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I'm Not So Sure About Foursquare's 'Most Popular Tastes' Map. [May. 22nd, 2015|02:04 pm]
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So, Foursquare did some map of 'signature' foods by state.

And I don't think some of these are correct.

Some observations, in no particular order, just as they come to me:

1) How is Neapolitan Pizza not the most popular food in NY and Connecticut? That foldy-thin pizza is like their whole thing.

2) Nevada ... we have to have a talk about food. "Bottle Service," tsk-tsk.

3) I'll give Vermont a pass, since everyone in the eastern region of the US knows their Maple Syrup is a big deal. Not really a food, but whatevs. After all, they stated 'favorite tastes,' so that's Foursquare's out here in an argument.

4) I know from travel to Wyoming for a wedding last year that Huckleberry is a big deal in Jackson. I guess it's a big deal in Montana as well.

5) Michigan, my state of origin, makes some sense. Perch is pretty ubiquitous around these parts. I just don't much care for it, since there are many different seafood dishes far more tasty than Perch.

6) Via Sploid's write-up of this Foursquare curiosity ... I laughed at how many people from Indiana have no idea what Lemon Rice Soup is. I have had that soup hundreds of times, because Detroit is pretty populous for Greeks and Arabs. And Detroit is the Arab capital of North America. And Greek and Arab food is very common to find around here ... there's at least one joint that serves such food on every major street throughout the metro Detroit area, it's that common, like as common as a Starbucks or McDonald's. And having lived here forever and a day, you come to find that both Greek and Arab cuisine are like first cousins for closeness. You'll find a lot of very similar offerings between them, stuff like Grape Leaves, which I love, are both claimed by each culture.

7) Catfish is most definitely correct for Arkansas. I fucking love Catfish. It's so unhealthy ... most bottom-feeders among seafood are, due to pollution, and the likelihood of high concentrations of Mercury within them. But whatever, southern US fried Catfish is the bomb. It's worth the risk!

8) Crab Cakes for Maryland is also on-point. I absolutely loved them when I visited Maryland for a month. Would order them from pretty much any sit-down restaurant ... they all had 'em on the menu. And I'd wash it down with America's best regional macro-beer, Yuengling, from Pennsylvania.

9) My buddy dadxer reports that Conch Fritters are pretty good. I wish I had tried some while I was down in Florida for another wedding. He claims Conch Fritters are mainly a southern Florida thing, but apparently they're the bomb all through the state.

10) I'm actually kind of surprised that Pierogies are listed for Ohio. Michigan and Wisconsin have big Polish-American populations ... Detroit has a sub-city called Hamtramck that is the Polishtown of the region. And I've had tons of Pierogies over the years, as my grandmother and her side of the family were Polish-American.


So yeah, there are some spot-on listings, and there are also some surprises and curiosities on this list.

Is there anything you noticed that was right-on, or all-the-way-wrong, or just WTF?
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[User Picture]From: bessie_smith
2015-05-22 11:11 pm (UTC)
What is this, the 90s? Chinese Chicken Salad is certainly not the most popular "taste" in California. To have anything that isn't somehow Mexican cuisine or In n Out related is just plain wrong.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2015-05-22 11:41 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that also didn't make much sense either. Makes a little more sense than 'bottled service' though! :D
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[User Picture]From: fsfwannabe
2015-05-25 12:48 am (UTC)
The problem is that it's looking for unique. Which means that something strange (avocado toast?) is more likely to show up than anything distinctive for a given state. The lemon rice soup thing for Indiana is pretty indicative about how shitty their cuisine is state-wide. There's no way that anything bland, deep-fried or smothered in gravy is going to be exclusive enough (thanks deep south for having tastes are wretched as The Mississippi of the North).

Foursquare is a pretty terrible app now. Things like this are a big reason why.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2015-05-25 06:19 pm (UTC)
Yeah the whole 'popular' bit was a bit of a throw-off ... I mean, the reality is that popular is burgers hot dogs and fries in every state.
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