When most people think about visiting a favorite city, they talk about a memorable place there.
If it’s New York, perhaps it’s the Statue of Liberty. If it’s Paris, it may be the Eiffel Tower. If it’s London, it might be Buckingham Palace.
For me, locations are nice, but they can’t really sustain you for the day. I love the local cuisine.
My family and I just returned from a few days enjoying everything Chicago has to offer. Mostly, that meant enjoying the food.
Of course we ate deep-dish pizza from our favorite place. And yes, everyone who visits Chicago is eventually required to choose a favorite deep-dish pizza place.
Of course we had popcorn from our favorite popcorn place. And yes, everyone who visits Chicago is eventually required to choose a favorite popcorn place.
Of course we had a Chicago-style hot dog. I won’t say you’re required to choose a place yet, mostly because my wife and I can’t agree on which place is best just yet and how important the sports peppers are.
The food in a city’s restaurants really tells you something about the place. So many of the eateries there offer big, bold foods.
It makes you wonder what the restaurant selections in our own towns and cities say about the people there. In my adopted hometown of Ottawa, we’re best known for delicious barbecued foods at the Red Pig Inn and just-like-mom-used-to-make dishes at Henry’s. Both offer hearty meals serving as rewards for a hard day’s work.
Lima’s mostly defined by its well-known hamburger places, including a bubbling debate over whether Kewpee burgers are really as good as the ones at Happy Daz. We’re often in a hurry in Lima, after all, and burgers are convenient. A close second is pizza, given the large number of pizza places here.
Food really does say something about who you are and what you believe.
My signature dish is my nacho cheese, a combination of way too many types of cheeses and other ingredients, simmering over medium heat for about half an hour. It’s perfect to munch on while watching sports together. It also matches my personality: Good to hang out with at a game but maybe not ideal to drag out for a fancy occasion.
I make plenty of other good dishes. I’m pretty solid at a grill. My kids love the meatballs I roll. Yet no one ever begs me to bring those dishes to a party, just the cheese. It helps most of my jokes are pretty cheesy too.