I'm mostly a quiet and reserved person. But my hackles are up after reading post after post from people spending exorbitant amounts of money on mediocre food, and being happy with this. Maybe it's because I'm a former restaurant employee, working both in kitchens and the floor. But, if I'm going to pay over $100 for two (without drinks)it better be a damn good meal; something I would rave about, and something I couldn't do with a little time in the kitchen trolling through my fridge. And very often it's not the case. Maybe it's generational (never thought I'd ever say that!) or my inflated food ego or money just not being worth what it used to, but almost every time I go to a recommended restaurant I walk away disappointed. I admit I'm not a fan of french cuisine (I lived there and it's more verbiage than substance, good bread though. Take away the butter and wine and they are in big trouble). I'm usually happier with simple places, ethnic places that do their best with limited resourses.
Anyway, sorry for the long rant, it's probably indigestion, but I just think we should all have higher standards and demand more (and pay less) from these mediocre establishments. Peace - Out