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Oct 12, 2012 11:51 PM

9 Overrated Bay Area Restaurants - Wow....

(not sure if this thread should go here or in Food Media & News...)

I can see their point on almost all of these, to a certain extent.... but Incanto? and it got the most votes for most overrated? who did they piss off? (everyone who voted, it appears.)

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  1. A lot of people complained about the service, which I've always thought was great.

    It may just be poor timing since Cosentino just won Top Chef Masters and the restaurant is getting a lot of attention.

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    1. re: bluex

      The source for the story is 77 comments, about half of them anonymous, on an Eater post. Garbage in, garbage out.

      1. re: bluex

        The service at Incanto when I went was expertly done. Very friendly, informative and intuitive about when to check back. I thought the food was well executed (though I liked the food at Flour + Water, Locanda and Cotogna slightly better - I also am not someone who eats a lot of tripe etc. so that could explain my preferences).

      2. Because if there's anyone I trust to marry statistical rigor with good taste, it's EaterSF and their commenters.

        1. I'd agree with them on a couple - haven't tried them all, since we moved out of the city two decades ago and don't come back that often. But Slanted Door I've always thought was overrated - it's a bar with cleaned-up food, not even Viet banquet food actually. A number of years ago we had the privilege of attending several Vietnamese banquets, including one cooked specially for our group by a wonderful older man who had once been a high-ranking South Vietnamese diplomat. Stunning meal, akin to a true Chinese banquet but with French touches. We actually prefer the Viet food at Lin Jia/Oakland or Nong Thon/El Cerrito to Slanted Door. But SD does have fabulous tea - properly made always, whether hot or iced.

          Haven't been back to Chez Panisse after a beautiful but fairly tasteless meal, also a while back. Did have dinner at the CP Cafe and was frankly appalled. The vegetarian entree mistook boring for subtle. The best dish was the fettucine with meatballs - not exactly the food that made CA famous.

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          1. re: jaiko

            I've been lukewarm to Slanted Door at the Ferry Building. Recent lunches at Out the Door on Bush near Fillmore have me singing its praises. I loved their Bánh xèo.

            1. re: Cynsa

              same here - tepid at best. i liked Out the Door at the mall, too. a shame it's closed.

              1. re: mariacarmen

                another ditto. Out the Door at Westfield Mall was a convenient spot for a rendezvous.

                1. re: mariacarmen

                  Why did it close? The place was bustling each of the last few times I'd been there, and the food was great.

                2. re: Cynsa

                  Totally agree. OTD Bush has everything good about Slanted Door with a more comfortable dining room and a better vibe. I haven't done a side-by-side comparison of the menus, but I always leave OTD feeling good.

              2. House of Nanking didn't make the list. They were robbed.

                I would have put green's on the list, too.

                1. I doubt Incanto actually got the most votes especially considering how often Mission Chinese and Flour & Water were mentioned in the comments.