I was posting in the Midwest message board (where I currently live... Will be in Providence in a month!) about how cities' restaurants reflect how their culture thinks of itself. I put this at the end of the message and was wondering what Providence locals think (since I don't yet live in RI, I don't know the answer). Here's the part of the message. Thanks!
"PS: Speaking of cultural reflections in restaurants, I find it fascinating that while Minneapolis has every type of Asian restaurant you could ever think of (and many subgroups of those), my future home city of Providence, RI only has *combo* Asian restaurants. Every place is named, like, "Five Star Asian" and serves Chinese, Thai, Cambodian, Japanese, and Korean. And this isn't fusion, it's different dishes in the same place. Interesting, huh? Apparently, singular Asian restaurants (save Japanese) seem not to do well there, and the Providence area is a very solid restaurant city otherwise. I wonder why?"
Rochester, MN (nope, nothing to eat down here!)