I love this review for its honesty. It's not easy to write negatively about a place (and a name) and put your name on it, and I think JZ demonstrates a fair amount of bravery in getting her point across. And how ridiculous that the quite valid concern of a restauranteur opening 5 new places in a calendar year might be overextending himself is viewed as a "personal attack." No, that's just sound logic, and at some point the quest for more capital comes at the expense of quality. If you're going to charge essentially $100pp, you better deliver. And I think this review is fair in pointing out that it's a gamble for diners at that price point. The shills in this thread are so over the top in their unfailing love that it's laughable.
allevolve, I believe that's why it's a "First Look," not the comprehensive review that Jennifer Zyman will provide later on, which will surely include all things muddled and tinctured and infused. And I'm pretty sure that anyone who cares about eating as well as drinking will be compelled enough to try out the bar program, which does get referenced, even though the reviewer doesn't himself drink. Perhaps intrigue is working in their favor here.
Good one, Joe. But despite its messy convolution, I think the meaning of the sentence still comes through. Everyone needs an editor now and then...after all, the first line of "The Wasteland wasn't "April is the cruelest month...." that was buried about 50 lines deep, after Eliot originally penned a ridiculous set-up that started with something like "We had a big night down at Sharky's." You can thank e.e. cummings for the save.
For starters, appropriating a reference to a San Sebastian military occupation protest movement-turned-festival into the name of an Atlanta tapas place seems a bit much, even by the ever-more-absurd naming standards of today's restaurant ventures.
Though think of the possibilities it opens. . .Franco's Franks--Spanish-style hotdogs and sausages, updating the on-the-move cuisine of 1930s Spain for today's American palate!
Fascism and Fideos--pasta flavored with the umami of persecution!
But the biggest offense might be that the restaurant's forced reference to Tamborrada is so eloquently plagiarized from wikipedia.
website about copy: http://cooksandsoldiers.com/about/
wikipedia entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tamborrada
It's verbatim except for one phrase--the addition of "day and night" to the sentence, "For 24 hours, day and night, the entire city is filled with the sound of drums," obviously to clear up the common misunderstanding that usually 24 hours does not, in fact, include both day and night.
If you're going to be this pretentious, at least don't steal all of your words. And if you're going to steal all of your words, maybe try to be a little more discrete than using wikipedia? And, finally, if you're going to add three words to the stolen words to somehow "make them your own," try not to do so in a completely redundant and nonsensical way.
All of it makes your yearning for that most elusive of prizes--authenticity!--that much more transparently faux.
East Atlanta has apparently also been deemed too scary/unprofitable. It is true that I die every time I cross the south-of-20 threshhold, so it's a good thing I've been blessed with many thousands of lives.
Umm, nice ad.
Wow, the commentary on this argument is so incoherent and lacking a true understanding of how back-and-forth, intellectual discussions can actually make meaning that I can see CB planting his hand in his face over and over. "everyone is entitled to their own opinion," yeah, that's a nice line. Act like your opinion is informed by enough other dialogue and perspectives that i should give a shit.
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