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Great American Restaurants / Cuisines Abroad?

Thu Jun 21, 2007 6:07 am

After being married to my American husband for many years, as well as visiting the US numerous times, both as a cabin crew and holidaying & visiting the inlaws over the years, I'm starting to really appreciate some American cooking. So far my favourites are ; New England lobster roll, NY style pizza (Grimaldi in Brooklyn is my fav!), Maryland style steamed and spicy blue crabs, some Tex Mex dishes that I had while in the South West of the US, also some southern cookings such as fried green tomatoes, different styles of BBQ (I kinda like the Carolina style BBQ better), jambalaya (is that from the South or more of a Cajun thing?) etc. My question is with millions of American expat living overseas, as well as traveling Americans, how come one does not encounter fabulous American restaurants outside of the US (aside from McD, KFC, Pizza Hut, TGIF type of franchises)? For my husband, when he wants some American comfort food, he has to make them himself, or visit one of his American friends here in S'pore. It's very difficult to find authentic and wonderful American restaurants outside of the US. I can find a great French or Italian restaurant (even specific regional Italian cooking!) in various parts of Asia, but that's not really the case when I have a N.England lobster roll or Maryland blue crabs craving. Is there any American restaurants that you can recommend in either Europe, Australia, or Asia that I could try during my layover? I'm going to LHR and it would be wonderful if I could get a recommendation for a really good American restaurant (independant restaurant, not a chain) in London. Thanks!

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RE: American Restaurants / Cuisines Abroad?

Thu Jun 21, 2007 6:18 am

Quoting Singaporegirl (Thread starter):
My question is with millions of American expat living overseas, as well as traveling Americans, how come one does not encounter fabulous American restaurants outside of the US (aside from McD, KFC, Pizza Hut, TGIF type of franchises)?

Last year when I was back in England, the wife and I went to this American restaurant in Guildford called The Mississippi Exchange. I had a pretty authentic Jambalaya there, and they also served Sam Adams, which I'd not seen in any pub outside of the US.
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RE: Great American Restaurants / Cuisines Abroad?

Thu Jun 21, 2007 6:49 am

Quoting Singaporegirl (Thread starter):
After being married to my American husband for many years

Damn, I had a bunch questions I wanted to ask you. Oh well.  Sad

Many of the American restaurants in Asia and Europe are the crappy fast-food chains.  Sad
When I travel to other countries, the last thing I want is something I can get at home. The dinners at the top of the Baiyoke Sky Hotel in Bangkok has a wonderful cuisine of different styles of food from all over the world, including American style. You can get steak, lobster, pork chops, mashed potato, burgers as well as other styles. It is a bit pricey 900THB for a dinner but it is buffet style. It is very fancy like the buffets in Las Vegas casinos. Best of all, you're on the 85th floor so I hope you're not afraid of heights.
I stayed there on my last visit to Bangkok.
Although when I was in Bangkok, I did eat at a A&W Root Beer restaurant once.
I want to say it was the MBK mall or the one right next to it that had A&W right next to the Kentucky Fried Chicken.
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RE: Great American Restaurants / Cuisines Abroad?

Thu Jun 21, 2007 7:24 am

Quoting Singaporegirl (Thread starter):
New England lobster roll, NY style pizza (Grimaldi in Brooklyn is my fav!), Maryland style steamed and spicy blue crabs, some Tex Mex dishes that I had while in the South West of the US, also some southern cookings such as fried green tomatoes, different styles of BBQ (I kinda like the Carolina style BBQ better), jambalaya (is that from the South or more of a Cajun thing?) etc.

I think part of the problem is that so much American food is regional. My idea of fish soup growing up was cioppino served with crusty sourdough, but outside of San Francisco, it's really hard to get. Even foreign cuisines are altered by region--there are items on menus in Chinese restaurants in Missouri that you'd rarely find in New York or California. When I'm hankering for something "American" when overseas, I'll usually hit up a restaurant at an American hotel chain.

