i've been moaning about the dated, cookie-cutter reviews in the trib and the sun-times for years. how many times can bruno review rosebud in one year?
the review that mike g just turned in on fortunato and bella domani cinch it.
when you read good food critics, asimov and grimes of the new york times for instance, they put you there. the authenticity and the knowledge of food are in the writing, but more importantly, they give you a story about a meal, a night, an experience.
i've stopped reading mainstream chicago reviews because one more "shrimp cocktail with a spicy tomato sauce for $9.95" will probably put me over the edge.
does the chicago audience really need to be beaten about the head with every price on the menu and the formulaic musings of apps, entrees, desserts, service delivered the same way every time? these guys have zero imagination. the only thing worse than reading a bruno review would be having to sit at the table listening to his conversation all night. they might very well be nice guys, but they are horrible writers.
put a chowhound behind the wheel. let's make newspapers worth the change again. i'm tired of avoiding the friday editions like the plague.
mike g for trib food critic. let the interesting articles begin.