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Is there such a thing as good "Americanized" ethnic food?

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Is there such a thing as good "Americanized" ethnic food?

ipsedixit | | Sep 5, 2007 10:26 PM

Be it Americanized Chinese, or Americanized Italian or Americanized Mexican or whatever Americanized, can it ever be considered good?

Whenever the phrase Americanized [insert ethnic cuisine of choice] it's almost always used in a very pejorative sense.

Such as, "I never go to PF Chang's because it's only Americanized Chinese ..."

Or, "I can't stand Olive Garden because they serve Americanized Italian ..."

Whether such statements are true or not is beside the point except to illustrate, I suppose, a common feeling that Americanized ethnic cuisine is somehow subpar, or dumbed-down or something fitting only for the most gullible of the hoi pollloi.

But is there such a thing as good Americanized ethnic cuisine? Can there be such a thing?

Will we ever say, "I am going to Per Se because the kitchen is now serving Americanized Italian!"

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