This is an interesting discussion, as when someone says "what's an American food" or What's indicative of NY food?
Never having been to NY, I think of it as the corner shop that specializes in ... pastrami...pizza...proshki...saurkraut....
each of those is heralding to their European roots for bringing in the flavors and cooking from their Homeland.
Most cuisines are melting pots it would just be hard to market the food that way so there must be staple dishes people expect on the menu. Italian, Chinese, etc. But take a trip top that country and see the difference. I've had good pizza in Thailand.
The world is a whole lot more connected now than it was 70 years ago, so if a person went to Thailand 50 years ago, I'd bet that you would not be able to find a proper pizza in the whole country. (just guessing here...just to make a point...)
Wars happened, people stayed,....now, there are a lot more folks making homes and restaurants in other countries than what were there 70 years ago.
Yea right, the politics going on with the Cali teams is worse than real politics right now. Someone could pick the Raiders today thinking Oaktown but they might be in Las Vegas, San Diego, or ??? by TD kickoff
The 9ers just hired a coach that doesn't even know what a football is.
Anyway I'm a Eagles fan and my fav TD allstar is doing Philly, so I expect good things.
Hael Yea!! Best dogs I ever had were Mexican style. My friend Sergio's wife makes them with Casper dogs and cooks em slow on the weber with pure oak wood coals and they are SOOO Delicious.
She serves them with fire roasted penos too
Chicago is a great food city, and I imagine much like NYC it all depends on what neighborhood or borough you're in. Chicago has deep dish and hot dogs of course, but there are areas where you can get any/all manner of foods from everywhere on the planet if you know what you're looking for.
Pho? Little Vietnam at Broadway & Argyle.
Dim Sum? Cermack & Wentworth is your spot. All manner of sushi/noodle shops and such dot the city - usually one on just about every block.
Italian food? Taylor St between Racine & Ashland (Chicago is also known for italian beef, but those are everywhere)
Greek food? A good portion of our diner and family restaurants were originally opened by Greeks and you can find their imprint all over the city. Best Greek food is centered on Halsted between Adams and Jackson.
Latin/Mexican? Head over to 18th street in Pilsen, but don't neglect North Center or Albany Park. (not to mention any of the small hole in the wall taquerias sprinkled all over!)
Middle East your thing? Try Devon and Western - a bonanza of food from all over the map - most of it cheap and oh so good.
Irish/English pubs abound, most of them serving dynamite fare with beer lists pages long. Fine dining, centering on big thick steaks and seafood flown in daily abound.
You'll not want for pretty much any food, at pretty much any time of the day or night in Chicago.