One of our famous local food bloggers (hi, Pats!) recently posted a link to an entry in the LA Public Library's menu archive:
for a Chinese restaurant menu, circa 1946, which refers, among other things, to Chow mein as being available in either of two styles: "Canton, or Chicago Fried".
"Chicago Fried Chow Mein"; sounds either truly wonderfully American, or truly scary, depending on your view.
Anyone know what this was?