Why did it become such a cultural wasteland? People blame it on snow people and their bland as fuck meat and potatoes bullshit, but it has to be something more. Why is the Midwest scared ofvegetables that aren't corn, potatoes, and cabbage? Why is everything so salty and sugary? Where are the standards? I've lived here all my life and it pisses me the fuck off how right /ck/ is about us. That Peggy Hunt story is dead accurate, too. People here honestly marvel at things like balsamic vinegar and fucking pretzel buns. Even my own mother gets excited about the latest brisket burger or fucking something something steak sandwich from the regional fast food places. For fuck's sake when I was younger I was constantly discouraged from trying new food because "you might be allergic to it". Things like dragonfruit and anything made out of the country aside from basic Italian brands and the sort. I'm a bit tipsy and probably won't even be this mad about the Midwest a few hours from now, but fucking shit.
Food is a communal affair. Growing up in a homogenous environment where being different in any way is seen as a subversive act discourages restaurants from distinguishing themselves and discourages people from eating food that might be seen as "pretentious" or "elitist", let alone foreign.
Ironically this allows certain cultures (for example the somalis of minneapolis, the mexicans of chicago, etc) to retain a purer version of their cuisine than might be possible in more cultured places. The locals will not even bother with it so they simply cater to the tastes of their community.
That's about the only nice thing about visiting flyover land though. Unfortunately, for me, most of my visits there are business trips so I end up eating at shit-tier chains like Ruths Chris because there simply isn't time to go exploring for some obscure thing in an immigrant neighborhood.
Then why is Japanese food worshiped by most Westerners (I think it's overrated as hell after spending a month there) despite being from the most homogeneous first world country of its size?
>Then why is Japanese food worshiped by most Westerners
It's not, really. A caricature of Japanese food is popular internationally (not just the West, any Asian metropolis is full of sushi joints).
>muh 2 expensive restaurants I've never actually been to but I read about 'em on buzzfeed
Daily reminder that Goose Island is owned by Budweiser and Cantu killed himself because he knew he was too good for you people
It is truckstop fare, its overpriced shit
High class for flyover niggers
alinea is only about 600 for two people on average. that's less than a week's pay for literally every person that ever
>got a job out of HS and worked it for 5 years
>completed a degree in and found entry-level STEM field work
>is a qualified and accredited tradesperson
I love the midwest, my friends grandfather is a statistics phd master that did a ton of statistics work during the cold war. He got drafted to Vietnam but was made to stay because he was billed as too much of a economic asset. The guys a master.
and we will go to PF Changs because grandaugter is fucking weeb, and he will spend literally 30 minutes staring at the menu trying to decide between the lemon and the orange chicken. Even though he always gets the orange chicken.
It's not the entire midwest, and it's not exclusive to the midwest at all. Rural areas definitely aren't big on interesting restaurants or grocers, but poor and/or uneducated people anywhere in the US are going to eat more conservatively (for lack of a better word - trying fewer things, sticking to meat & potatoes). Go the biggest cities in any of those states (well, not sure about the westernmost) and you'll find no shortage of interesting restaurants. Big college towns are also more multicultural, which is reflected in the foods there, and there are regions with strong influence from immigration waves (Arabs in Dearborn Michigan, Mexicans in Holland Michigan, Somalis in Minneapolis, etc.)
I've lived in the midwest most of my life, but I've lived in other parts of the country. It's not that we're "scared" of vegetables, it's that you suck at finding good restaurants or associate with people who have bland taste. All those stereotypes you mentioned are found in other regions as well saying the same damn thing.
I can't speak for the other states, but Michigan has great food....primarily greek, mexican, and middle eastern. Probably the best state to get it in the country not counting Mexican...
Also Detroit invented the superior form of pizza
My corner of the Midwest is loaded with people of German, Italian, and Eastern European descent. Pierogi, kielbasa, dumplings, paprikash and goulash are staples. But we have a ton of options. I can slurp on a bowl of kuy teav for breakfast, saunter on down the street for a Rahmschnitzel washed down with a Sünner kölsch served on tap, then grab some Peshawari chapli kebab before heading downtown for a nice dinner of spicy pork intestine and fried house-made tofu. On my way home I can pick up some queso con loroco pupusas for my roommate.
In fact, the only people I ever hear rambling about pretzel buns are folks from out of town who think we actually eat those (why use a pretzel for a sandwich when you can use two potato pancakes?)
