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Kujo
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Louisianians who moved away, do you find the food to be as good?
I might be in the minority but I found that the food I grew up eating in Louisiana (even foreign i.e. Chinese, Greek and Lebanese, etc.) just doesn't taste as good in other parts of the country.

I've lived out from San Diego to San Francisco in California and haven't found shawarma that matches arzis at the mall. I went to Brenda's soul food last night, 3,616 5 star reviews, no reservations allowed, 1.5 hour wait....they have to be using Chinese crawfish, their etouffee had hard bell peppers in it(fresh), blackened catfish was "bronze" and bland.

I'm wondering if this is isolated to California. Imho, i think people WANT to say how good something is versus being negative about it.

I.e. "you" don't want to post to all of your Facebook followers that the restaurant you checked in from, posting pics of your order, tasted bad. "you" want them to be envious, so 'OMG everything was soooo delicious".

I'm unsure why I dont like the food when it seems that everyone else in the area 'loves' it. It's either that Louisiana wrecked my acceptable standard of taste, or there's a bunch of false love of shitty food for some reason (Which im blaming social media).

So, the question, is the food you ate in Louisiana, just as good to you outside of Louisiana?



AbitaFan08
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re: Louisianians who moved away, do you find the food to be as good?
There are things that are much better where I live now compared to Louisiana, and there are things that aren't.

The thing that I like about restaurant/food options here is that there are so many things that just don't exist in Louisiana. A lot more variety.

Now, it's a given that there's no place here that does traditional Louisiana cuisine even close to the same level as back home.

Edit: also, I've never posted a single picture or comment on social media about a restaurant, with the sole exception being on here. And usually if I'm posting food photos here, it's stuff that we've cooked.
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LSUballs
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re: Louisianians who moved away, do you find the food to be as good?
The heat lamps in other state’s gas stations pale in comparison to the Louisiana gas station heat lamps. Not even close really
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GRTiger
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re: Louisianians who moved away, do you find the food to be as good?
Yes, definitely. Houston has some pretty stellar food, of all ethnicities. Still can't do Louisiana cuisine very well, but everything else is as good or better.


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windshieldman
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re: Louisianians who moved away, do you find the food to be as good?
South La does creole and Cajun well, north La does soul food well. Overall that’s it although there are some underrated authentic Mexican food places around and more are popping up. We don’t have many different type of food options but the limited variety we have we do well. When I mean variety’s I’m speaking of what we in La do well.


HoustonGumbeauxGuy
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re: Louisianians who moved away, do you find the food to be as good?
Houston food scene is legit



Kujo
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re: Louisianians who moved away, do you find the food to be as good?
You like other place's Greek and Lebanese? Compared to Arzi, serops and albasha?

Simple plate lunch Pilaf, cut schwarma, humus, and a greek salad.... should be as standard as cheeseburger and fries.

So far, chicken seems boiled with curry(liquid/rubbery) like it wasn't cooked on the rotisserie, and the gyro meat has been bland as frick and oily. Little to no charing/crispiness at at least 10 places I've tried in the last few years.

I get, "oh Ethiopian food is great outside of Louisiana" being that I don't think we have one, but im talking about even BBQ seems off. Dry, funny tastes (like "oooo, let's try cardamom to the recipe to 'elevate' the taste profile" garbage)

Just not feeling the joy, have to only goto places where I don't have some sort of benchmark to compare, because there really hasn't been a comparison.



NIH
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re: Louisianians who moved away, do you find the food to be as good?
You’re a strange guy


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windshieldman
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re: Louisianians who moved away, do you find the food to be as good?
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You like other place's Greek and Lebanese? Compared to Arzi, serops and albasha?

Simple plate lunch Pilaf, cut schwarma, humus, and a greek salad.... should be as standard as cheeseburger and fries.

So far, chicken seems boiled with curry(liquid/rubbery) like it wasn't cooked on the rotisserie, and the gyro meat has been bland as frick and oily. Little to no charing/crispiness at at least 10 places I've tried in the last few years.

