This riddle has been edited significantly from the original. The clues and goal are largely the same, but I changed the final objective from a location to a food, as the location was largely contrived. The clues were only edited to add clarity and reflect this change. As the core of the riddle is intact, I refrained from creating a new Question.

Served in the halls of Ler, Sar, and Lin,
In the palaces of Pot and Lini too!

Delivered to the booth of Tas, Berg, and Hon,
Eaten cold by Chaels at the peaceful pond

Served to the dience by the thousands,
and cannibalized by lazy thousands more

Nibbled by tics and onks as they sit silently,
and Dha shows many the way

Eaten by Dr. Tine during his grizzly surgeries,
Munched by the modern mutilator Yaf

Fed to rots who learn speech and tors who learn speeches,
and a favorite of the King Sley's in Sin City

What is this popular food?

Hint 1:

Addendum to the first clue:
But never served to Ump or Ama,
And despised by Deau and Eron


First of all, credit where it's due: a key observation was made by Braegh in comments below. If you like this answer, go and find something of Braegh's and upvote it. Now:

The first thing to notice is that

all those mysterious non-words and non-names are (approximate) right halves. So in the first stanza we have the halls of Hitler, Caesar and Stalin, and the palaces of Pol Pot and Mussolini. The second seems full of sports commentators: Bob Costas, Dick Enberg, Vince McMahon, and Al Michaels who famously commented on the "Miracle on Ice" at Lake Placid, NY. In the fourth stanza we have arenas and (grand?)stands; mystics and monks and, presumably, the Buddha. In the sixth we have parrots and actors (not orators as I'd previously thought, for reasons that will become apparent), though I don't know who the -king -sley(s) might be nor whether I'm looking at -sin City or at Las Vegas. The hint at the end of the previous version of the question probably had either denizens or citizens, who are familiar with (probably) this state or estate. (It could be e.g. inmate but that seems much less likely.)

[EDITED to add:]

shoover suggests in comments that the King Sleys are imitators of Elvis Presley ("The King"), which seems very plausible; also that Deau and Eron are Pierre Trudeau and David Cameron, which they might be though e.g. Felipe Calderon seems about as plausible as David Cameron. And OP explains that Tine is Dr Guillotine (though his actual name was Guillotin...) and Yaf is Abu Sayyaf of ISIS.

But what does this have to do with our mystery food? Well, "obviously" it's

'taters. That is, potatoes.

So we have

dic-tators in the first stanza; commen-tators in the second; spec-tators in the third; medi-tators in the fourth; in the fifth, given OP's revelations described above, decapi-tators; probably imi-tators in the sixth, which is why I think they are actors rather than orators.

I confess that I am not entirely convinced about Ama and Ump:

Mr Obama, as a former academic, is surely a cogitator, and while few would describe Trump that way it would be hard to deny that he is an agitator.

  • $\begingroup$ I edited this question significantly, as the location was very contrived. You are on the right track. $\endgroup$
    – Pyrotrain
    Oct 18 '18 at 18:23
  • $\begingroup$ Wow, I'd completely forgotten about this one. Will take another look now it's been modified. $\endgroup$
    – Gareth McCaughan
    Oct 18 '18 at 18:24
  • $\begingroup$ (My immediate reaction is that the food is probably 'za, for the obvious suffixy reason, but I suspect there's more going on than that.) $\endgroup$
    – Gareth McCaughan
    Oct 18 '18 at 18:27
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    $\begingroup$ I suspect we might be looking for something along the lines of rot13(cbgngbrf) considering the first stanza describes rot13(qvpgngbef). I can't quite fit the remainder of the stanzas in, though... $\endgroup$
    – Braegh
    Oct 18 '18 at 20:43
  • $\begingroup$ D'oh, you're obviously right. Editing answer appropriately. (The key is an abbreviation.) [EDITED to add:] Done now. $\endgroup$
    – Gareth McCaughan
    Oct 19 '18 at 0:58

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