It obvious that in your area,Connecticut, restaurants haven't even heard of Greek food...
NONE eats pea soup in Greece , I mean NONE!!
As for corn beef...We rather starve than put this thing in our mouth...
We are serious when it comes to food.
I first found out that pea soup exists in Dickens' novels that I was reading as a child...I was crying when I was reading that poor Oliver Twist was having pea soup...
Greeks are happy people, we enjoy life and we laught a lot.
Do you think that we would smile if we had pea soup and corn beef ??
I think it is important to note that I think what Non chef is talking about is not Greek restaurants that serve Greek food. Rather, he is talking about the ubiquitous dinners that are owned by Greeks that seem to have menus as long as a Dickens's novel and they serve the same soup menu every week.
No, your compatroits fill a void and are very smart business people. Perhaps you have to live in the mid-western U.S. to understand this phenomenon. In my town I'd have to guess that at least 1/2 (NO EXAGERATION) of all the restaurants are owned by people of Greek origin.
The Greek restaurant owners provide what people want...a"homestyle" meal at a great price. It the place people can afford to eat at often and it's not a burger or a taco. Tons of selection (too much) but that way you can eat there 60 days in a row and not repeat your order, ha. It's safe, reliable (because the serve the same soup every week, etc...),you won't leave hungry and the kids won't complain too much.
If they opened restaurants serving Greek food there would barely be enough demand to keep 1 restaurant open.
W. DeBord , You are dead on the money on this one . These midwestern Greek restauranteers are very business oriented and they know how to make money by filling a need in the community .
They normally serve homestyle meals that stick to your ribs and there normal soup rotation is appreciated by the customers cause they know what they are getting before they walk in the door. And what by the way is wrong with split pea soup and good old comfort foods ?