The New York Times has an article today on the resumption of restaurant reviewing by the distinguished critic, Brett Anderson. Mr Anderson is a Pulitzer Prize winner for his work on the Katrina aftermath (how many restaurant critics hold a Pulitzer, I wonder?).
In its Friday issue, for the first time since every restaurant in the city shut down after Hurricane Katrina nearly three years ago, the newspaper was handing out beans alongside a formal restaurant review.New OrleansMr B's bistro gets the beans
“The restaurant scene is once again robust enough to withstand critiques,” said Jim Amoss, editor of The Times-Picayune.
By one count, there are 105 more restaurants than before the levees failed.
Given that there is plenty of crime, political scandal and rebuilding news to fill the pages of the paper, one would think that the return of a simple restaurant review might not attract much attention. But this is New Orleans, a city dipped in gumbo and garlic butter whose essential culinary canon has not varied much since the late 1700s.
From the first days after the hurricane hit in 2005, food has played a central role in the recovery of New Orleans.
Contrast this to Rutt's Hut, an old school Jersey hot dog legend. You can't even get across the parking lot without encountering pigeons who are so bold that they try to take bites of hot dogs from people who are walking to their cars. These pigeons are so brazen that they routinely shake down rats for lunch money.
hotdoglover, describing the well known Clifton NJ dog house