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Popular (and Successful) vs. Good

Carty | Jun 11, 201506:01 AM

Hey. I wonder if it's possible for a certain class of Boston area restaurant to be popular, and therefore successful by conventional metrics (seatings, $) without necessarily being that "good" with regard to quality of food, quality of experience, and value.

Let's take two recent deep discussions here: Select Oyster and Naco Taco. For the record I have been to neither and am not assessing them here, just trying to illuminate my question.

*Lots* of buzz based on chef celeb status. Constrained access (no reservations, limited seating). Pricey.

And they are mobbed. Little business incentive to change anything, although they may be committed to improving for the sake of doing so, we can watch that here.

But let me just blurt this out, do you think the Boston area may have enough affluent trend-seeking diners to support some restaurants doing a suboptimal job? If so it's no skin off my nose as long as I can continue to distinguish them. I try to figure that out here.

What do you think? Do you have any other/better examples?

Select Oyster Bar,
Naco Taco
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