Bon Appetit has announced The Hot 10: America's Best New Restaurants. Hurry, before they become The Room Temperature 10. [UPDATE: You can live argue with Andrew Knowlton about his selections at 3 P.M. EST today right over here.]
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All the chefs look like 'Portlandia' extras. Not that I'm complaining!
I don't really like the idea of those hard-to-find, hard-to-contact, set-price, no-menu-choices, etc. restuarants. I am sure the food is probably delectable, but it all comes off as too try-hard for me. I can't stop myself from eye-rolling when I read about one.
@olivebee Gah, typo on restaurants. Sorry!
@olivebee And why do I get the sneaking suspicion that not one of the fancy $50 entrees on the list will hold a candle to the breathtaking $7.95 red curry at my local Thai place?
@werewolfbarmitzvah Yeah, there was one that talked about $45 Thai being "the best value in America," ...what?
@olivebee Ditto the places that put things like "10.5" on their menu instead of "$10.50." It's, like, the hipsterism of restaurants.
I think the article is meant to be satire, and it's stale, obvious satire at that.
Once again, Boston's food scene gets the shaft. :/
@LastMinuteLulu Well, because obviously they needed room for two Brooklyn restaurants. (Seriously, shut up, Brooklyn.)
@LastMinuteLulu and meetapossum: yep, and yep. Sigh.
@meetapossum Oh, my god, Brooklyn. The next time someone tells me to go to Roberta's, I will cut a bitch. I have been. It is tasty. Not tastier than the West Indian places forced out of the neighborhood so a bunch of wealthy white kids could live in factories, and definitely not worth the pervasive fog of smug self-satisfaction that calls itself an "artist enclave." So, no, Blanca, I will not wander through the Viking hot-tub party for the privilege of sitting at your shiny counter.
@LastMinuteLulu Roberta's isn't that good, but Al Di La? It is. I realize that's not the point though.
I love reading Bon Appetit while high. It makes me feel like I could cook anything.
Pic #7 is irrationally annoying me. I hate how she's staring off into the distance while he's looking straight at the camera.
@Slutface I'm willing to give them the benefit of the doubt, because that space was the worst Dunkin' Donuts in the world, so this has to be better.
@Ophelia Yeah, I don't blame them. They were following direction from the photographer. I hate that in any photo though. It looks ridiculous. The pose that really gets on my nerves is when a fashion blogger will take a picture all by herself clutching her arm, staring off in the distance, laughing her face off. It looks stupid!
@Slutface Im going to pile on and say that I've heard mixed reviews of that place. Mixed! Reviews!
Has anyone been to Battersby (#3)? I apparently walk by it EVERY DAY and I have never seen it. Maybe it's like Diagon Alley. I am baffled.
@Ophelia Yes. And it is deservedly on this list. There is no sign which may be why you've walked by it. Just absolutely amazing food and not really that pricey considering the quality and location. I've been a few times but not lately as it has gotten so much press that it is impossible to get a table on the weekends (They don't take reservations like many of their Cobble Hill/Carroll Gardens brethren.) But beg, borrow and steal to go there because that kale salad is legit.
@Techmo Cool, I'll hunt it down this evening while I'm walking the dog :)
AH, so, Jane and I had a "When Harry Met Sally" moment, because I said "ughhh, I just read this hilarious thing making fun of farm-to-table restaurants, like 'we do things differently here!' but it's never different," and Jane said: "That was me! It was in my Calgary piece."
Which is to say that Jane and I are gonna have to throw out our wagon-wheel coffee table.
I think you just made melis's dreams come true.
SHE DID SHE DID SHE REALLY DID
If I read about the glory of kale salad one more time...
@Squareface Ugh. There is also a reference in one of those reviews to something that claims to be "hay-infused" and I think that may have killed me.
@Megan@twitter Maybe they were referring to the beef?
I feel like, I dunno. I feel like, as a dude who moved to Williamsburg, who was into molecular gastronomy for a few years before giving it up to focus on making traditional sausages / breads / pastas from scratch I just...
Like, I gave up on the trendy shit because I didn't want to be trendy - and I'm just one dude at home, not a restauranteur or anything. But I take pride in my cooking, and I like to cook for people, and I just can't stand that no matter what I'm doing, in a few months I'm seeing articles about it being cool.
And I know I'm not responsible - nobody with any swag is coming over to my kitchen while I'm like, making Saucisse de Toulouse and blasting Nelly & Gang of Four and Serge Gainsbourg, switching back and forth between fancy cocktails with shittons of bitters and shotgunning cheap watery american mass-produced lagers...
And like, I'm not gonna switch it up. I do what I feel like. But it's really wack when people come over and are like "Yo, dude, try to be a little more brooklyn" all sarcastically. We're just...like this, you know? Not all of us are following a movement, some of us are just doing our thing before it became a 'thing'.
@leon.saintjean So what you're saying is you were doing X, Y, and Z foodie-thing ... before it was cool?
I am a horrible person. I'll see myself out.
"I feel like, as a dude who moved to Williamsburg, who was into molecular gastronomy for a few years before giving it up to focus on making traditional sausages / breads / pastas from scratch I just..." Leon! LEON. That sentence! That sentence.
are you real
(also to be clear I say this with AFFECTION and TENDER RECOGNITION OF OUR COMMON HUMANITY, not like, RRR LEON, I am done qualifying this now)
What, am I supposed to just not make this traditional sausage?
