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Mandalay gets two stars--what gives?

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Mandalay gets two stars--what gives?

Kate the Great | Dec 6, 2004 10:59 AM

I’m delighted that Tom Sietsema had wonderful things to say about Mandalay in this weekend's Post Magazine. (For full disclosure, Mandalay is one of my favorite restaurants.) But why only two stars? The review is glowing, Sietsema praises every menu item he tasted, he admires the new location and décor, and the only critique he has is that the staff is too friendly with some of their regular customers. Their consistently wonderful food, homey atmosphere, and familiar service is significantly better than a host of other places that have been given two stars. Jaleo gets three stars, but not Mandalay? I'm tempted to say that there's a little snobbery at work here, given that Mandalay is an inexpensive Asian eatery with no pretensions. Can anyone give me a more sensible explanation?

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