Yes, there are good bagels and pizza outside of NYC but...
Warthog made an eloquent and impassioned plea for culinary tolerance under an earlier post last week:
... I remain baffled as to why so many people from NYC seem to expect the rest of the world to duplicate their preferred style of pizza (or hot dogs, or bagels, or...), rather than accepting and enjoying the fact that a wide range of other styles exists. It seems like every time I see a post of the form "Well, it's not just like that from *location*, therefore it sucks", the poster is almost invariably somebody pining for NYC. ...
Hey, NYC - get over it. If you need to go home to get your favorite dish, do it. Enjoy a nice crab cake or deep dish pizza while you're there. The rest of us are busy exploring and enjoying what the rest of the world has to offer wherever we are, even as we cherish our favorite dishes from "back home" when we can find them.
I was nodding to myself when I read this and thinking how how reasoned and broad-minded it was, and then something occurred to me. Much as I appreciate anyone dissing New Yorkers, especially if they're Yankee fans, I have to point out one exception.
Now don't we all agree that while there are very good pizzas, bagels, hot dogs and so on elsewhere in the country that aren't like the New York version, you can only get a good crab cake in Maryland?
Wouldn't it be absurd to appreciate, say, a North Carolina crab cake for its own merits, or a West Coast crab cake?
Well, they just aren't like that from Baltimore, therefore they s**k.
(Lloyd Fox/Sun photographer)