First, let me make it perfectly clear.
I really want T-Rex to prosper and be happy for selfish reasons (especially that late closing ... a clean-well-lighted place in Berkeley with parking at 2am).
I LOVE most of what the Lalime's group does ... crazy in love.
After living a year in the East Bay, I'm pretty in tune to this reviewer. I know where his tastes match mine and what I can just ignore.
That being said, when I see any post ... make that consistant posts ... on Chowhound that come close to this rave, then I'll go back to T-Rex (excepting times when nothing else is open).
The food isn't bad. It is tasty enough. It is just that there are so many better places (especially BBQ) in the area that, easy parking or not, I don't feel compelled to stop by and use my bucks that way (unless nothing else is open).
This is what attracted me to Chowhound in the first place. A review that was so out of tune with what I was tasting. It was a pretty similar situation too. A restaurant that threw all kinds of money into making it the ultimate dining experience yet it never translated into taste. Fortunatly, eventually, that changed at Cetrella. Hopefully the same thing will happen eventually at T-Rex ... but I'll wait till I read it on Chowhound.
The good thing about the review is that it will attract diners to T-Rex and keep it open ... the crowd that loves PF Chang and Chevy's and Olive Garden and ... any cuisine revised and sanitized to appeal to the masses and please and not surprise as many people as possible.
For me though, if there was no Chowhound and I read this review, I would have been really disappointed. I'd be searching the web to see if anyone else thought the same thing about the food that I did. Long live Chowhound.
Maybe I'll do what I do sometimes with Chowhound reviews, print it out and take it with me on my next visit. Then I'll read it as I'm eating to see what it is I'm suppossed to be tasting. Sometimes I can't pick up those nuances on my own.
Besides, I didn't want to know the story behind the cornbread name, I want to know why it is called T-Rex.