Claims of "authenticity" can be one of the laziest and most uniformed ways of talking about food. The authenticity conversation is worth having, of course, especially with people who know what they're talking about. So often though, claiming authenticity seems a way of sanctioning a food without really talking about how tasty it is, what makes it so good, or what, finally, it is.
Many of us have eaten Tex-Mex food (fajitas, enchiladas suizas, chile con carne) for most of our lives, and perhaps mistakenly thought it was authentic Mexican. Similarly, many of us have eaten American Chinese food, and perhaps mistakenly thought it was authentic Chinese…not that it matters much.
Galena has successfully maintained its unique character by regulating the appearance and personality of its downtown area. Such a solution is not so easy for those who would like to see Oak Park retain its distinctive character.