I was talking with a friend the other day, and he asked me for a recommendation of a good DC place to eat. Not the everyday lets-go-to-a-nice-restaurant kind of place…. no, he was asking about a good traditional DC food kind of place. And you know what I realized? DC just isn’t a good food town. I mean, we have our restaurants and stuff, but it’s not like many other large cities that have their thing. And before you get your panties all up in a roll – blue crabs don’t count. That’s not a DC thing, that’s a Maryland thing… and besides… it’s an animal, not a genre of food. Just take a look at other areas (here’s just a smattering off the top of my head):
Philly – Cheesesteaks
New York – pretty much everything, but particularly Cheesecake & Bagels
Cincinnati – Chili
Chicago – Pizza/Sausages
New Orleans – Cajun style
Milwaukee – Frozen Custard
Boston – Clam Chowder (Chowdah?) & Baked Beans
Buffalo – Wings
And on and on….
But DC? Nope, DC just doesn’t quite cut it. Now don’t get me wrong, we have some very nice restaurants around here… some of the best in the world…. but not a single culinary style or food product unique to us. Perhaps its because this town is so transient – people are in and out within a couple of years. I think because of that, we’ve never really been able to create a true culture for our city that would promote our own culinary treats. It’s sad, because the culture of this town is really that – we have no culture. We have politics, and we have those of us who cater to the government and politicians. What kind of food would that inspire??
Oh, wait- I figured it out! This town IS known for something food oriented…
And that my friends, is something worth blogging about…… or not.