AMERICAN FOOD

Excluding fast food (whose origins and processing techniques are always questionable), American food is not popular anywhere else in the world. It is the year 2005, and TGI Friday’s is the pinnacle of American dining.

There are certain foods that immediately come to mind when I think of foreign food…

China – sweet and sour chicken
Italy – pasta
Germany – massive sausage
Japan – sushi
France – baguettes
Mexico – grilled stuft burrito
North Korea – grass porridge

But the United States? Burgers.

All the popular American chefs take strong influences from other countries. Except for some Southern cooking, this country has little food culture.

27 thoughts on “AMERICAN FOOD

  1. Marc

    Steak.

    Nowhere else in the world (Except perhaps Kobe) will you find steak as wonderful as a good American cow.

  2. Spaniard

    Go to Argentina or Spain and feast on the best steaks in the planet. Argentinian beef is world renowned.

    The only things that come to mind in the U.S. for me are hot dogs, buffalo wings, ketchup, and barbeque ribs. Oh and salad dressings, yuck.

    Haha, massive sausage.

  3. Marc

    I believe Kobe actually has the best steaks in the world. I’ve been to Argentina and I didn’t have beef in Spain.

    Even still, I’ll take the pepsi challenge, I’ve had some REALLY good steak here.

  4. Spaniard

    Well, I’ll have to back off as I’ve never had Kobe beef. But at $300 a pound, it’s obligated to be the bomb. Do they serve it anywhere around here?

  5. Aja

    Being from New Orleans, most folks I run into from abroad think of NOLA as the best cuisine available in the U.S. I agree 100%.

  6. Marc

    Of course, that’s like coming to america and buying a steak at Denny’s and going back to your home country thinking steaks in America suck.

    How do you know you got the best steak Spain has to offer?

  7. Eugenius

    Are you kidding me, best steak is in Brazil…People, time to start traveling….

  8. Spaniard

    The strong culture in the U.S. teaches people to make enlightening generalizations like that. We’ll let your ignorance slide for now Liz.

  9. CruelHazel

    I prefer foreign cuisine more than American cuisine, yeah, especially Italian and Mid-Eastern. And I enjoying knocking the American culture as much as the next guy. However, from a cultural perspective, you gotta the States some slack. Compared to other countries, the US is pretty young. It takes time to develop cultural cuisine. If you look close enough, you can find instances of American cuisine emerging. Try Wolfgang Puck’s stuff. His California Casual style is a good example of an emerging American-style cuisine.

  10. Greg

    Regarding the steak comment, go to Alberta Canada for the best steak in the world.

    I rarely eat American. After living in San Francisco for 3-4 years, and being in San Diego most of the time, I’ve gotten spoiled by reasonably diverse cuisine (for an american city).

    G

  11. Liz

    It was simply a statement of my opinion. Beef doesn’t blow me away here either. I don’t have a huge love for it. Got a problem?

  12. Dr. Snoop Shizzout

    Liz you need ta let go n releaze thizzay hostility towards men spittin’ that real shit. Perhaps all you need is a funky ass nizzight out on tha town, a shawty romance, fine mackin’. Might I recommend tha catch of tha dizzle a large help’n of mah one-eyed trousa trout almondine. Keep’n it gangsta dogg.

  13. Harrison

    Living abroad for the past 3 months, I can tell you I miss buffalo wings a lot. However, there is nothing like a Bratwurst, that’s for damn sure.

  14. Marc

    Canada, and Germany have the best sausages period.

    In America you can get Brats, beer brats, Italian Sausage and a few other worthless links.

    In Canada they have Oktoberfest, and there is a butcher in Havelock that makes the best greek sausages ever.

    I think the argument about what’s best where kinda of got out of hand, obviously we all have out own taste, and if you were to take the best steak that you know of here, and compare it to what someone else thinks is the best steak in another country. They’d probably be close.

    Except Kobe steak. I hear the japanese feed those cows asian schoolgirl underwear from vending machines.

    what?

  15. Marc

    And Dre’, not to ignore your question from yesterday,

    But yo can’t get Kobe steak here in the US unless you find someone who smuggles it in.

    I believe since Mad cow turned up in Japan a few years ago, there is no more importing of Japanese cow.

    If you do find real Kobe steak (how could you ever be sure?) You’d likely pay 70 – 100 bucks for it.

    I paid 70 bucks for steak once, and it was indeed the best I have ever had.

    Anyway, if you dig steak and are stuck here in the US. Look for a place that serves U.S.D.A Prime.

    Only 1.8% of meat in the US is labeled “Prime” and it is indeed a great steak.

    A reputable steak house that serves prime will usually have a certificate on hand to authenticate that it is indeed prime beef.

    Can you tell I love my steak? 😉

  16. LL

    Does the United States lack culinary strength and depth when it comes to original cuisine? Perhaps.

    But where we do shine is availability/diversity. Think of the breadth of foods available in DC alone, not to mention the rest of the country. It’s the best of our “melting pot” culture. That has it’s ups and downs, but to balance Taco Bells, we have family owned, authentic Mexican restaurants; to balance McDonald’s we have unbelievable hamburger joints that are a genuine part of the community.

    Good American food is out there; you just have to be willing to skip the generalizations and EXPLORE.

    And for those of you who consider the Midwest to be “flyover territory,” I invite you to eat the fresh corn, tomatoes, and apples my grandparents grow themselves…there is absolutely nothing like fresh produce from the Midwest during the summer months!

  17. CatCiao

    Maybe “American” food mirrors what this country is all about – a melting pot of many people and cultures. Personally, I don’t care if we invented sushi, pasta, phat sausages, Ramen noodles or even beer…I enjoy it all because they taste good not for any chest beating jingoism….but we did invent blackened fish, fortune cookies, chocolate chip cookies, velveeta, cheez whiz, slim jims, bubble gum, Gatorade and soft drinks galore – impressive enough reasons to hold your head high 😉

  18. Marc

    We don’t vouch for Texas James, it’s our “Montreal”.

    Fun for a weekend, but goddamned scary most of the time.

  19. The Chef

    crab cakes, collard greens, cheese grits, fried green tomatoes, buttermilk biscuits, country ham, orster po boys,ruben sandwich, blt, grilled cheese sandwich, fried bologna sandwich, ice cream sandwich, banana split, peanutbutter and jelly, tuna melt, eggs benedict, hushpuppies, angel food cake,boston creme pie, Robert E. Lee Cake, Manhattan Clam Chowder, New England Clam Chowder, She Crab Soup, West Coast Chowder, Brownie, Chocolate Chip Cookie, Peanut Butter Cookies, Key Lime Pie, Pumpkin Pie, Shoofly Pie, Caramel Corn & Cracker Jacks, Popcorn Balls, Chicken A’ La King, Chicken Divan, Chicken-Fried Steak, Chicken Tetrazzini,Rocky Mountain Oysters, Prairie Oysters, Mountain Tendergroins, Cowboy Caviar, Swinging Beef, Calf Fries, Caesar Salad, Cobb Salad, Crab Louie/Louis Salad, Waldorf Salad, Beef On Weck Sandwich, Club Sandwich, Dagwood Sandwich, Horseshoe Sandwich, Hot Brown Sandwich, Philadelphia Cheese Steak Sandwich, TABASCO, Spam…
    I could probably think of more but i am getting tired.

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