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Just a thought about Guy Fieri's restaurants [moved from Austin]

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I know this isn't about Austin, but some of you guys actually travel outside of the city to eat every now and then. We were in Sonoma awhile back and ate, at my urging (or probably begging), at Johnny Garlic's, one of Guy Fieri's restaurants. A little background: I love triple D, I watch it incessantly, so I was pumped. Unfortunately, my fondest memory of the experience was before I opened the door. The place was a dump. It was Friday's without the cleaning crew. It was Applebee's with nasty floors. The truth of the matter is that it was uninspired. We sat at a crummy table, the service was passable, the menu was genuinely pedestrian, and the food was totally unmemorable. I am only telling you this because I just finished reading a ton of negative reviews of Guy's new restaurant Guy's American Kitchen and Bar in NYC. The more I read, the more I could relate. I love Guy's show, but I won't be going back to any of his restaurants.

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  1. Guess that's why he was the Applebee's spokesman for a bit

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    1. re: amykragan

      Just my opinion but this happens when you become a victim of your own success and particularly if you are and absentee owner of a business(s). You hire people that you think will carry out your wishes but over time a sort of complacency must set in and this is what happens. But to the contrary since I travel exstensively I have had the opportunity to visit several places he has featured and they are all quite good.

    2. Entertainer/businessman not a chef.

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      1. re: redfish62

        If nyt is to be believed he's not much of a business MSN either.

        1. re: sal_acid

          Just cause it's a terrible restaurant doesn't mean people won't flock to it.

        2. re: redfish62

          Actually he is a professionally trained chef jut like Flay, there's just more money in television.

          1. re: ericthered

            According to wiki he is a professionally trained restaurant manager, but I don't see anything in there about him learning how to cook

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guy_Fieri

            "Although Fieri has no training as a chef"

            He has no training, I have no training, neither one of us is a chef.