Sorry Bob Dobolina, but your ignorance of history proves my point. The local-style hip(ster) culture creates new food trends and tastes. To correct your example - Chicken and Waffles was invented at Well's Restaurant in Harlem NYC in late 1930s. Most regular Well's customers at the time thought it was weird, but the hip crowd thought it was a gas.
You front that you're from LA (like that's supposed to impress us), but you're obviously not from the part of LA that pays attention to LA (more LA Metro Area than LA city perhaps). You can find this historical information on the website of LA's venerated Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles, quote: "From Harlem, 'chicken and waffles' was brought across the country to Los Angeles..." The Roscoe's Company History goes on to say that it was founded as an all-night restaurant catering to an alternative (hip) crowd.
I'm not a so-called hipster and frankly I can't tell 'em apart half the time, nor would I want to. Don't confuse people who call themselves 'hip' with actual hip people. My point is Durham-style is a different from mediocre pizza served in a family-friendly atmosphere. Take your brat kids and palate-challenged khaki office drones (and your poser i-Phone tapping hipsters, too) to Red Robin or Hooters if you want a "dining experience." I want to eat special food prepared for special people. As a customer I will almost certainly "leave Lilly's alone" until I'm convinced they have something to offer. But as a loyal Durhamite and all-around a-hole , I will attack and dismiss this poor excuse for a Durham eatery at every opportunity.
Complaining about how we don't want Raleigh's leftovers is "our own thing." Take note, you restaurant biz investors/entrepreneurs, Durham is actually a food town now. If you can't bring the flavor, stay away. We should burn this mutha down and put in a place that sells what I'd call "Durham-style" culturally inappropriate food: falafel biscuits; NC Pork BBQ (East or West) filled knishes; fried chicken tacos; crispy okra fried until it is dry and almost black served like popcorn at the bar; chicken and dumplings pho; you get the picture
Fantastic. I've been pining for a more Mediterranean truck options (no offense, current food trucks).
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