Ok, I was transplanted to the State College area about two years ago and I just can't get used to the style of foods I'm familiar with in Chicago that are just not right here in State College.
I can't find a decent pizza to save my life. I'm not talking about the famous Deep Dish pizzas everyone equates with Chicago, but the less familiar thin crust pizzas that are a staple of the Chicago diet. They're more akin to a St. Louis style, unlevened crust pizza. Out here all I can find are the floppy, sloppy, greasy New York style pizzas that I really can't stand.
Another thing I've noticed is no one around here knows how to serve a hot dog. Let alone the fact that they're all the Turkey, Chicken & pork varieties...I've noticed they're usually served luke warm at best. What's up with that? And Ketchup on a Hot Dog? OMG NO WAY! Ask for a Steamed bun and you get sideways glances that tell you they all think you're crazy. Is it really too much to ask for some decent toping choices? Really? I'm so used to the Chicago Style dogs that I just can't go with anything less than fresh ingredients to top my dog. Tomatoes, Dill Pickle spears, relish, mustard and please don't forget the celery salt!
Ok, so now on to the Italian Beef sandwich. They simply don't exist out here.
Don't get me started on the breads these atrosities are served on. What is with the chewy, gooey, flavorless breads? Is it the water?
I like a solid bread with a crisp crust, airy and light in the center and something that can hold a sause or two!
I actually had to go back to Chicago to get the amazing foods I love and grew up with.
Granted, I'll give serious kudos to the micro and small breweries around here though. They work hard to craft some really awsome suds!
But would it be too hard to find some decent (non-chain, non-fast food) mexican food? Really? Come on...I crave carnitas and tacos on steamed corn tortillas.