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Food Icons: Barbacoa and Italian Beef

This week we begin an occasional series on Iconic dishes, beginning with tender Barbacoa and meaty Italian Beef Sandwiches. There's a reason political candidates are always seen taking bites of Ben's Chili in D.C. or Giordano's pizza in Chicago, it's because those iconic dishes are woven so tightly into the fabric of a city. If an outsider can be photographed enjoying something so locally beloved, they've gotta be decent, right? We were thinking about what constitutes an Iconic dish, and decided we would take an occasional look at how that dish has come to define a certain place. No surprise here, but Rick chose barbacoa from Mexico City and Steve tastes the Italian Beef sandwich in Chicago over the beloved iconic stuffed pizza.

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