Glenn, Chicago has indeed a large variety of EUROPEAN ethnic foods. In fact I would probably agree that of all the major cities in the USA Chicago has the most Slavic and Balkan foods available. But in the same light L A would certainly show the vast amount of Asian, Pacific Island and to a certain extent Latin American influences. SFC is really focused on the Asian origins, Miami on the Carribean.etc etc I haven’t quite figured out how NYC fits this concept. It has vast amounts of ethnic diversity. Based on the literature it would seem to say that Italian and Jewish food are the ones that New Yorkers identify with…. but I would accept the word of the residents over my supposition.
This focus of food in an area certainly doesn’t mean that the little Korean place located beside the Czech bakery in Owosso Michigan is any less good than one found in Korea-town in West L A .[:p]