Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Survey is Dead. Long Live Survey.

The ethnic food survey has been over for some time, and only now do I get around to putting up a new one.

I was surprised to see Tex-Mex strongly win, with 28% of the vote. I guess it's not surprising. Most of the "Mexican" places in RI suck, and there are only two El Tapatio's, so the northern, Eastern, and Southern parts of the state are out of luck.

Caribbean comes in second, with 24%. Rock on, I say. The only place I can think of is Tricia's Tropigrille. We definitely, DEFINITELY need more.

Eastern Mediterranean got 20%, which was a surprise to me. I didn't know so many people liked falafel, kebabs, and pitas. Not really my cup of tea, but more food is always better.

Southeast Asian landed 12%, which would be cool. The availability of real Thai, Cambodian, and similar foods is pretty lean. Everything we have is kinda' sorta' Chinese. Hell, we only really started getting Japanese food disseminated throughout the state within the last 15 years.

Indian and Western Mediterranean both got 8%, which is disappointing. I would love more Spanish and North African foods. I'm also hosed because we have no more Indian food in my area. India, Rasoi, and Kebob & Curry are all up in Providence.

Pacific Island and South African both got no love.

So for the new survey, I'm thinking about myself. I recently made a trip of over an hour into Massachusetts to specifically go to a restaurant. I'm planning on making a multi-hour trip for New York to visit Daniel, Per Se, and something random. And I may be making a trip to Chicago for a variety of eateries, but specifically Alinea.

How far have you traveled for a meal?

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