Like many here, I've been around this board since the Usenet days. Is it just me or has it gotten more and more elitist over the years? I always thought that part of the "chow" aesthetic was finding great food _at a great value_. Hence the déclassé name. But the frequency with which posts like "NY Hound coming to LA for one day, where should I go?" now receive answers like "Urasawa" (as opposed to, say, "Tommy's") freaks me out. Is it just that hounds have done well for themselves over the years and/or have big expense accounts? Is money (like drive time) no object? This is not meant to troll; it's a genuine philosophical question.