Today in MSN Cityguides, Nicolas Gilewicz wrote about several "Food Capitals" in the U.S. While I know he has to write an article short enough for surfer-attention-spans, it seems to be seriously
lacking. In short, here are the cities he mentions (hyperlink to full article below):
Chili Capital - Cincinnati, OH
Burrito Capital - San Francisco, CA
Poultry Capital - Gainesville, GA
Corn Capital - Mendota, IL (challenged by Olivia, MN and Mitchell, SD)
Garlic Capital - Gilroy, CA
Blueberry Capital - Hammonton, NJ
He then throws a nod to the state of Texas, whose legislature has adorned various communities with "capital of..." notations including, Midland for Ostrich, Friona for Cheeseburgers and Lockhart for Barbeque. Lockhart for Barbe...(?) however you spell it ('que...'cue...) borders on the greatest hyperbole of all time. I've known many a town to claim such title. In an incredibly competitive and recipe- and regionally-diverse segment of our industry there's no way (sorry Lockhart) this can be true.
Gilroy for garlic is the only slam-dunk in the article. SF for burritos....? Seriously - maybe there are more Chipotles in SF but that doesn't make it the capital.
So here's my challenge - tell me where the "Capital(s)" of food are. Two categories: 1) where the best food comes
from (e.g., Gilroy) and, 2) Where it's made best (like BBQ). I'll compile the results and post accordingly.
First vote in - Breaux Bridge, LA for (category 1) Crawfish Capital of the WORLD.