I personally am glad they don't let people rub the soap all over their dirty underwear. Most people, when using soap do not stick the whole thing on their private parts. I'm glad they were forceful about this issue, especially when the woman kept disobeying their hygiene policy.
@Dumpy good suggestion. Maybe we'll stop reading the food articles in CL altogether. Sure it will help your buddy the food writer to have a paper that can't get advertising for its food section due to low readership.
Why don't you take all your protective energy and give him the advice that he should consider all his readership feedback, not just the praise, for future articles/blogs.
It's a shame. Paul is a great chef with great food concepts. Unfortunately he let his son run two of his restaurants and both (well actually one had two incarnations), so three, have been failures in every possible way a restaurant could fail.
Same thing happened with the Vinings Inn & the River Room. The owner, not Paul, let his son run the business. You could mark on the calendar when the son took over managing the two businesses and their decline. Those two restaurants haven't folded because they are protected financially by other interests.
@Jamie - it isn't actually a restaurant. Although I think she caters. Recent Chilean acquaintances told me that this woman's empanadas help them cope with missing home: http://www.empanadaschilenasenatlanta.com/ I'm not Chilena, but will be ordering from these folks next time I have a party.
@Wesleywhatwhat - what is frightening isn't just his inability to read a map etc, but that the man has degrees in psychology! Deep personal prejudices would be disturbing in a psychologist. For want of an unbiased food writer, dare I say food critic (vs people critic), in a major city like Atlanta.
Oh well at least through these comments we can all help each other figure out what is going on with the restaurants.
@Smitty true about the Hong Kong sauce being sweet. The original AFM chef, who created the dish had a light touch with a savory focus. I moved back to Atlanta in 2008 and one of the first dishes I wanted was the Hong Kong seabass - what a shock!
Almost all dishes in Atlanta restaurants tend towards sweet whether directly or as a supporting flavor. Hard to get a decent savory dish in the Atlanta area. Even some of the Vietnamese places have been turning up the sweetness of their dishes :-(
I've been to the Optimist the oyster bar is great, the dining room meals are incredibly uneven. Must everything be "special and different" to be considered an excellent meal? Swordfish poached in duck fat - fine as an occasional offering but not a steady diet. Seafood restaurants need to focus on fresh seafood prepared consistently with a menu that has a majority of entrees that don't have you picking thru choices that have ingredients competing with the flavor of the seafood.
This constant harping on ITP diners being more diverse than OTP is a clear indication of the writers personal prejudices of race/ethnic and money. Let's see I live in Cobb I have Trinidadian, African, Brazilian, Cuban, Colombian, etc restaurants that primarily cater to people from those countries. I can hit Peruvian, Uruguayan, actually all of Latin American, all of SE Asia, and most of Eastern Europe in Gwinnett. Somehow these restaurants (people, food, status in society) don't meet the writer's definition of diverse diners.
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