Best city for food?

Buffalo, NY

Buffalo, NY

Here at Eleven, we try to offer a ‘global’ perspective in all things that we do and food is no exception…Inspired by a desire to learn more about how others see food, I offer this question…What is the best city for food? Of course, we can all rep’ our own city. I will tell anyone that Buffalo has the best wings, hoagies(Jim’s Steak Out), beef on ‘weck, so on and so forth but someone may think other wise. Does the best steak come from Texas? Is Chicago the pizza capital with is hearty deep dish? or does NY thin crust reign supreme? From Cairo to Cleveland, Brooklyn to Bangalore, tell me, What city has offered you the best food experience?

By: Alvin J.B Roberts III- Food Correspondent

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5 Responses to “Best city for food?”


  1. 1 Bernhard Rohrbacher October 8, 2008 at 5:37 pm

    Buffalo, NY hands down. Not only do we (Yes I am from Buffalo) have the best wings, hoagies, and beef on weck, Buffalo has some of the best Italian, Greek, and Bar & Grill food. Just by striding down Hertel Ave. you will find anything that your stomach desires.

  2. 2 Ryan October 9, 2008 at 12:01 pm

    Sarajevo, Bosnia. They have this dish called cevapi (pronounced chevapy) and its like these little meatball sausages that are cooked and seasoned and grilled a little more inside of a large pita with onions and this thing native to Bosnia that is not quite butter and not quite sour cream. Your taste buds will thank you. Your bowels might not.

  3. 3 Nagerseth October 10, 2008 at 1:53 pm

    Personally, I think DC has the best food as well as the best variety. DC is the only city where you find mom and pop restaurants where you get fully authentic food, be it from India, Egypt, Lebanon, Greece, Italy, Mexico or anywhere.

    PS I’m glad you guys finally put a food article up…

  4. 4 Ben October 12, 2008 at 10:20 pm

    Without a doubt, NYC has the best food experience in the country. I believe that food recipes, especially those of immigrants, are often tied to memory; it’s a fuzzy sort of measure, and in many cases as people get farther and farther away (through age or distance) from their ethnic origin, I think flavors become muddled as well. In order to find the sharpest, unadulterated ethnic flavors one has to go where the immigrants are most recent; this is one of the reasons DC has such a wonderful Ethiopian dining scene, as it hosts even more Ethiopians (by absolute numbers) than even NYC.

    But NYC takes it in just about everything else…

    In terms of personal best food experience, it would definitely come down to two for me. In Chile, I spent a week living with indigenous Indian farmers, and happened to be staying there during the potato harvest. As a celebration, many farms will slaughter a sheep to eat, which I was present for. The animal is hung while alive, its neck slit, and all of the fresh blood is caught in a bowl. Parsley, salt, and lemon juice are added which immediately congeals it, and the warm, coppery blood is consumed there and then by all the men (I was allowed to participate as well).

    The second was in South Jordan, where through contacts of friends I and a few friends were hosted by a tribal Sheik in his tent for a dinner. We ate a Jordanian/Bedouin dish called Mansaf that consisted of a huge platter of rice cooked with yogurt, nuts, and spices. There were four platters in all, and each contained the meat from an entire goat (each was presented with the skull, just to be sure). Everyone ate with their hands, and it was just plain delicious and miraculous to be a guest of the Sheik there.


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