I know I've told this story before, but an example was once long ago I was in Amsterdam over Thanksgiving. The Marriott said they were throwing a traditional dinner, so I went. They had the food down okay, but the whole decor was the Wild West theme, with the wait staff dressed up as cowboys and cowgirls. They just didn't get that Thanksgiving was about Pilgrims--who'd left for the New World from Holland! LOL
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RE: Great American Restaurants / Cuisines Abroad?

Thu Jun 21, 2007 7:38 am

Quoting Superfly (Reply 2):
Damn, I had a bunch questions I wanted to ask you. Oh well.

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RE: Great American Restaurants / Cuisines Abroad?

Thu Jun 21, 2007 10:56 am

Quoting BMIFlyer (Reply 4):
Like, will You Marry Me?

LOL!  rotfl 
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Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 3):
They had the food down okay, but the whole decor was the Wild West theme, with the wait staff dressed up as cowboys and cowgirls. They just didn't get that Thanksgiving was about Pilgrims--who'd left for the New World from Holland! LOL

Damn that is hilarious!

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 3):
Even foreign cuisines are altered by region--there are items on menus in Chinese restaurants in Missouri that you'd rarely find in New York or California.

There is the one Chinese restaurant we would go to on special occasions when I was growing up in Gary, Indiana. It was called Ming Lings Lounge. It's still there. Confucius has been there a few times. They have this sauce and I don't know what the hell it is! I've yet to find anything close to it here in San Francisco. I think they call it 'Chinese Secret Sauce'. WTF?!?!?!

Hell, we can't even get a good Philadelphia cheese steak here in San Francisco or a Chicago style deep dish pizza.  Sad
Zachary's over in Berkeley comes close but you will wait at least 2 hours for a table.

Quoting Singaporegirl (Thread starter):
jambalaya (is that from the South or more of a Cajun thing?)

Jambalaya is a Cajun dish and yes Cajun is a type of Southern food found in Louisiana.

Quoting Singaporegirl (Thread starter):
how come one does not encounter fabulous American restaurants outside of the US (aside from McD, KFC, Pizza Hut, TGIF type of franchises)?

Many of the expats don't miss that kind of stuff that much. One thing I noticed about the spicy chicken at Kentucky Fried Chicken in Asia was that it was VERY spicy!  hot 
In fact it taste better than the Kentucky Fried Chicken here.

Quoting Singaporegirl (Thread starter):
NY style pizza

You haven't really had pizza until you've had Chicago style deep dish with lots of meat, melted cheese, vegetables and pizza sauce.  yes 
New York pizza is just an appetizer.
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RE: Great American Restaurants / Cuisines Abroad?

Thu Jun 21, 2007 11:25 am

Quoting Superfly (Reply 5):
Many of the expats don't miss that kind of stuff that much.

I'd wager a bet that one of the top missed foods for Americans overseas is a proper jar of mayonnaise.
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RE: Great American Restaurants / Cuisines Abroad?

Thu Jun 21, 2007 11:33 am

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 6):
I'd wager a bet that one of the top missed foods for Americans overseas is a proper jar of mayonnaise.

Mayonnaise?
When I went on my trip around the world last year, I missed Mexican/Salvadorian food in the Mission district the most.
When I got back, I ate papusas, carne asada burritos, fajitas, nachos and margaritas for a week.
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RE: Great American Restaurants / Cuisines Abroad?

Thu Jun 21, 2007 11:46 am

Quoting Superfly (Reply 7):
Mayonnaise?

Yup, mayonnaise. I'd never really noticed it before, but a couple of times when friends have been traveling in Europe, that's what they wanted when they got back home. Whenever I order a sandwich overseas and ask for mayo, they usually say, "oh right, American". I don't know if it's changed or not, but the last time I looked for one overseas, the biggest jar of Best Foods (Hellmann's) I've been able to find is 6 oz. What can you do with 6 oz. of mayo? Nothing, LOL.

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