No, we’re not talking about stereotypical food, like deep dish or Italian beef. We mean…what is created in the deep, unconscious crucible of a city, and when it bubbles to the surface, unmistakably belongs to that city. What that might be in Chicago will have to wait for another day, but consider the following two idiosyncratic foods that our brother blogs MP:Philadelphia and MP:San Francisco highlighted (with photos) today:
• Philadelphia’s entrant is brilliant, obvious, disgusting, and clearly Philadelphian, all at once. It’s called a “Philly Taco,” and consists of a cheesesteak wrapped in a slice of pizza. We’re having a Zen moment over it, really we are.
• San Francisco is the birthplace of New American cuisine whether you want to admit it or not, and this photo set of dishes at Brick gives credence to the contention that SF is still very much at the locus (or at least one of the loci). Even though the pictures aren’t of the highest quality, the freshness of the ingredients comes through and somehow screams Northern California, and the not-immediately-obvious charms of the dishes tell us this is intended for foodies. Yup, the real deal.