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Andrew Zimmern - Spoon & Stable

Db Cooper | Mar 18, 2015 07:09 PM

This is a note to those considering dining at Spoon & Stable based on recommendations from Andrew who is the popular Travel Channel Host who lives here in the Twin Cities. Well, lives here when he's not filming, off doing celebrity junkets, or charity work which I support. In other words, he's here about half the time or slightly more.

Andrew owns a percentage of this restaurant. Please be aware that his recommendation also impacts his bottom line. Thomas Keller & Daniel Boulud also are investors. Don't let that cloud your judgement. Just because their money is invested doesn't mean their level of quality is being met.

If you look at the reviews for Spoon & Stable, you will see they are mixed. Very mixed with even the best ones having doubts. Simply put, the place is getting hype for the name of the chef. The actual quality of food and service isn't matching the pedigree. Which is why you see the wide variety of reviews. The restaurant is trying to be all things to all people which is a nice way of saying it has no vision, has no soul.

If you really only have one meal in town, there are restaurants that have better track records and are consistently putting out better food:

-Restaurant Alma
-La Belle Vie
-Meritage
-112 Eatery
-Bar La Grassa
-Tongue in Cheek

I realize that many visitors want to follow the advice of the Travel Channel expert. I can't speak to Andrew's true intentions as to why he continues to tout Spoon & Stable versus other places in town outside of my own impression which is his friendship with Gavin Kaysen and his own financial interests. Andrew seems an honest man, but he's lying (or oblivious to the facts to the point of disbelief) if he thinks S&S is on the level of the places I mention above. Or he's trying to cash in on his celebrity at the expense of your enjoyment. Don't play the fool

Restaurant Alma,
Meritage,
112 Eatery,
Bar La Grassa
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