Northern California Dining June 06, 2022
If You Grew Up In Northern California, You Definitely Love These Five Classic Dishes
One of the best things about California is its diverse cuisine. A true melting pot of cultures from, literally, everywhere in the world, the state is awash in gastronomy.
And culture is definitely on full display when you look at the epicurean landscape. But if you grew up in California, there are several distinctive dishes that will stay with you for a lifetime.
Sourdough bread shows up all over the food scene, making its mark here in the mid-1800s during the California Gold Rush era.
You will find it everywhere, from standing in as an edible bowl filled high with clam chowder (most famously along San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf), holding together scrumptious sandwiches, and as French toast, just to name a few options.
This classic dish, typically made with rice, beans, shredded lettuce, cheese, guacamole, sour cream, salsa, and some kind of meat or chicken, is synonymous with The Golden State.
With the close proximity and long-standing history between Mexico and the United States, California in particular, it’s no wonder that burritos have always been a part of the culture.
If you’re going to have a salad named after you, this is a good one. Its namesake was the restauranteur—Robert Cobb—of The Brown Derby.
Legend has it that, back in the 1930s, Cobb was trying to decide what to do with several leftovers in the restaurant kitchen. Taking the errant salad greens, avocados, tomatoes, hard-boiled eggs, cheese, chicken breast, and bacon that he found, he pulled them all together in what has now become one of the most enduring dishes in the country.
Although the ingredients vary, the name says it all – born and bred in California.
The traditional characteristic of any California-Style Pizza is the crust – thin, soft yet slightly crispy, and with a savory Italian taste. From there, any toppings are fair game! You’d be hard-pressed to find a kid—a little one or an adult one—who doesn’t love this famous dish!
Keeping with the state-named theme, California Rolls have made their mark as well.
This Japanese-inspired dish of white rice pressed together and rolled up with avocado, cucumber, and fish and/or crabmeat has long been a part of the gastronomic landscape here. But over the years, those who don’t like seafood have made it without (a fact that Sushi enthusiasts often decry as not the real thing), earning it the “California-version” moniker. Still, it’s a state favorite.
Are any of these dishes part of your childhood dining experiences? If so, we’d love to know where you go in The Golden State when you have a hankering for a classic California food fix.
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