Out of the Blue

A couple of follow-ups on yesterday's discussion of NYC destinations. On the topic of getting good pizza elsewhere, I'm sure it happens all the time, but as for authenticity, I've grown fond of the theory that the reason local cuisine like New York bagels and pizza don't taste quite the same elsewhere is due to the water. Also, someone mentioned Nathan's for hot dogs, but I think they are a national chain.

Also, I didn't realize Chumley's was under re-construction, sorry. Hope it's just as cool when it reopens.

And I didn't include any Italian or Asian food recommendations, because all my good insider places from when I lived in Chinatown are out of date, and I like Italian food enough that I don't discriminate. There's a lot of fun to be had eating in Chinatown and Little Italy (well, it was little when I was a kid, now it's miniscule}, which can be touristy, but qualifies as the touristy stuff natives do.

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Aug 3, 2009, 11:47
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Moving from the NYC suburbs to the South has been rough.

Yes, there is pizza down here. Yes, some of it is tolerable. Some of it is actually pretty decent. None of it is great. The fancier pizza, the flatbread with unusual toppings found at small french places, is a safer bet than the hole-in-the-wall pizza. Those places advertise "NY Pizza" and often go as far as to name themselves things like "I Heart Manhattan Pizza" but they're almost always crap. I've found one tolerable place like that and one good one. The rest are inedible. Such a change from having a good pizza place on every corner.

Don't even get me started on Italian food. I'm actually not 100% certain I can tell you where an Italian restaurant is, let alone a good one. Thai and Indian are harder to find than up north but a much safer bet than Italian - you can find pretty good ones.

On the plus side, though, you can still find great restaurants. Having so many farms nearby means plenty of incredible vegetables, fresh breads, and outstanding pork. Before coming down here I feared it'd be like parts of CT where your only dining options are chains that microwave their meals (ugh, Applebee's...) Turns out there are a good amount of small restaurants and many are outstanding. Again, the quantity is below the NYC area, it's simply less populated, but so long as you aren't looking for tomato sauce based dishes you can end up extremely happy.
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