The Midwest is our center, an enduring hub of transportation and trade, the nation’s Silk Road lined with tracks of steel. Immigrant cultures, both longstanding and recent, nourish communities with traditional foods: Serbian goulash in Milwaukee, snapper over mole verde in Chicago’s Logan Square, Somali sambusas in Columbus, and yes, chicken and waffles in Detroit. These plates have become just as fundamental to the culture here as cheese-stuffed burgers and Michigan cherry pie. Together they form this collage, a collection of the region’s essential dining destinations.
But then, what even is the Midwest? Its boundaries are vague, and like leagues of journalists and culture pundits before us, we debated its possibilities for social, political, and geographic definition. In the end we focused on the Great Lakes region, which for our purposes includes Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. These six states alone gave us plenty to research and relish.Read More