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MSP - Herd Mentality?

Loren3 | Nov 13, 2007 01:02 PM

I've mentioned this before, and it may be time to bring it up again, but why is it that we seem to focus on only one resto at a time?

What prompts this is that chowspouse and I decided to grab a bite of Thai and catch a movie at Lagoon (Wristcutters, A Love Story - hilarious, highly recommended, but I digress). So we swung by Tum Rup to be greeted by what was easily a one-hour wait for a table. C'mon. This is Tum Rup Thai. Good, but no Thai in this town is worth a one-hour wait. So we strolled around the corner to Amazing Thai. Half empty. No wait. Better selection of tap beers and wines. More creative Thai-style dishes on offer. We had duck curry and haw moak kai. All-in-all, we thought it a better place than Tum Rup. So what is it about this town that we seem fixated on one resto at a time at the expense others that may be equal or better? Why is Amazing empty so we can all queue up at Tum Rup? And this is true to some extent at all the usual suspects in town. Is Little Szechuan really the only Chinese in town? Is 112 really the only place like it in town? Is Manny's the only place in town to get a torta?

Don't get me wrong. I love these places. But are they worth their hype? Or their fan-base? Or something? I'm not sure what. And shouldn't we, as 'hounds, be doing a better job of finding other options?

Anyway, that's my philosophical question for the month. Thanks for listening.

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