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There are many challenges when moving, particularly to a new country, but perhaps none more daunting than the life-long daily requirements of food and dining. These are my struggles.

When it comes to restaurants, there are really four primary considerations: Sushi, Mexican, Pubs and Delivery. Here's what you need to know about Pennsylvania in these departments.

Sushi - Hibachi. Hibachi everywhere. I don't know what it is about being somewhere that can't decide if it's in the south or not, but just about every sushi place is hibachi, and those that aren't (i.e. the ones I'll actually go to) have not impressed. Not with poor quality, but the most underwhelming, generic and mildly-bland-but-not-so-much-that-it's-necessarily-bad.

But hey, perhaps that should be expected that in a place so devoid of an Asian community that there be a lack of Japanese cuisine. Let's try our hand at Mexican. The first thing to note is that Mexican here seems to be very chain-heavy. Not much in the way of local options. We did go ahead and try a local place that was terribly bland and utterly disappointing. Chains of Fiesta Mexico and El Rodeo have been solid choices despite failing to wow. Lest you, as I did on one El Rodeo occasion, happen to order something just slathered in cilantro when you're someone who finds cilantro tastes like grass and dirt.

Alright, I'm effectively in a college town though, so pubs should be a slam dunk. I can always go for some quality nachos or a veggie burger. So what do you have here? Pump cheese everywhere. It's a land that has lost the concept of melting grated cheese over tortilla chips. Never did I imagine it would be so hard to find. My last outing found some well put together nachos with real cheese, but were unfortunately the chips half of the nacho equation was salted into oblivion. There are veggie burgers scattered in a few places, but far more difficult to find than north of the border.

When all else fails though, turn to the quick answer: delivery. Sometime's you're just lazy but still want good food. That's when you pay someone else to do all the work. Being tucked in a tiny town just outside of other larger towns, most places don't delivery here. But maybe that's a good thing.

The Chinese food is underwhelming.

The pizza is abysmal.

I don't understand how so many places can not know how to make pizza. Do people think it actually tastes good? Have they ever had good pizza? It's a pitiful attempt at New York style pizza that is undercooked and underseasoned. The crust is soggy, seemingly cooked at too low of a temperature, perhaps in a cooking sheet, like some sort of bastard child of a deep dish pizza. Without exaggeration, Pizza Hut looks good by comparison. And the one thing the entire country can agree on is that nobody likes Pizza Hut.
Posted by Yodariquo Sun, 27 Nov 2016 20:35:11 (comments: 11)
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