Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Food Media & News >
Nov 14, 2012 12:24 PM

Fieri - best. takedown. ever.

  1. Oh, yeah...Some reviews are flowery, some are mundane, some are informative, but occasionally a review is a pure work of art.

    1. The upside of reviewing a terrible restaurant is that the critic gets to be funny. The downside is that he had to eat at the place enough times to know for sure that it's not just inconsistent.

      1. The sad thing is, how many people are going to Guy Fieri's dude-theme-park-of-swill and assessing the food critically? They're going for the spiky-haired aura, and no bad reviews, artfully-constructed or otherwise, will dissuade them.

        It's actually reassuring to know that the fare at his nominal "flagship" restaurant sucks as badly as I figured it would. Judging a book by its cover and all that aside, his public persona gives me hives.

        3 Replies
        1. re: Spatlese

          Not so sad. He may be able to get a sizable chunk of clueless business based on his brand. At least for a while. But if its all based on celebrity, the house will fall quick enough.

          There was a high budget, celebrity tinged place whose name escapes me on Stockton that Bauer demolished mercilessly. As I recall, he noted that he doesn't wield his sledge hammer against most striving, unknown restaurateurs, he saves his harshest treatment for cases where celebrity might unduly influence diners' choices. Seems to me that one didn't last long at all.

          If Wayfare Tavern was not at least competent, the Tyler Florence brand would not be enough to keep it afloat -- and if it hurt that brand it would endanger a lot more than just that one restaurant.

          Seems to me that Fieri is now squarely on a hot seat and needs to react quickly and visibly here or he stands to lose a lot more than the money invested in this one showcase venue.

          1. re: BernalKC

            Was the place on Stockton Planet Hollywood? Bauer wasn't kind to it
            and it had a Zagat food rating of 7 in the 2000 Guide.

          2. re: Spatlese

            It's Times Square, Hard Rock, Bubba Gump, and Planet Hollywood all have branches right around there. Presumably not many people who look to the NY Times for advice will be eating in that neighborhood.

          3. A good takedown? Sure. The best ever? Not even close.
            For your consideration:

            3 Replies
            1. re: adk

              The bit about the snails arriving under their own steam is priceless!

              1. re: adk

                Absolutely brilliant. Thank you for sharing.