The Prejudiced Palate

Treetop Tom
2012/05/10 12:18:48
Maybe this topic has been done to death, but if so, I don't remeber it.  A post on another thread got me to thinking about the topic of parochial food prejudices.  No, not your hatred of the crummy food you had growing up in Catholic school.  We all know (or maybe even are) those narrow-minded people who kvetch about one certain type of food or drink that just doesn’t get done correctly outside of their own state/county/town.  I’m thinking of people like North Carolinians (and other southerners) and their various BBQs, New Yorkers and their bagels, Texans and their chili etc.  Are these prejudices more psychological than gastronomical?  Which ones have you experienced or do you, yourself hold?  Personally, I have a hard time accepting the fact that a good crabcake can be made outside of the mid-Atlantic region generally and Maryland, in particular.  Any thoughts?
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:The Prejudiced Palate 2012/05/10 12:28:29
I'm from New Haven. Any apizza from anywhere else is second rate -- at best -- to me. And as a Nutmegger a lobster roll that has anything other than lobster and butter is an abomination.
Filet Mignon
Re:The Prejudiced Palate 2012/05/10 12:33:20
Mine isn't so much a prejudice as life experience. Living in Michigan, I know it's pretty darn near impossible to find things like calimari, sushi, and anything remotely Cajun/Creole that are done well here. It can be done, but you've got to work your way through at least a dozen dismal failures in order to find something worth eating.
Tony Bad
Fire Safety Admin
Re:The Prejudiced Palate 2012/05/10 12:36:50
I probably hold more prejudicial views than I care to admit, but some of this is just a matter of liking the way they do things in certain places. I have had delicious pizza around the country, but prefer the NY or New Haven style to all others. As for bagels, the best I ever had were in Montreal! 
Re:The Prejudiced Palate 2012/05/10 17:22:18
Interesting topic. 
I recently had a wonderful crabcake at The Oceanaire in the Westin-Galleria here in Dallas.  As I was enjoying it I mused whether or not that very same crabcake might not taste better if I were eating it at G&M in Linthicum, MD.  Rational or not, probably so.
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:The Prejudiced Palate 2012/05/11 02:11:20
Outside of New England, getting REAL fried clams is a you can tell from my name!  And a lovely Linguica sandwich is almost non-existent outside SEMA (as is the sausage itself, except in scattered locales)
Ralph Melton
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:The Prejudiced Palate 2012/05/11 12:17:47
I know that I'm prejudiced about beef brisket barbecue from the Texas Hill Country.
There's a place we've visited in Washington, DC called Hill Country Barbecue. It definitely knows what it's emulating and does a good job of emulating it - but I am completely unable to say that it meets the standards of, say, Smitty's in Lockhart, whether it is that good or not.
Re:The Prejudiced Palate 2012/05/11 23:58:11
We have many psychological issues...beginning with hot dogs.
Re:The Prejudiced Palate 2012/05/12 10:44:00
It is an inconvenient truth that "prejudice" is most often a learned attitude. 
While living in McLean, VA we enjoyed eating occasionally at "casual dining" chains such as Chili's, Macaroni Grill, TGIF, Ruby T's, & Texas Roadhouse.  Since moving to Texas seven years ago our uniform experience at such places has been odious due both to flagrant over-seasoning and incredibly clamorous "ambiance".  As a result, we now "prejudge" and avoid the national chains.  The Hell of it is that many of these chains have their origins and corporate HQ's right here in Dallas!
Re:The Prejudiced Palate 2012/05/12 10:51:57

We have many psychological issues...beginning with hot dogs.

"Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar"., Sigmund Freud, M.D.
And, he also advised (that): "Neurosis is the inability to tolerate ambiguity".