Based on the success of Cookbook of the Month on the Home Cooking board, I'd like to introduce a new idea to Chowhound. I'm starting this on the San Francisco Bay Area board mainly because I'm based here, and I'd like to participate. But if things are successful this month, hopefully this can expand to other boards too.
The idea is this: choose a 'Dish of the Month' for the SF Bay Area, and then collectively try as many versions of this dish as possible, reporting back with details and photos. In some ways this is similar to the Dim Sum Civil War of 2002, where Chowhounds collectively tried various dim sum places in the Bay Area.....but instead of an entire genre of food, we'll stick to one dish. I think the project should be limited to the specific month (i.e. you must eat the dish during that month—not sometime in the past—and it must be at a restaurant/shop in the SF Bay Area).
We only have 5 days to decide on a food, so I'm starting this nomination thread.....and then on Thursday June 28th I'll create a voting thread with the ideas that resonate.
I'm thinking that the criteria for choosing a dish should be that it's something readily available, but not too generic (i.e. pizza and tacos are too broad) and also affordable for most people (i.e. average cost of the single dish is less than $8)
I have a few ideas, so feel free to agree with these, or contribute others.
1) Banh khot -- Vietnamese shrimp/coconut fritters (see: https://www.google.com/search?q=banh+...) - they're available at several Bay Area Vietnamese restaurants.
2) Blueberry pancakes -- I'd love to know who makes the best version of these, and I'm willing to try a few to report back!
3) Fried chicken -- This might be too generic? But could be an interesting one.
So, who's in? Any other ideas for our first pick?