I'm a newbie to Chowhound and I love it - what a wonderful opportunity to exchange opinions, reviews, "vents", ideas, etc. But, being a born and bred Southerner and very proud of it - I get frustrated by comments/complaints in emails about the lack of variety or quality of food down South. Come on, every place anyone has ever been has things we don't like - but the courteous thing is to keep such criticism to yourselves. I've lived around the country and visited most every major metropolitan city - and eaten at some fabulous restaurants (Chez Panisse, French Laundry, Daniel etc.). And let's face it - the best places are the ones that skip the hype and focus on the food with the best ingredients and make it with care and lots of love thrown in. So, if you don't like it keep looking until you find something you do like but dont lump all the food down here as awful - because there are some of us that like the South (and its food) the way it is - not the way the others of you want it to be - cuz' we're never going to be New York or Chicago or LA (thank heavens). There is a wonderful variety to our food culture (just see all the postings about 'Q) and maybe a few less Taiwanese restaurants might just be a good thing! Not to suggest that variety is a bad thing I love a great meal of Thai anytime I can get it! But if you miss where ever you came from that much - move back. Lets focus on the food thats the important thing after all.