Maybe we should stop derailing the Boston thread, so here goes.
It seems like we're dealing with a number of categories of restaurants, and making generalizations based on those categories. Obviously, this taxonomy won't be definitive, but I think it'd be nice to lay it out explicitly:
San Pellegrino style restaurants: long tasting menus with small portions at very high prices, seldom found outside of top-tier dining areas
Fancy French food restaurants: dinosaurs, largely available anywhere, generally good execution, sometimes fossilized, bidet service
Subgenre: Like the above, but with '80s or '90s style "New" American food
NBC restaurants: the cool places we all like
Subgenre: Restaurants like this with heavy, unique regional influences
Local vernacular restaurants
Is this sort of the taxonomy we've been working with?