Perhaps a good discussion starter. Which restaurants do you feel are overrated (this board, critics, newspapers or just too popular) and which are the hidden gems which don't get enough love or are overlooked?
When someone posts something you disagree with, please politely reply with your point of view.
For me, the underrated/overlooked list:
Four Square. Years ago was regarded as one of the top places in the Triangle - alongside Magnolia Grill and Nanas. The menu is rewritten almost entirely bimonthly. Dependable great food in a nice setting. Expensive but good value for what you get.
Snap Pea popups. Only one weekend per month and tickets sell out within minutes. Only overlooked because the bloggers & press have not discovered.
Mesa Latin Kitchen. Good press when it opened (Indy) but crickets since then and too many open tables when I have visited. Everyone I've taken has thoroughly enjoyed it.
... I could add more... but I will wait and see what y'all put here.
Herons. Incredibly expensive. Dishes appear creative and well plated, but I have been very underwhelmed by flavor. Friends have echoed the same sentiment.
The Pit. Yeah, its' very good 'que and I understand that they get the attention because it is large and is a "upscale" 'que environment. But it always gets the attention over down home places like Allen & Sons, Bullocks, etc.
Angus Barn. There are plenty of detractors and I am one of them. I've met far too many people who claim that this is the best steak they've every had. I feel sorry for them. I suppose if you compare it to Outback they look great? It is a local institution and nice setting. Just can't speak much for the food.
(Disclaimer: as far as The Pit and Angus Barn - I've been pescatarian for a bit more than 2 years, so I haven't had any pork or beef from them in a while.)