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Old 08-03-2011, 06:58 PM   #21
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I would pic a dish that represents each state.

For example Maine would be Lobster Roll
New York would be a Pizza
Alaska would be Salmon
California would be a salad
Oregon would be berry pancakes
Iowa would Ham and corncakes
Wisconsin would be Mac n cheese

Etc>

I would name it Amurka and have a beer from each state available too.


Free cone of fries as an appetizer.
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Old 08-03-2011, 07:07 PM   #22
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Great ideas and names for our restaurant guys!!

I think we should also have American style soda shop items too, like milkshakes/malts, ice cream sodas, hot fudge sundays with red white and blue sprinkles and even Banana Splits. In addition to all the apple and fruit pies, we should have Boston Cream pie, and Red Velvet Cake too.
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Old 08-03-2011, 07:41 PM   #23
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Regarding the "no menu" idea, years ago I went to a restaurant in Carlsbad, California (no longer there I think, but not because they weren't good). I believe they gave you a few choices (fried chicken was their specialty, but I think you could choose beef or fish--although I'm not completely sure). All the tables were set like you would expect to find a table in an old mid-west farmhouse, very homey. The food was brought to your table on platters and in bowls, and you served yourself, family style. It was a very nice experience.
Sounds a little like Mrs Wilkes Boarding House in Savannah Ga, Barbara.
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Old 08-03-2011, 07:51 PM   #24
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I am with Barb and Pac. We had a great restaurant in CNY called The Krebs. They had a fixed menu that did not change much for 100 years. I also like the Greenridge Turkey Farm in Nashua New Hampshire. I would call mine the Squat and Gobble or the Chat n Chew.
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Old 08-03-2011, 08:13 PM   #25
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I would open up a burger joint with a cool soda fountain.

Back in the 60's when we were living in Japan my dad designed an American style cafe for a Japanese restauranteur and even came up with a name. He named it The Dinette....I know, tacky...lol...
I don't remember their menu but I remember they shipped in a cool, genuine, American soda fountain.
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Old 08-03-2011, 08:40 PM   #26
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What a bunch of great ideas! I wish I had found this site and it's wonderful people much sooner!!!!
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Old 08-04-2011, 01:36 AM   #27
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in reading through all of the responses, i realized that 95% of what we would call american food has it's roots in other countries, just like our population.

hot dogs and hamburgers can be traced back to germany.

meatloaf - switzerland and other western european ckuntries

pizza - italy

bbq - caribbean/african

i guess it boils down to ingredients. roast turkey would be all american. corn is another.
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Old 08-04-2011, 06:57 AM   #28
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The bar would only need to serve Bourbon.......
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The bar would only need to serve Bourbon.......

and a little branch water.
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Wisconsin would be Mac n cheese
No... beer brats and sauerkraut would be more in line with what I grew up there. Or beer cheese soup (with popcorn croutons floated on top). Yum!

It's difficult to define "American Cuisine," any more than it is to define French, Chinese, or Spanish Cuisine. Like those places, we're a country with a lot of regional food variations. For example, pizza is popular here, but think about how different pizza is in NY, Chicago, and LA. Don't even get me started on BBQ or Chili.

If I were to open a restaurant in another country, I would probably try to open something that showcased dishes from a specific region (Louisiana Creole or Southwestern, for example) rather than a hodgepodge of unrelated foods.
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