9 Overrated Bay Area Restaurants - Wow....
- mariacarmen Oct 12, 2012 11:51 PM
(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.)
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).
Because if there's anyone I trust to marry statistical rigor with good taste, it's EaterSF and their commenters.
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.
House of Nanking didn't make the list. They were robbed.
I would have put green's on the list, too.
I doubt Incanto actually got the most votes especially considering how often Mission Chinese and Flour & Water were mentioned in the comments.