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Aug 11, 2005 12:17 PM

re-post from SF board - Check Please

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I'm not sure if it's allowed to post this. (I guess it'll be deleted if it's not) But I thought who better to have an opinion than hounds?

A friend forwarded this to me. So KQED is doing a 'reality' show-like round table discussion on bay area dining. They are looking for everyday folks.

So I thought of you guys! It's called Check Pleaese, Bay Area.


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    Eldon Kreider

    Check Please originated in Chicago and is expanding to other cities with San Francisco being the first one. The show has generated quite a number of posts, some quite vehement, on the Chicago board over the years.

    The format calls for three "ordinary" people pushing their favorite restaurants. The quotation marks are deliberate; a fair number of the people aren't so ordinary. The pattern is one fairly high-end place, one more in the cheap eats category and one in between. They delight in things like having a steakhouse and a vegetarian restaurant on the same show.

    If you are interested, you might want to look at another thread:

    The Check Please Effect is well-known in Chicago. Diners flood a featured restaurant after the initial broadcast and to a lesser extent with reruns (this is PBS after all). Some small ethnic restaurants have been swamped.


    1. WTTW has been doing this in Chicago for quite a while. Its very popular in that "controversial, love it/ hate it" kind of way.