So I used to eat at Joe's fairly regularly a couple of years ago. I remember fun apps and entrees, and I loved the SWG salad, but would get asiago instead of gorgonzola. Well, I went back for the first time in quite a while, and was severely disappointed. Is it just me? Or have they slid backwards? What's with all the potatoes? And it looks like they're trying wa-a-ay too hard with the apps. I ended up ordering their curried yellowfin "burger". I don't think I've ever had worse tuna in my life. Even Red Lobster and Chili's had better tuna. This was horribly mealy and dry. They still carry the SWG salad.
So the philosophy. We all have recs for a certain area, and those are usually based on past experience. I've been guilty of recommending Joe's within the past year or so to people looking for recs in the Loring Park n'hood, but obviously those recs were based on outdated info. I think it's important to keep our impressions fresh, because some places do go downhill (recent thread about Midori's Floating World comes to mind, as does Salsa a la Salsa), and some places do get better as management or chefs or menus change. Or, some places are the best because they are the first and only, and as new and better places open, we don't always adjust our standards. Also, some places give us a favorable impression because it was our first experience with something, and that tempers our expectations. So, I think I'm going to discipline myself to not *recommend* anyplace that I haven't personally eaten at within the past year or less.
OK. Rant over. As always, thanks for listening.