Here in the U.S., we’ve become enamored of international cuisines. Even in regions where a Korean restaurant was once an exotic discovery, it’s not unusual to find Southeast Asia, Latin American, Caribbean and African restaurants. But Pittsburgh’s Conflict Kitchen takes multinational take-out cuisine to a new level.
The unique restaurant, which changes its menu and cuisine every few months depending on geopolitical events, only serves foods from nations that the U.S. government is in conflict with.
Conflict Kitchen “uses the social relations of food to engage the general public in discussion about countries, cultures, and people they might know little about outside of the polarizing rhetoric of governmental politics and the narrow lens of media headlines”.
In the past months, Conflict Kitchen has served Afghan, Iranian and Venezuelan food. They’re currently featuring Cuban food, with a menu that includes favorites like tostones and ropa vieja, but I want the empanada guayaba.