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Old 08-04-2011, 03:35 PM   #51
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Maybe the folks at Coney Island were the first to put the "sausage" in a "bun" ?
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Old 08-04-2011, 03:39 PM   #52
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Reading through this thread reminded of a trip I took to London several years ago with my wife and daughter. As we were walking back to our hotel one evening, we came across a small restaurant advertising "American Style Barbeque." Curiosity got the better of us, so we decided to stop in to check it out.

As it turns out, the owners were a very nice young Polish couple. When I asked them about how they came to open a barbeque restaurant in London, the husband explained that they just felt there was a niche for it there. I then asked, "So where in America have you visited?" Strangely, it turns out they had never been here.

As for the offerings on the menu, there was really nothing I would remotely consider "barbeque." They had beef ribs, but the description said "roasted rib of beef." There were none of the other trappings that come to mind when we think of barbeque. No brisket. No chicken. Not even the smell of smoke. They had burgers and sausages cooked on a grill, so maybe the owners thought that anything grilled qualified as barbeque.

In the end, I settled on a bowl of chili (not barbeque either), that turned out to be not chili, but rather a thick tomato soup that was more like what I would consider ghoulash. I don't believe it contained any traditional chili spices, but rather paprika.

So it turns out that people in other parts of the world also seem to have some misguided notions as to what constitutes "American Cuisine."

In fairness, I did run across this place in Chester UK on the web that actually looks like it might be decent. If I ever find myself in Chester, I'll have to give it a try.
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Old 08-04-2011, 03:41 PM   #53
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it cracked me up when i first heard of a coney dog in the midwest. but i guess it's better than eating a nathan.
Heck, there's a Coney Island here in Erie!
It's a Greek dog joint.
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Old 08-04-2011, 03:44 PM   #54
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So it turns out that people in other parts of the world also seem to have some misguided notions as to what constitutes "American Cuisine."
I imagine they put their own twist on our food like we do theirs.

Nice story. The question is, are they still in business?
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Old 08-04-2011, 03:47 PM   #55
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If you were opening an "American Restaurant" in a foreign country what would you name it, and what would be on the menu?
If I was going to open one I would want to know what is percieved as American food in that location.

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Old 08-04-2011, 03:59 PM   #56
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at least we could have a good cigar with that bourbon, uncle bob. tobacco is definitely american.
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at least we could have a good cigar with that bourbon, uncle bob. tobacco is definitely american.
Try telling that to the Cubans.
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Old 08-04-2011, 04:40 PM   #58
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Maybe the folks at Coney Island were the first to put the "sausage" in a "bun" ?

I think the bun started at the Louisiana purchase exposition in1904.
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Try telling that to the Cubans.
i wonder if tobacco is native to cuba, or was it brought there with the slave and molasses trade?
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