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Food Fight Friday! Vote!

October 2nd, 2009 · 13 Comments

OK – here’s a new feature on this blog for occasional slow Fridays.

I just got into a discussion about whether that soft-fizzie drink you order should be called “soda” or “pop”?  It depends on where you’re from, apparently – we South-Mouths call it all Coke – or if you’re deep into Dixie, “Co-coler.”

But Pepsi has made such inroads, now, I presume, it is a draw – so vote your preference by leaving a comment below (tell me your city, too!).

1.  Which is it?






or Pepsi?pepsican




2. Do you prefer:

Mayonnaise? dukesmayo





or Miracle Whip?





3: Do you put

Ketchup on a hot dog?







or Never in my lifetime?hotdogmustard



4. I like:

New York style pizza? newyorkpizza




Chicago style pizza? chicagopizza




5. Do you call this: (a 3-choicer)

 …a sub?






… a hero?subsandwich




…or a grinder?subsandwich

Vote below!

Leave your answers as a comment below.  (Check the box to get a followup email if you want to see how others vote – or just check back. here on the blog.)

We’ll play again if you all get into it!

Tags: Today in the World of Food

13 responses so far ↓

  • 1 George P // Oct 2, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    1 – Coke – from Miami
    2 – Mayo – Hellmann’s
    3 – Ketchup – I only use mustard in cooking, not as a condiment
    4 – Both
    5 – Sub – but you left out Cuban or Hoagie

  • 2 Terri Turner // Oct 2, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    Ok, here goes…and all of my choices would be diet if available
    1. Coke
    2. Mayo
    3. Mustard
    4. New York
    5. Neither! It’s a “hoagie”!!!

  • 3 ksteinhoff // Oct 2, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    MO, with stops in OH and NC before FL.

    Coke (although Coke is called Dope in N.C., much to my surprise, when a staffer wanted to know if I wanted him to bring back dope.)

    Relish. No mustard or Ketchup, please.

    A sub here. A hero in at least one of the other states, but I can’t remember which on.

  • 4 Jan Norris // Oct 2, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    Terri is from Philly.

  • 5 gina messina // Oct 2, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    2. mayo-Hellmans

  • 6 Hilary Carmichael // Oct 2, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    Lived in Florida since 6 years old.

    1. Coke definitely!

    2. Mayo

    3 Mustard

    4. Don’t know the difference

    5. It’s a SUB!

  • 7 Jean Maurie // Oct 2, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    Coke (diet) didn’t know it was called dope here in NC
    Mayo – Kraft
    No ketchup on my hot dog
    Don’t know the difference in the pizza’s
    Sub or Hoagie – Russo’s PLEASE!!!!

  • 8 ksteinhoff // Oct 2, 2009 at 3:40 pm


    Wife Lila and I almost needed a translator when we moved to Gastonia, NC, in the early 70.

    On the first cold day, Lila came home from her job at a bank and asked if I knew what a farlit was.

    “Sounds kind of familiar. Can you use it in a sentence?

    “When I got to work this morning, Mary Jo said it had turned so cold that she had a farlit. I asked her if that was some kind of heavy coat or something. She looked at me like I was some kind of dumb Yankee and said, real slow, ‘It was so cold I had a fire lit.”

    Of course, some of them could be a little slow on the uptake, too.

    One of the first things I did when I was hired as chief photographer was to put police scanners everywhere.

    The most common traffic was running license tag checks. Most of the tags in the county started with CL as the first two letters.

    One day the older photographer who wanted to know if I wanted some dope came in with a puzzled expression.

    “I’ve lived in Gaston County most of my life and know just about everybody, but who is this guy Charlie L Lincoln they keep looking for?”

    “What do you mean?”

    The police scanner keeps saying, “See Charlie L Lincoln and I’d like to know who he is and why they’re trying to find him.”

  • 9 Lila Steinhoff // Oct 2, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    1) Coke – Classic only.

    2) only Hellmann’s Mayo
    (One of the things I swore would never cross my lips again when I left my mother’s house was Miracle Whip. Remember that stuff? Major yuck! And she used it on/in everything!)

    3) mustard, even on French Fries

    4) Not sure I’d know the difference. Although the NY style looks better in the picture.

    5) sub

  • 10 charmayne // Oct 2, 2009 at 11:17 pm

    Florida native, TN resident, transplanted to Michigan

    1. Coke – but I’ve called it soda, and here in the midwest it’s pop. I made the mistake when I first moved to Michigan and told a waitress I was going to have a “coke.” While I was deciding between Coca-Cola and Sprite, she brought me a Coke! I didn’t do that again.
    2. Mayonnaise!
    3. Mustard
    4. Both!
    5. In Michigan, if it’s cold it’s a sub, if it’s hot it’s a grinder. 🙂

  • 11 Jennie // Oct 4, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    Originally from York, Pa. — Fla. since 1979
    1. Gotta be Coke
    2. Mayo on sandwiches, Miracle whip in chocolate cake
    3. Mustard, onions, kraut
    4. New York pizza
    5. Sub

  • 12 Candace // Mar 31, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    I agree with Jenny for the most part:
    1. Don’t like either. I know I’m weird but I don’t like carbonated drinks.
    2. Miracle Whip does have its place in the kitchen.
    3. Definitely mustard, along with ketchup, onions, pickle relish and anything else I can find in my fridge.
    4. New York pizza. I don’t ‘get’ Chicago style.
    5. I’ve used all those terms – even used to go a place called the “Grinder Mill” in New Mexico. Took us a while to figure out what they sold.

  • 13 Diane T // Sep 24, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    it’s tonic if your from New England
    Pop if your from Rhode Island
    I call it Soda now that I’m in Fla,

    I think Duke and Cain Mayo are made from the same manufacture. And they are excellent mayo

    Mustard on my dog

    NY pizza

    It a sub, cause it looks like a submarine
    and if it’s toasted after it’s made ,it a grinder.

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