@melis is he a whiskey-born mirage or a djinn from a discarded bottle of local absinthe?
@melis - uggggggggghhhhh all mocking is a million times deserved what an intolerable post.
I can't believe i just said "Oh, sure, I am totally intolerable, but i am intolerable on my own at my very core not just because it is the popular way" as if this was somehow a better reason for being intolerable. ugh. that guy. gross.
@leon.saintjean "...and I just can't stand that no matter what I'm doing, in a few months I'm seeing articles about it being cool."
How many walls did you have to have knocked down to make a backdoor big enough for that brag?
@leon.saintjean That post was pretty damn epic, though.
guys what do you think non-traditional sausage looks like
@Ophelia - is it too late to pretend it was satire? yep, it was satire.
(did i really say swag? i'm so sorry. i should not ever talk about myself while listening to rick ross at work.)
hey have some of this bratwurst, it's made with lamb shanks and jealousy but you can only cut it with a knife from the land of mirrored shame
EVERYONE AFFECTIONATELY RUB THEIR KNUCKLES IN LEON'S HAIR UNTIL HE SAYS "YOU GUYYYYYS" AND THEN WE ALL GO OUT FOR DIPPIN' DOTS
I just thumbs-upped absolutely everything in this thread. Pure gold all the way through!
We kid because we love, bro.
@Ophelia Epic in its hipster douchebaggy-ness.
@melis I missed this WHOLE THING, and now I want to French-braid everyone's hair.
Here's the thing though- you wrote FOUR PARAGRAPHS. Not exactly an impulsive reply. Clearly you've thought about this before. So to say, "oh you're right, I can't believe I said something so gross and intolerable! I'm so not that guy!" is a bit misleading. Because you are that guy.
@leon.saintjean To paraphrase the incomparable Ernie Anastos, keep stuffin' that sausage Leon. Seriously, no snark. People do unselfconsciously stumble onto stuff that then shows up somewhere and suddenly you're a hipster douche. I have photos of a birthday party from years ago where I served cupcakes instead of a traditional cake because we were in a semi-public place and I didn't want to have to schlep 20 plates and 20 forks etc. It's the same food in a different form. Two years later came the Sex and the City franchise and when I show those photos now I might as well draw in thought balloons over people's heads saying "No, you're totally a Carrie!!! I'M THE SAMANTHA!!!" People were making Saucisse de Toulouse hundreds of years ago and coincidentally people with tattoos and porkpie hats and rock concert T-shirts from the 1970s only now are discovering how great it is. It is no fault of yours. I don't know if this has caught on yet but the perfect summer dessert is old-fashioned ice cream sandwiches. Do restaurants serve these yet? Years ago I bought a box of them (I think they were Hood) and passed them out in their wrapping and I asked people to guess what they were. Everyone said "they seem so familiar..." You can also make your own. Buy chocolate bakery cookies and then fill with whatever ice cream you like. You can also, if you're fancy, drizzle a little syrup over the ice cream. People love them and they cost like 75 cents a serving. And you know, in these difficult economic times...
@AmandaBunny - I didn't deny being that guy! Even if it was just a quick little one sentence thing, it's still something I said, which I guess means that part of me is TOTALLY that guy. He's intolerable. That's why I have to take everybody out for a lovely treat of the ice cream of the future to make up for my horribleness.
@leon.saintjean Seriously though, That Guy becomes 100x more tolerable when he comes with home-cured pork products and fresh bread.
@melis but I think he's bald?
or is that profile pic someone else?
does that make noogies better or worse or what?
@leon.saintjean Don't worry, hipsters are not defined by their interests but by their sense of moral superiority regarding their interests.
@JanieS And ice cream. Don't forget the ice cream. But only the locally sourced organic kind.
@leon s I just assumed you were writing a brilliantly hilarious send-up of every hipster who ever hipped.
@leon s I will eat your artisanal sausage, leon. Damn all you haters.
Um, not THAT one.
Leon, I love you.
Let she among you who has not ever bought a pair of skinny jeans cast the first stone.
@wee_ramekin Ooo! Ooo! I've never ever bought a pair of skinny jeans (largely because I can't get them on past my knees). But I'm still not going to cast stones.
Oh what the fucking hell. There's one in SF, of course, I've never heard of it and I literally drive past it every week (it's by my favorite cheap Korean beauty supply/wig store) and they serve tiny $6 bites on trays followed by a pancake course? I can't, this fucking place, I swear to god.
@insouciantlover the 192 yelp reviews recommend refreshing your browser throughout the day to try to get a dinner reservation... ahahaha... still no.
The restaurant profiles contain an unconscionable number of typos. I'm going to focus on that instead of the restauranty bits because otherwise we're heading toward HULK SMASH territory.
Ahhhh, I totally accidentally made a reservation for the top new restaurant just yesterday. I rule.
No Chicago. Cool. Cool cool cool.
@TheRisottoRacket Grant Achatz isn't tattoed enough. (though really, Next being on a list like this would suck too, because so few people are ever going to go to that place)
I hope this means the baton is passing and I can get a table at Toro Bravo now.
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