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#61 StephanieL

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Posted 31 January 2018 - 10:09 PM

The SF list is interesting, because one could claim you've had X but not at place X.  I'm thinking of the first one on the list, Anchor Steam beer, which I've had at many places and at home.

 

So I've had maybe 5 or 6 on the SF list.  Does the Irish coffee one count if I've had it at the Buena Vista café at SFO?


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Posted 31 January 2018 - 10:11 PM

Why not?    


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#63 Wilfrid

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Posted 31 January 2018 - 11:35 PM

The SF list is interesting, because one could claim you've had X but not at place X.  I'm thinking of the first one on the list, Anchor Steam beer, which I've had at many places and at home.
 
So I've had maybe 5 or 6 on the SF list.  Does the Irish coffee one count if I've had it at the Buena Vista café at SFO?

Right, that's the crusher. I've had sand dabs at Tadich Grill, lunch at Garden Court, cioppino or a bread bowl or hangtown fry at random other places. But those dishes at those locations, sorry.

I used to drink Anchor in the U.K.

#64 Orik

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Posted 01 February 2018 - 12:41 AM

You can have smoked meat at any number of places (well, maybe not if you go with Lex) but it's only iconic if it's Katz's.


sandwiches that are large and filling and do not contain tuna or prawns

#65 joethefoodie

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Posted 01 February 2018 - 12:46 AM

So is it the place or the dish?

 

Why is DiFara's, for instance, iconic.  There are, or were, plenty of great slice places when DiFara opened. It didn't become iconic until the internet, and the lines, decided it was.

 

I think Louie & Drnie's or Joe's (when you catch it right) slice is as good as their's, and they've been around just as long.

 

Or is it because none (or so few) of those places exist any more?



#66 Adrian

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Posted 01 February 2018 - 01:36 AM

di fara is iconic because the lines and the internet decided it was and, now, if someone asks "where do i go for the quintessential classic new york slice" most people will say "di fara" or "joe's" because those have become the places that represent that. "iconic" is an explicit appeal to an external judgment. 


I think you need to interpret what I'm saying in a reasonable way.


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Posted 03 February 2018 - 01:28 PM

I think Difaras is also iconic because of Dom. The idea some old dude wakes up every day like some zen master and goes to make pies, is incredibly appealing.
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#68 Wilfrid

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Posted 03 February 2018 - 03:23 PM

Funny how Ali stays comparatively below the radar.

#69 GerryOlds

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Posted 03 February 2018 - 04:11 PM

Funny how Ali stays comparatively below the radar.

 

From Kabab Cafe?



#70 Wilfrid

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Posted 03 February 2018 - 04:55 PM

Mm

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Posted 03 February 2018 - 06:56 PM

You can have smoked meat at any number of places (well, maybe not if you go with Lex) but it's only iconic if it's Katz's.

 

or Dunn's??



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Posted 03 February 2018 - 10:48 PM

 

You can have smoked meat at any number of places (well, maybe not if you go with Lex) but it's only iconic if it's Katz's.

 

or Dunn's??

 

 

 

In nyc. 


sandwiches that are large and filling and do not contain tuna or prawns

#73 Wilfrid

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Posted 04 February 2018 - 01:55 AM

Per Adrian, iconic usually goes beyond the plate to include history, priority, and ambience. Whether or not a Wolfgang's steak for three would match Peter Luger on a blind tasting, PL's is going to be regarded as the iconic version and rightly so.

It's less clear in a case where other places might have been making an obviously as good, or better version of a dish for a long time.

#74 Daniel

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Posted 04 February 2018 - 04:48 AM

Just got invited to a private party at Difaras. Excited to see what happens. Ill try to look past the fact this pizza master has been making pizzas every day for the last
countless years and see if its just hype
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Posted 05 February 2018 - 12:34 AM

 

 

You can have smoked meat at any number of places (well, maybe not if you go with Lex) but it's only iconic if it's Katz's.

 

or Dunn's??

 

 

 

In nyc. 

 

 

Oh, right. Whenever I read "smoked meat", I get stuck in Montreal.