The previous Chinese communities profiled in my “No Chinatown…” series, Atlanta, Dallas, Miami, and Houston, are of more recent establishment and did not have 19th century center city core Chinatowns. In this regard, San Diego departs from this model in that it did in fact have a historic Chinatown, located near what is now the downtown convention center. However, given that vestiges of the old Chinatown are long gone save for a local museum and some historical markers, San Diego is like the other cities in this series because concentrations of authentic Chinese food are found on the outskirts. Though there are numerous sources of authentic Chinese food in San Diego, it should not be assumed that San Diego is similar Los Angeles or south Orange County despite its geographic proximity. San Diego does not match either of those in terms of quality, variety, or cutting-edge culinary developments. Certain Chinese regional styles common in Los Angeles or Orange County may have only one or two representatives in San Diego, and others none at all. But there is still enough good authentic Chinese food in San Diego to keep local residents happy. Read the rest of this entry »
When it comes to the fast food industry, no one — and I mean no one — compares to McDonald’s. Forget the food: I’m talking about the company as a whole. They’re the biggest and the best, no comparison.
The Golden Arches made nearly $1.4 billion profit — that’s billion! — in the last quarter. Burger King? $75.1 million. Wendy’s? $29 million. McDonald’s has more than 35,000 locations worldwide. Combined, Wendy’s, Burger King and Taco Bell have about 26,000.
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Pizzas have come a long way since 1905, when the first American pizzeria opened in New York. While pies originally consisted of just dough and tomato sauce, nowadays they are festooned with toppings, from the classic to the gourmet. Here are some of the best pies that Santa Fe has to offer. Read the rest of this entry »
It took me 14 years of living in Los Angeles before I finally caught taco fever. What took me so long? Perhaps it was all too easy. Too accessible. Tacos on every corner, like living close to the beach but never going.
Where was the thrill of the hunt? Instead of stopping at my local taco truck, I would drive right by to some obscure part of town for kosher Korean schwarma wrapped in a ramen pita served by the hottest chef for a one-night, by-invitation-only event. Read the rest of this entry »
Fall means one thing in New Mexico: green chile season. Throughout the state, grocery store parking lots fill with barrel-shaped roasters that tumble green chiles over open flames. Locals scramble to stockpile their stash because, when it comes to the state vegetable, New Mexicans are hoarders. And, although we’ll slap green chile on anything remotely edible, a classic combination is the green chile cheeseburger – abbreviated to GCCB. You’ll find this combo pretty much wherever burgers are served. Here are some of Santa Fe’s highlights. Read the rest of this entry »