American restaurants outside of the U.S.?
December 15, 2013 3:30 PM Subscribe
I'm an American who has done a fair amount of travel in Mexico and Europe, and in all those travels I don't remember ever coming across a non-hamburger-centric American-style restaurant*.
posted by Mechitar to Food & Drink (52 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Yes, there are certainly American-style restaurants outside of the U.S., but every one I've seen does hamburgers, hot dogs, fries, milkshakes, and not much else. This is very American, yes, but a huge chunk of classic American cuisine seems to be totally left out.
I'm talking about what we call "comfort food". Meatloaf, macaroni and cheese, fried chicken, corn bread, baked beans, peach cobbler, sheet cake - that kind of thing. Or it could get more regional: southern ("soul food"), Cajun/creole, New England, etc. Greens, grits, smothered pork chops. Gumbo, jambalaya. Clam chowder. You get the idea.
So are there restaurants that focus on this kind of food outside of the U.S.? I'm most curious about (major cities of) Europe, but would be interest to hear about such restaurants in any part of the world.
While we're at it, if these do exist, I'd like to know how authentic these places are, and how much the food (and atmosphere) is influenced by the culture around them.
* Well, with one exception: the Mexican chain Carlos and Charlie's. Although they barely go beyond burgers n' fries with their American-style bar food, from what I remember.