The Indigenous Food Of The U.S.--Except In South Louisiana
The dominant style of restaurants in New Orleans, from the bottom of the spectrum to the top, is Creole-Cajun flavor. In the rest of the country, it's a hard-to-define mix of specialties from the Northeast, Midwest, and Pacific Coast that one finds in most eateries. This American menu is comparatively rare in South Louisiana--almost enough to make it seem exotic. But the national chains and chefs who came here from elsewhere make it easy enough to find.
Riding atop the whole scene is a generation of chefs who have brought American cookery to heights equal to those reached by the word's great classic cuisines. Those are in the separate category American Gourmet and Eclectic.
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