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Nick | Nov 13, 200304:30 AM    

Well, I received my America's Top Restaurants 2004 today. It appears such cities as Dallas and Portland that have lost their own guide are still getting updated reviews here. I imagine it's the same on the website, then, but maybe more thoroughly (I hope). There were definitely some changes in the reviews and in the scoring. I've still got my 2003 to compare (eg, it was nice to see Lola -- hopefully via its fabulous tasting room -- in Dallas getting its due by ranking at the top for food and Riviera falling off as it should).

I was also interested to see that I was quoted in at least one review in the Portland section describing the Joel Palmer House's service as occasionally immature. I checked my review of the place online and those were the exact words I used (and they could have quoted more than the one in the review). (btw, one of the incidents at this place that caused me to call the service immature was that they were handing out bread and I was downing the stuff; after several slices, the bread server jokes: "where do you put it all". I laughed a little, but my eating companion was aghast. Chaulk it up to trying to do fine dining in rural Oregon where you have to hire high schoolers for your brigade.)

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