I get, "oh Ethiopian food is great outside of Louisiana" being that I don't think we have one, but im talking about even BBQ seems off. Dry, funny tastes (like "oooo, let's try cardamom to the recipe to 'elevate' the taste profile" garbage)

Just not feeling the joy, have to only goto places where I don't have some sort of benchmark to compare, because there really hasn't been a comparison.


I’m out


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real turf fan
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re: Louisianians who moved away, do you find the food to be as good?
The food isn't as good. Full stop.

But the reason isn't necessarily ingredients or the cook. I've seen local restaurants open and have great flavor profiles on some dishes and come back half a year later and the flavors have been dumbed down to what the locals want.

The piedmont of the Atlantic Coast states is infamous for its bland food. My mother may have never refilled her pepper shaker. A restaurant on I-81 which has stand in line crowds....has no flavor at all on any of their blandly cooked meats. And real smoked hams....most people don't know how to use them as seasoning.

In Oklahoma, a Chinese restaurant serves rice with their stir fried foods and a plate of sliced white bread as well. I remember another customer get agitated when he thought they'd forgot to bring him his white bread with his meal.

A spice like Chinese Five Spice: should taste as if ground that day. One major spice seller warns you, when you buy theirs, that its strong. I guess people are used to buying it in plastic bags that have sat in the sun on a shelf for five years.

There's no easy answer for restaurants because they need to keep their local customers happy and returning to eat


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re: Louisianians who moved away, do you find the food to be as good?
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(even foreign i.e. Chinese, Greek and Lebanese, 


These in particular are definitely better in Houston than New Orleans. As is the BBQ in general, although I have a soft spot for blue Oak.

But no one around here can live up to the Cajun/creole seafood style I love from Nola.


Jax-Tiger
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re: Louisianians who moved away, do you find the food to be as good?
I've had some great meals in Portland, but not Louisiana cuisine. Interestingly, there are several places that make great southern cuisine (not La specific).


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MusclesofBrussels
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re: Louisianians who moved away, do you find the food to be as good?
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I'm unsure why I dont like the food when it seems that everyone else in the area 'loves' it. It's either that Louisiana wrecked my acceptable standard of taste, or there's a bunch of false love of shitty food for some reason (Which im blaming social media).

So, the question, is the food you ate in Louisiana, just as good to you outside of Louisiana?


It's nostalgia. If you don't like the Chinese food in San Francisco as much as Baton Rouge, either you're eating at terrible places in SF or suffering from severe nostalgia


yellowfin
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re: Louisianians who moved away, do you find the food to be as good?
I’ve had good food in any decent sized city I’ve visited


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Kujo
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re: Louisianians who moved away, do you find the food to be as good?
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Chinese food in San Francisco


Gristle, tendons, cartlidge, chunks of fat, full body roast duck hanging in the window, chicken feet, fish head, and other authenticities?



AbitaFan08
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Member since Apr 2008
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re: Louisianians who moved away, do you find the food to be as good?
You’ve got to be the only person in the world who says “Chinese food in San Francisco? Naw baw, give me some Chinese food from Lafayette Louisiana! That’s the good stuff!”



Martini
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re: Louisianians who moved away, do you find the food to be as good?
I eat Louisiana food in Louisiana. I eat whatever I’m supposed to eat where I’m traveling. I’m not eating gumbo in Tucson .


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metallica81788
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Member since Sep 2008
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re: Louisianians who moved away, do you find the food to be as good?
The barbecue in South Carolina is otherworldly compared to LA and it’s not even some incredibly well known barbecue destination. The seafood here is also very good but different.

Now I’m moving back to BR and am scared after living in New Orleans and Charleston.


AbitaFan08
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Boston, MA
Member since Apr 2008
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re: Louisianians who moved away, do you find the food to be as good?
I always find it interesting how personally Louisiana people take the topic of food. Like the thought that other places have food that might be better is not only ridiculous, it’s offensive.


Goat Rider
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Boulder, CO
Member since Feb 2018
384 posts

re: Louisianians who moved away, do you find the food to be as good?
The food here in Boulder doesn't compare to the food in Louisiana. There is a place in Denver called Bayou Bobs that has some pretty legit Louisiana cuisine. The owner is from NOLA.


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