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Aug 30, 2009 05:35 AM

Restaurant Girl Out.

The NY Daily News has gotten rid of their of Danyelle Freeman AKA as Restaurant Girl. One of the few restaurant critics working at major outlet to have their picture prominently displayed.

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  1. Do you think places like Chowhound and others like it, ie. local metro search engines, etc. have had anything to do with restaurant critics losing their jobs lately? Personally I'm not sure, but maybe paying these critics to eat & drink out on a regular basis when these newspapers are dying is just not feasible any more? And with more and more sites like this, personal blogs etc. All you really have to do these days is Google a restaurants name and if they're even on the radar, you get at least a couple, if not hundreds of opinions.

    I don't know....

    What do you think?

    8 Replies
    1. re: Restaurant Dish

      Restaurant Dish, I think you have a point. In my opinion I also believe that true journalism as a whole is dying. Anybody with a blog expressing an opinion is now an expert. Too many people use blogs and message boards as their main source of information.

      As for Restaurant Girl's column being axed. I think there was more to it. It wasn't very well written and I think having her picture displayed in the paper didn't make her seem credible. I can see her writing for "Metro" or "AM NY."

      1. re: MrsT

        <It wasn't very well written and I think having her picture displayed in the paper didn't make her seem credible.>

        I hereby nominate you for understatement of the year award (and not in a snarky way, as I wholeheartedly agree with you). I am having serious chowdenfreude this. RG was a horror show. How she ever got a paying gig is beyond me, but hey, Jenna Bush Hager was just hired by the Today show - equilibrium maintained!

        1. re: small h

          The sad thing is RG will most likely wind up hosting her own show with Katie Lee Joel and Kelly Choi.

          1. re: MrsT

            Bite your typing fingers. You're probably right. That'll be just one more show I don't have to watch, so maybe it's a blessing.

          2. re: small h

            Holy God! That is the word of the day to be sure. Permission to pepper my speech with the word chowdenfreude, por favor?

            1. re: DallasDude

              Permission granted. I think I invented the term, in long-ago post on this very site! which was of course immediately deleted by the powers that be. So tread carefully.

              Also, I left out the word "about" in my 7:03 post, which is annoying, since the editing window has closed, and now I look like an illiterate doofus.

              1. re: tatamagouche

                You're very kind. And right back at you.

        2. She was the most godawful writer in my experience ever to hold a restaurant critic seat at a major US daily. I think the NY Daily News started ghosting her after a couple of months out of sheer embarrassment, or at least had some editor who had actually paid attention in college to clean up her tortured, juvenile prose a bit. Bad enough she didn't have the sense to try to maintain some anonymity, but she was just a painful, cringe-inducing prose stylist.

          She stunk it up so bad I started a thread on this board for a while, the "Restaurant Girl Howler of the Week" to identify the most pungently reeking hunks of rotten prose from her weekly reviews: She made it tough to decide some weeks which of her inane turns of phrase was the inanest.

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          1. re: MC Slim JB

            I'm so glad she's out. I loathed her writing. I caught her on that reality show with Marco Pierre White (can't remember what it was called). She was so obnoxious about the contestant's food and stated her comments in an on-going whine. Not an appealing person at all.

            1. re: Claire

              I can't remember who I'm quoting here, but I've heard her voice, too, which sounded "like the New Jersey state anthem sung through an electric razor." But really, it was the writing that was fingernails-on-chalkboard to me.


              1. re: MC Slim JB

                That's really funny MC Slim JB and accurate, "the NJ state anthem sung through an electric razor." After reading her columns the voice just fit.

                1. re: Claire

                  Can't be certain, but I think that line is from one of McInerney's or Ellis's mid-80s NYC novels. It wouldn't have stuck in my mind if I hadn't known exactly what the author was talking about. I'm from Boston, home of many equally-grating local accents.


                  1. re: MC Slim JB

                    Yes, either of those writers could have penned that line. As for accents, I'm from New Jersey so the line resonates (and DF's voice grates!).