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Nov 26, 2007 10:05 AM

So Many Restaurants and Too Many Pretenders

I’ve had three very mediocre meals over the past month at places that I had really high expectations for (not cheap either). Giving my experiences some thought, I’ve concluded that since the restaurant business has boomed over the last couple of decades, a lot of people have chosen to attend culinary school (many of whom may have not chosen to do so before). And I believe that in many cases people may be choosing culinary school and seeing it as another viable skill to have with which to earn a living (and maybe not because they love food so much). And I think that some restaurant owners may be in the business for similar reasons. Now, I don’t think that that is bad to a certain level. What bothers me are places that are semi-expensive to high end which feature many contemporary menu items, but which consistently don’t deliver in terms of execution of the meal or in service.

My questions are:
1) Is this anything new?
2) Are there just too many “pretenders” out there trying to grasp our dining dollar?


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  1. Not too often and then once it becomes a success, everyone copies it! (flatiron steak, molten chocolate cake, lobster mac and cheese ) !

    As far as pretenders.... That's one of the reasons I love about Chowhound...! They save me (most of the time!) from bad meals or wannabe chefs. I get the opinions of real people not some paid reviewer (hopefully!!!) and while everyone here doesn't have the same taste, I've recognized the people on here who have similar food tastes as me and if they like it, then I'm more apt to give it a try!.