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    Would it be correct to use the term "Typical food" to refer to that particular way of cooking of a certain place? For example: This is the typical food of a seaside town

    Thank you very much

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    I'm not a native speaker, but I'm sure it's OK. I've heard it many times. Also typical foods.

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    Default Re: Typical food

    Quote Originally Posted by ratóncolorao View Post
    Would it be correct to use the term "Typical food" to refer to that particular way of cooking of a certain place? For example: This is the typical food of a seaside town

    Thank you very much
    "Typical food" is common usage in US.
    Example: "Pizza, burgers, and fries are typical food choices for teenagers in the United States." Or, "A typical breakfast in the US might include eggs, fruit juice, and coffee."

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    Quote Originally Posted by ratóncolorao View Post
    Would it be correct to use the term "Typical food" to refer to that particular way of cooking of a certain place? For example: This is the typical food of a seaside town

    Thank you very much
    Check out Typical Foods of Every State/Region of US? - General Chowhounding Topics - Chowhound for 'typical food" preferences in the US.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ratóncolorao View Post
    Would it be correct to use the term "Typical food" to refer to that particular way of cooking of a certain place? For example: This is the typical food of a seaside town

    Thank you very much



    How about "local dishes"?

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    Default Re: Typical food

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    The term is used in the US but not in the same way as in a Spanish-speaking country. For example, in Mexico, an average restaurant will advertise that it offers food typical of a region. I can't think of any menu in the US that would use "typical" in this sense. They may indicate that they offer regional foods or that they offer cajun cusine - but they probably don't use the word "typical" in the same sense that it is used in Mexico. I believe what the original poster had in mind was some term that meant - tipica comida - or typical food. Tacos made from beef tongue is an example. The difference is subtle, but is it there. Maybe the original poster can enlighted us on this matter.
    I have to write a few lines concerning typical French food, suddenly I doubted about the term "typical" so I decided to consult it.
    Looking thouroughly I have found this example in the Cambridge dictionary:

    This sort of hot and spicy food is very typical of the food in the south of the country.

    And yes, in Spanish we say "comida típica" of a certain place, as far as that food is made only in that region, town, etc.

    Thank you. As always you all are of great help.

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