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Nov. 15th, 2012 | 02:12 pm

From the J'Accuse...! department, here's a restaurant review of Guy Fieri's American Kitchen & Bar, in the form of an open letter that's as scathing as it is juicy and fun to read (assuming you aren't Guy Fieri). There's all sorts of choice bits in it that would be eminently quoteworthy, but this one from near the end is the best by far:

Is the entire restaurant a very expensive piece of conceptual art? Is the shapeless, structureless baked alaska that droops and slumps and collapses while you eat it, or don’t eat it, supposed to be a representation in sugar and eggs of the experience of going insane?

The entire review's very much worth reading; it's utterly devastating, but its hurtfulness is still eclipsed by the sheer delectability of its righteous indignation. One can't help but picture the reviewer as a distinguished elderly gentleman, quite possibly of British descent, with a stiff upper lip who takes everything in unflappable stride — until the last straw finally breaks the camel's back, and he gets shirty.

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Schneelocke

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from: schnee
date: Nov. 15th, 2012 07:58 pm (UTC)
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I can see why, to be honest. ^^ Although if the restaurant's anywhere near as bad as the reviewer made it out to be, maybe he should hang his head in shame and try to find work in a different line of business. ^^

Wow, and as for the review — it sure seems to be making the rounds!

Edited at 2012-11-15 07:59 pm (UTC)

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tzisorey

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from: tzisorey
date: Nov. 15th, 2012 10:53 pm (UTC)
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WTF is Donkey Sauce..... And where can I get some?

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Schneelocke

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from: schnee
date: Nov. 15th, 2012 11:06 pm (UTC)
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I was wondering that, too, but with a name like that, I'm not so sure I'd actually want any — it just might taste like ass, if you'll pardon the expression. :)

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The Mystery of the Supranational Rabbit

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from: porsupah
date: Nov. 15th, 2012 10:55 pm (UTC)
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I'm put in mind of a combination of Anton Ego and Basil Fawlty. =:)

I was quite fascinated to see the tone of the comments, too - some agreeing, some taking the rather unfortunate position of "oh, what do you expect in that kind of location? Anybody going somewhere like that should know what they're in for".

It'll be interesting to see if any improvement takes place as a result. I'd be surprised if the headliner has much actual involvement with its daily running, so it could well be just a matter of the place having been able to get away with it for a good while, relying on the tourist trade.

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Schneelocke

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from: schnee
date: Nov. 15th, 2012 11:17 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, I'd say it's unlikely that he's actually personally involved. And you can't really expect that, but nonetheless you do have to wonder — assuming that it really is as bad as the review makes it out to be, of course.

FWIW, it's a relatively new place that only opened a good two months or so ago. I understand that other reviewers have been something less than overwhelmed, too (this site has compiled a couple), so one has to wonder if there isn't something to the common theme after all. I obviously can't form an opinion without having eaten there myself, and I'll never do that for a variety of reasons, not the least of which being that it's simply too far away, but I'd expect that when you're looking at a barrage of bad reviews from a variety of publications, there's got to be at least a kernel of truth in there.

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Aurifer Salavor

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from: aurifer
date: Nov. 18th, 2012 08:47 pm (UTC)
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Ha, great. I've seen Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, and it's a pretty terrible show. The food looks delicious, of course, but then it's just edited takes of the guy slurping back mouthful after mouthful of food and saying "Mm! Mm! That's good. Mm!"

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Schneelocke

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from: schnee
date: Nov. 18th, 2012 09:09 pm (UTC)
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I've never seen it, myself, but that DOES sound pretty terrible — so terrible, in fact, that it might be fun to watch again for the sheer camp value. :)

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