Culinary no-no FLASHBACK: You know you’re not in a good restaurant


We open the Culinary no-no vault this week.

From the fall of 2012:

As I’ve written in the past, there’s a lot to ponder when venturing out to eat.

ATTITUDE: I just don’t feel like cooking.

NECESSITY: Maybe the frig isn’t as well stocked as you’d like.

WHAT: What am I hungry for?

STYLE: Do I go fancy or casual?

LOCATION: Do I head across town or stay close to home? Is getting there easy, and can I park with ease?

REPUTATION: A familiar spot or new place?

SPECIAL OCCASION: Does it call for a celebration?

Articles that outline the favorite eating spots and menu items of local chefs, to me are always of interest. Here’s an example.

The Huffington Post (yes, shocking but true, I peruse the Post) recently queried “four top restaurateurs and industry professionals” for “signs that they are in a good restaurant.”

Of course the views are all subjective, but some that fell into the no-no category were surprising.

Anything wrong?

Let’s try this…

Take a look…


Looks yummy!

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No waiting!

Here are some restaurants Jennifer and I have dined at and loved…

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The amazing Harbor House on Milwaukee’s fabulous lakefront.

Picasso at…

The Bellagio In Las Vegas. (Picasso Photos by Daniel Jones)

N9NE in Chicago (pre-Kyla days, no longer open).

The historic Red Circle Inn in Nashotah, WI.

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Orchids at the Halekulani Resort in Honolulu.

All of the above images demonstrate to at least one of the “experts” used by the Huffington Post a reason showing that you are not in a good restaurant. If this was a baseball game, they’d be batting .250. Though correct in some cases, the so-called “experts” (and that would include restaurant critics) show that they’re to be taken with a grain of salt.

Here’s the Huffington Post piece to read about what’s wrong with the Red Circle Inn, Orchids, Picasso, etc.
—Culinary no-no #302, Oct. 28, 2012

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