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I used to always look forward to Friday's E & T section to read Helen Schwab's latest review. It seems that lately if there is a review it's just filler. There are restaurants opening almost daily it seems and today's paper had a "review"(using the term loosely) of a fast food joint called Cook Out. And lately I've noticed that they are re-printing articles in Friday's E & T section that they had previously run in Thursday's Southern Mecklenburg Neighbors . What's up with that?

Lately, all I've enjoyed is Wednesday's food section. I'm a huge fan of our food editor, Kathleen Purvis, and always looked forward to her pieces... but what's up with Helen?

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  1. Most food reviews give you an "idea" or snapshot in time of a restaurant. After a few years in the Charlotte area, I find little resemblance between the Schwab review and my experience at the restaurant. I always ask myself, "Is the same restaurant that was reviewed"? Just my take.

    Check out the food reviews of Tricia Childress in Creative Loafing - she really does a thoughtful and meaningful review.

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    1. re: RonG

      I couldn't agree more with both of these posts. It's really a bummer. I thought maybe she was on vacation but it's been a long time since I've seen a review that I agreed with. Three of my friends and I have a monthly restaurant "date" and we used to make a habit of going to a restaurant that she had reviewed. But unfortunately after a few misses, we just stopped. I really hate it because she was spot on for a long time.

      1. re: southernitalian

        And I love the fact that Kathleen Purvis reads Chowhound! She's a local treasure!

        1. re: southernitalian

          Thanks, I'm glad to know it's not just me. I, too, thought she was on vaction for awhile, but it's been a long stretch now. Of couse last week she did Old Fort Pub in Hilton Head and some diner down there. I think Charlotte restaurants have been neglected. You're right about Kathleen Purvis... she is a treasure!

          1. re: lynnlato

            Thanks for sending me to check out Creative Loafing. We are heading to Charlotte next month for a week long bridge tournament at the Hilton-University and looking for casual vegetarian friendly dining. I was able to print out CL top picks for vegetarian, vegan and vegetarian-friendly restaurants in the Charlotte area.

            1. re: lynnlato

              Another Friday Charlotte Observer, another week without a restaurant review. I don't get it. I am seriously thinking of just getting a weekend subscription. Am I missing something?

              1. re: southernitalian

                I hear ya. What the hell is going on? Hey, by the way, any idea what restaurant Kathleen Purvis was writing about in Wed.'s food section where she described a horribly snobby server? Some place on Providence Rd. I'm dying to know!

                1. re: lynnlato

                  Helen did a real review today although I will not be rushing over there any time soon. Sounds like Pewter Rose II. I'm just glad she's doing reviews again. I would LOVE to know which restaurant Kathleen was at. I was thinking Providence Bistro?