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Mar 27, 2011 05:15 PM

The Next Great Restaurant 3/27- -Spoiler Alert

Taco Guy has the best chef

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  1. Huh? Taco Guy got booted partly because his food has not been good and he did nothing to improve it.

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    1. re: John E.

      thats what I cant figure out.... she works for gordon ramsey so she should know her stuff..

      1. re: John E.

        i'm thinking we should ask the mods to change the "no spoilers" title of this thread, because now i don't have to watch tonight's recording...

        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

          Sorry about that. But seriously, why would you read this thread before watching the show if it would bother you to find out what happened? The point of the thread is to discuss the show.

          1. re: John E.

            i figured someone would start a specific thread for tonight's episode if they wanted to discuss it, so i assumed it was safe to click on this one from a couple of weeks ago.

            ETA: contacted the Mods & requested a title change, hopefully they'll oblige.

            1. re: John E.

              Well there was that odd "no spoilers" for last week's episode which I didn't understand.

              I had a feeling the grilled cheese guy was gonna go. He was very wishy washy about the sauces but I'm not sure there's really a problem with grilled paninis like Bobby thinks (if that indeed is what's coming off the grill, can't really tell). Was surprised the Indian guy won overall.

              1. re: Joanie

                I have picked the Indian concept to win from the first. Although I am not generally a fan of Indian food, I think it's appeal could be widespread, not just in large markets but in mid markets, especially college towns. Since it is friendly to vegetararians and low in proteins, I would think running a reasonable Cost of Goods would be easier than say - grilled cheese sandwiches. I was sorry they made him change the name - I thought Tiffin Box was a great name and neatly captured the cuisine, the takeout aspect and was memorable. Even Tiffin would have been good - I can't even remember the generic title he is using now.

                1. re: tomatoaday

                  In the Twin Cities (one of the three starter markets and home to some chains that have taken off - (Famous Dave's and Buca)), we have sit down Indian restaurants where one can get a combo meal (samosa, entrée and a drink) for around or even under $10.00. The appeal would have to lie in the fast part of 'fast casual.'

                  I also liked the Tiffin Box name.

        2. Its going to come down to the soul food guy and Saints and Sinners. Funny that I remember Saints and Sinners but not the name of the soul food guy. The BBQ/grill people have a chance if they get thier act together.

          Funny thing is that the true next great restaurant is something that will compete nationally with Taco Bell. They have that market segment locked up right now. Yes I know there are regional companies but none close to national.

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          1. re: Just Plain Craig

            Soul food guy is SoulDaddy (or SoulDaddy's), something like that.

            I have to get this off my chest. I seriously dislike the Saints and Sinners concept. I think it plays into a lot of what is wrong with food culture today (some food is inherently "bad" some food is inherently "good"; I should feel "guilty" for enjoying a meal with whole ingredients but "virtuous" for obsessing over calories). I know, I know, I'm probably taking it too seriously, but I can't help it. I just don't like it. And I know it sounds mean, but I don't want it to win because then it'll get a lot of press, and I don't want to perpetuate that kind of thinking or conversation.

            1. re: charmedgirl

              But in a way isn't she saying a food is not inherently bad or good, it's both and thus, the options? I'd go and mix up the good and bad.

              1. re: Joanie

                I guess it's possible, but speaking only for me, that's not how I interpret it.

          2. Stone acts more like a jerk with every passing episode.

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            1. re: jackbauer

              I think its to cover up the fact that he has no clue.