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Scurrilous ignorance

Doc | Jul 12, 2003 09:12 PM

I'm not here to rail against food critics, local or otherwise -- I think most of you know my feelings on that subject. Nor am I going to post another anti-Bayona screed -- ditto. But I happened upon the following "review" while searching for something else entirely, and it bolstered my long-held contention that many (if not most) food critics know little more about food and restaurants that the people they're ostensibly writing for.

These two writers founded the dining site foodtourist.com. At the beginning of this review they say "New Orleans is a difficult town to get to know," with the obvious implication that *they* have somehow penetrated the veil of our mystery and secrecy. Yet they are still capable of an idiotic statement like "Shrimp is usually pretty ordinary in New Orleans. You are rarely served them non-frozen." All right, there are a lot of inferior and even frozen shrimp to be had around the city -- an inexcusable amount, even, given what's available during the season. But to state that we hardly ever serve good, fresh ones is going way too far, and reveals that these "foodies" have barely scratched the surface of our better restaurants.

Given the depths of their ignorance, I'm somewhat surprised that they managed to recognize the superiority of the late, lamented Gerard's Downtown, which for my money was always light-years ahead of Bayona. Good thing they didn't find Marisol -- very likely it would have confused them to the point of incoherence. Which I fear I'm approaching now. I know I'm overreacting to this silly little review on a silly little website, but my God, I get so sick of seeing us "summed up" by people who really haven't bothered to learn very much about us at all. OK, end of rant.

Link: http://www.foodtourist.com/FTGuide/Co...

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