that it’s all unspeakably delicious, which is why lesser versions of it constantly show up on menus around the country. Also, New Orleans may well be America’s finest drinking city, and we don’t just mean the shenanigans on Bourbon Street. Do yourself a favor next time you’re there and class it up for a few damn minutes while you enjoy a Ramos Gin Fizz at the Sazerac Bar.

3. New York
Even though the Big Apple only has mostly normal sized apples, it also has just a FEW other things going for it, from the advantages that come from being a major immigration hub for generations (the pizza’s just the tastily foldable tip of the iceberg) to the delicious results that come from waves of chefs flocking there to try and make it among the scores of Michelin-starred elites already doing their thing. New York’s also contributed quite handsomely to what you do in bars, from cutting edge cocktail innovations to so many beers (Ommegang, Brooklyn, Southern Tier) to, oh yeah, BUFFALO WINGS. Fresh Long Island seafood is spectacular. The bagels that NY expats won’t stop talking about really are that good. Say what you will about New Yorkers, although you’ll probably have a tough time since your mouth is full of their delicious food.

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