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Jul 26, 2007 02:14 PM

Michael Bauer Disses L.A. Restaurants...[Moved from LA Board]

Okay, he seems to think the restaurants are good, but he goes out of his way to insult L.A. foodies. Guess we're all a bunch of celebrity-obsessed industry suits who could give a you-know-what about fine cuisine.

SF Chronicle Disses LA Food Scene:

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  1. I don't think he was all that mean. He did say that the cliche about no one eating anything fattening is false.

    1. I didn't find it insulting at all. He made a few generalizations, but they weren't really insults. To be honest I think the author of that article was being overly defensive. And I disagree that downtown has "always been a mecca for good restaurants". Huh? Until very recently there were only a tiny handful of places downtown worth eating in.

      1. agreed with the other posters above. i don't see it as being a diss on LA.

        however, look at the places he chose to dine at: cut, spago, etc.....gee, i wonder why he came out of those meals with the generalizations.

        michael missed out on the multitude of ethnic joints in and around town and seemed to only focus on the higher end spectrum of the food chain. and by doing so, he did himself (and his readers) a huge disservice.

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        1. re: wilafur

          "... missed out on the multitude of ethnic joints in and around town and seemed to only focus on the higher end spectrum of the food chain."

          That's exactly what he does here on his home turf. He has other people review the cheap places.

          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            then i am further intrigued why he chose not to review the low priced ethnic joints in LA that he seems to enjoy reviewing on his home turf.

            that would be more of an apples to apples comparsion no?

            1. re: wilafur

              I think Robert is saying that Bauer also does not review cheap restaurants in SF and that Bauer is guilty of the same sin in both cities.

              1. re: Porthos

                ah, now that i paid attention when reading robert's message...i gotta agree. whoops! damn reading comprehension. =)

              2. re: wilafur

                He has a small army of reviewers to handle those low-priced ethnic joints in SF and surrounding areas... while he repairs to the famed and named.

          2. just read the article, but didn't read the diss.

            if anything, it's the usual dispassionate, undescriptive, underwhelming review he gives, but didn't think it was that inaccurate.

            1. I don't think he's insulting us, he's insulting his readers by giving them such as boring article. The "diss" is the fact that he hasn't bothered to check out L.A. restaurants for an entire decade.

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              1. re: Chowpatty

                when's the last time the LAT sent a critic to SF?

                1. re: revets2

                  You know, you're right -- I don't know if the LA times gets SF all that well. But you know who does a fantasic job at covering LA? The New York Times. Over the past year or two, there's been great coverage of the Chinese restaurant scene here, taco stands all down the coast, an interview with Jonathan Gold, a story on Los Feliz, etc. You'd think that at the very least Bauer reads the NYT dining/wine section -- he'd certainly learn a thing or two about LA there..

                  1. re: tannazie

                    Don't have time to search right now, but I'm pretty sure S. Irene did a story a year or two ago.

                    1. re: tannazie

                      excellent point, tannazie. didn't even think of that. even though we live in LA we really enjoyed reading that in our NYT and thought the recs were really solid, too! bravo!

                      1. re: tannazie

                        The NYT also does a great job covering the SF dining scene, too. My wife and I always chuckle at the frequency with which SF related articles show up in the food section of the NYT. I don't think, apart from the NYT though that many papers do much in the way of really covering another city's restaurant scene.

                      2. re: revets2

                        No idea, but considering how Bauer often does visit other places as part of his job (NY, Phila., Chicago etc.) and writes about the food there, I was really pretty shocked he said he hasn't eaten in LA in a decade... we in SF may diss LA for whatever various reasons rivals of any sort might, but I don't think anyone in the know would diss LA on the food scene.

                        In any case my read of the article was that he was pretty impressed with what he found but starstruck in a funny kind of way.