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Can you truly outgrow your favorite restaurant? [Moved from L.A. board]

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Can you truly outgrow your favorite restaurant? [Moved from L.A. board]

missredbeet | Oct 18, 2006 09:13 PM

Isn’t good food always just good? Or can you out grow something?

Since dining at Grace last night I’ve been rolling this around in my head. When Grace opened a few years ago I went for a Christmas party and LOVED it. Went back last night and hated it. I got beef tartar that was covered in some sort of sauce that tasted like a fancy vinegar/ketchup concoction. The pork shank was ok but the sides were horrible. I just couldn’t help but feel blahhh when I left.

Here’s the thing, I’ve been traveling a lot recently and eating at what are supposed to be some of the nicest places (from NY to San Fran) and I just can’t help feeling like if you’ve been to one then you’ve been to them all. These fancy places with celebrity chefs and the same menus over and over and over.

Maybe it’s me. Maybe I’m just bored. But I think it’s more then that, I think perhaps I’ve outgrown them. But can that happen? I’ve never outgrown rice crispy treats, or the cantaloupe aqua fresca at Alegria, or dodger dogs. These things aren’t fancy or pretentious. These things aren’t made by hot chefs with farmer’s market produce. Why are these things satisfying but other things just aren’t anymore?

Does anyone else feel like this?

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