I was having lunch today at Chicago's Deli in Pleasanton, where I found out the following...this place didn't just haphazardly name itself after Chicago (like many of the "NY-style pizza" pretenders around here), but was actually founded by a Chicagoan who wanted to bring the local specialties like Chicago dogs and Italian beef over here.
This got me wondering...are there other cheap-eats-type places like this in the Bay Area with real ties to another city or region in the USA? To qualify, a place could
* feature specialties from that city/region prepared the way they are there (bonus points: with ingredients "imported" from there!)
* be owned or managed by someone with ties to that city/region
* feature memorabilia of that city/region on the walls
I can think of a couple others in the East Bay that fit this description: the Cheesesteak Shop (Philly) and KC BBQ (KC, of course). Anyone know of others? These places often have interesting stories behind them, and, more importantly, are usually pretty good.