A persuasive argument against steakhouses by Josh in his Time column, although I think his strictures don't necessarily apply to all the restaurants on the Gayot list he's criticizing.
Persuasive to whom? Surely not the crowd a couple of weeks ago at DelFrisco's, that would have made for a wait of an hour or more for me. (So I went to Oceana, where I had a decent, if high-priced, version of surf & turf.)
Josh is making the same mistake as so many other self-proclaimed food authorities (including me:lol:): we think we know what the public should want and should be doing, and feel it is our duty to tell them when they are wrong; we live in a bubble of approved food and think other people should, too. The problem, of course, is that we don't know, not what anybody outside our sphere actually wants, nor what they aspire to, nor what they care about. Notice in the comments on Outback "And yet I keep on going back, always expecting that proper moment when it matches the mouthwatering experience I envision in my head." This is not someone who cares the way Josh does. Or gives a fuck about whether the meat he's eating is Prime, Choice, or Commercial. He cares about price.
[M]ost of the pastas hover around $25. This ought to be enough to buy bucatini that is cooked on both ends. -- Pete Wells on Caravaggio ( * review)
Tonight, there was a dessert of coconut, rhubarb, and black olive. Obvious in its execution how innovation and experiment, when introduced for their own sake, are annoying. --irnscrabblechf52, May 9, 2013
notorious stickler -- NY Times
deeply annoying and nitpicking -- Molly O'Neill, One Big Table