The south. It was a slave state, and its full of evanglicals and rednecks
Its not really straight forward though, you could legitimately consider St. Louis to be somewhat northern, and Kansas City to be the great plains, but pretty much everything in between is southern as shit
If you live in a red county, you are a southerner
Ohio is similar to Missouri in that it is a border state. The northern stretch is solidly northern, the south part is basically fucking Kentucky and the western third is Appalachian as shit
pretty much the blue and orange counties are the north. The green and colorless ones are a buffer zone, and red ones are the south
Obviously this becomes more confused when mexicans come into play further west
Ohio, what can I say about you that hasn't already been said about Afghanistan? You look bombed out and depleted.
How the only part of the country that embodies the soul of America drag it down?
>northeast and west coast are literal communists
>south is too concerned with race
Midwest, Interior West and (white) Southwest are the only good parts of the country
I'm from Indiana, my typical fare is bologna and fast food. Its just cheap and easy, its what I grew up on. THere are a few good restaurants around, but I have to go to Louisville, Cincinnati or Indy. I love to try new foods, but there just isn't anything nearby.
I like Peruvian, Authentic Italian or Japanese when I can. THere are some good local Pizza places and Chinese, but have to travel at least 60 miles for great food
I actually cooked this from my elementary schools cook book for keks. I am from Ohio. I also made this. Whenever my parents try my food and I ask what they think it's always "it's kind of spicy" lol
Midwesterners sustain ourselves. I have a freezer full of venison and I've been hunting since I was a small child.
Coasties are afraid of guns and if the magical food house (supermarket) disappeared, they would most likely starve to death in a matter of weeks. They see working hard and being self-reliant as "below them."
Can you imagine a coastie trying to field dress a deer or gut a fish? Loving every laugh.
People who ate their first taco that wasn't from taco bell come back to their one horse town and say how enlightened they are because they did a semester in NYC. Meanwhile, Scandinavian and Germanic foods are coming back in a huge way, but that's not cool cause it wasn't on buzzfeed or vice.
int is my main board and most people there don't give a shit about the midwest. and 9/10 if they do they're a californian which is pretty hilarious. god bless that extra flags userscript
>move to Ohio for work
>downtown Columbus, decent city
>go to burger joint, all my coworkers recommend it
>waitress comes, asks me what I want, fries, truffle frites, sweet potato fries or jojos
>"what are jojos?"
>OH HEY MAAII GAT U DON'T KNOW WHAT JOJOS ARE WHERE ARE YOU FRUM!?!?!?!?!
>get up and leave halfway through disgusting burger without paying or leaving tip
>never felt so unwelcomed in a restaurant in my entire life
I miss New York already damnit.
don't fall off your high horse and break a leg
Yea but they're not just wedges, they're also battered which is confusing to me...Starch on a starch. I've never seen obesity to this extent until I drove through Ohio and made a few stops on the way to Columbus.
I'm only out here for a year, so I'll be back to civilization and normalcy very soon.
>lots of midwesterners are millitiantly pro IRA
most midwesterners don't even know that the IRA is. and claiming to be irish is not a shorthand for being catholic. try telling that to an italian and you'll get your ass kicked
t. midwestern catholic
Anything south of Rome is nigger-hybrid territory in Italy. No coincidence that all the wealthier cities in Italy are near the Swiss and Austrian borders.
Guidos disgust actual Italians. Don't confuse these primates with people again.
There's no such thing. You're just American. Doesn't matter where your ancestors came from. They braved seas, renounced the Nationality of the places they came from for a pie of the pie.
The pie is small in Ohio. Simple as that.
>upper class Europeans enjoying their spiced food
>increased trade after the crusades makes said spices more available to the lower classes
>upper class suddenly decides that flavorful food is for peasant scum and breeds sin, bland food is "in" again
>English cuisine in particular has never recovered since
The only reason the south is more concerned with race is because there are actual brown people there. Unfortunately it's not the good kind of brown people, just the kind that eat the same shitfood that white people eat.
>I'm a bit tipsy and probably won't even be this mad about the Midwest a few hours from now, but fucking shit.
This brought a smile to my face. Everything gonna be okay midwest bro, we grew up eating bland stuff, but I like to think it made us less picky.
Its like you have to pick one of two evils, be surrounded by the newest diet craze (gluten free etc) or chew down a burger cooked well done with your family.
I still don't understand whats up with avocados.
My neighbor gifted me 3 kringle's for Christmas. I tried 1 and threw it away, gave the rest to my mother friend who grew up in the same town as the producer. They are weird king cakes (from New Orleans)
I went back to my college town a few years ago
The old restaurants were still there
The food was exactly the same, which is to say, awful. But when you're 21, you don't give a shit and nice things are a scam. It's called sour grapes. Because college kids are poor.
>mfw in entry level STEM job with STEM degree and barely make 2K a month
>mfw when I live in the Midwest
I'm not even STEM and I make more than the salaries Reddit STEM thinks is impressive
I think most le STEM maymay posts are made by high school students with no sense of what "lots of money" translates to in dollars