March 2011 issue of Budget Travel.
There's an interview with man-about-town and world traveler Anthony Bourdain in the upcoming March 2011 issue of Budget Travel magazine (not online yet) with a great sidebar in which he "lays five great rivalries to rest."
He declares winners in the Chicago vs New York hot dog rivalry (Chicago), North Carolina vs Kansas City barbecue (North Carolina), Mexico City vs Los Angeles tacos (Mexico City), New York vs Chicago pizza (New York), and Los Angeles vs NYC burger (LA because of In-N-Out). His reasoning, below:
Hot dogs: Chicago vs. New York
"As a New Yorker, I hate having to admit it, but Chicago has the best hot dog in America."
Barbecue: North Carolina vs Kansas City
Winner: North Carolina
"It's so minimalist— dressed with only a little bit of vinegar, salt, and pepper. It’s hard to argue with that."
Tacos: Mexico City vs Los Angeles
Winner: Mexico City
"Tacos should be soft. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a crispy taco in Mexico—or nachos. That’s not authentic."
Pizza: Chicago vs. New York
Winner: New York
"I think even our ordinary, 'utility' pizza is better than anybody else's."
Burger: Los Angeles vs New York
Winner: Los Angeles
"I have a soft spot for In-N-Out Burger. I always make sure to go."