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Taxonomy of Modern Restaurants

12 October 2017 - 11:56 PM

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?

Village Voice, print edition

22 August 2017 - 05:30 PM


Colette to Close in December

13 July 2017 - 04:37 AM

History of Restaurants

22 June 2017 - 11:23 PM

Couldn't find an existing similar topic, but I found this capsule history of restaurants in France a charming read:



The Angry Chef

19 June 2017 - 02:52 PM


Apparently he's made it his mission to dispel wellness-related bullshit. Good.