Signature dishes, it's food that embodies a region, it's a celebration of iconic cultural flavors, where natives and tourists alike embrace that bowl, that plate, that sandwich, that finger food and say, "You HAVE to try this!"....
Examples of iconic signature dishes includes the Rueben sandwich in New York; crab cakes in Baltimore; The Philly Cheese Steak in Philadelphia; Fried Chicken in Atlanta; Deep dish pizza in Chicago; Bratwurst in Milwaukee; Gumbo in New Orleans and Cedar plank Salmon in Seattle.
So with all that iconic food in mind, does Wichita have a signature dish, or is the Mid-Continent City a melting pot of foods and flavors?
Wichita has some rich food history, with nationally recognized restaurants like Pizza Hut, White Castle and Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers being founded here.
Just casually flipping through the yellow pages and looking at Wichita's restaurant landscape to get an idea of what might be the signature dish, I quickly discovered over 30 burger joints; more than 60 Asian restaurants; Mexican cuisine topping 70 eateries; BBQ featuring over a dozen finger licking opportunities; Coffee/Cafe/Diners with over 25 choices; Sub/Deli shops number over a dozen and if you want pizza more than 20 places to choose from. These numbers don't include restaurants with multiple locations, but you get the idea - finding a signature dish is going to be a challenge!
I'll be visiting a large variety of restaurants and sampling all types of food, getting input from patrons and restaurant gurus alike, trying to get a feel for what Wichita's signature dish might be.....
What a challenge huh? I am SO looking forward to this!
What do you think might be Wichita's signature dish? Comment below.