You hear it all the time that international cuisine in America is not authentic, particularly when discussing Olive Garden and Taco Bell. Well, we know that, but the argument also comes up about the mom-and-pop ethnic restaurant on the corner. Turn that idea around, and you have to wonder whether other countries have "American" restaurants. Yes, they do -and they can say a lot about how the world views American food. CNN has reviews of the worst attempts at recreating the American dining experience in Europe. American Dream in Paris leads the list:
Rude service. A patronizing menu of “American” specialties. An interior that takes kitsch to a nauseating level, with an over-abundance of cheap tchotchkes throughout, and for some inexplicable reason, a basement dedicated to Japanese manga.
The fries taste stale and the shakes are sweet to the point of undrinkable. The menu full of overpriced blandness is served on dishes made to look like paper plates.
We get it. American food is often rightly mocked for being oversized, dripping in grease or just plain tasteless.
But to make an entire restaurant out of the joke isn't funny.
Have you ever been to any of the restaurants on this list? Or to any "American" restaurants in Europe? Link -via Alltop
PS: They're not all bad. CNN also lists the best American restaurants in Europe. Link
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