A young coworker of mine was headed out to pick up some Thai take-out for lunch.
“Jodi,” she told me, “when I drove across the country there was no Thai food for hundreds and hundreds of miles. No teriyaki either. Or pho. Or sushi.”
I gaped, aghast. “No Asian food?”
“Well, every town had a Chinese restaurant.”
I shuddered. I’ve been in those restaurants. Dim places smelling of urinal cakes with smoky karaoke bars and filthy fish tanks.
“Seriously? No Thai places in the Midwest?”
She shook her head sadly.
Is it true, Midwest Xangans? Is there no panang to be had east of the Cascades and west of Chicago? (PLEASE tell me they have Thai food in Chicago.)
And if it’s true…good god, what do y’all eat?