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Dec 2, 2012 11:03 PM

SD Dish of the Month

How many people on this board are interested in doing having a SD "dish of the month" feature. I've participated in the one going on over on the Home Cooking board (they're doing gratins this month) and I know the SF board does one (theirs is tamales this month).

It works like this...every month we nominate and then vote on dishes that we want to try at various restaurants around town and select one. Then we post back where we ate the dish of the month, how it was, and so forth. I'm proposing that we start with January 2013, and I'll even volunteer to be the OP putting up the thread and counting the responses. We've got threads on best place for soup, donuts and cinnamon rolls, so why not pick a dish and focus on it for a month and then move on.

Interested? Yea? Nay? Who care?

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      1. re: foodiechick

        +1 that foodiechica is posting before 9am!!

        ; )

        1. In theory I think it's a good idea.

          But more often than not, at least on the LA board, the dish of the month thread degenerates into a rehash of places that people have already been -- instead of a current, blow-by-blow account of dishes that people are sampling, real-time.

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          1. re: ipsedixit

            I agree with your assessment. Comparatively speaking, this is really a fairly small board with a small number of regular posters. I was kind of hoping this kind of topic might generate some participation from some less frequent posters.

            It not about find the "best of" genre, but of the places we're eating that have the dish of the month on the menu. It doesn't have to be the "best" rendition of it, in fact, I would kind of hope that it wouldn't be.

            I don't know about the rest of you but I'm getting tired of reading the same litney of places over and over, and yes, I'm just as guilty of it as anyone else. I thought this idea might be a way to generate some discussion of new, or less frequently posted about places.

            1. re: DiningDiva

              I think a dish of the month topic is innately hard to do.

              People, whether they admit it or not, are sort of creatures of habit. They have their regular routines, which includes places or things that they eat.

              It takes quite a bit to get someone to break their routine just to try a Chowhound "Dish of the Month" topic, especially between work, family, kids, etc.

              And this doesn't even include all the people who are "trying to eat out less".

              Which is why most of these posts degenerate into a "Restaurant X has great [dish of the month]. It's really good every time that I've been ..."

              But who knows.

              1. re: ipsedixit

                I agree, it's quite a task to go beyond your 'bubble of comfort'. That being said, if it included a 'hood and a cuisine, i.e. trying several places on Convoy for a particular dish might be interesting.

              2. re: DiningDiva

                Since we are relative small board perhaps instead of having the best dish of the month we could broaden at a bit by having an ingredient of the month, e.g. interesting dishes with pork belly, brussel sprouts or rutabaga etc. It would give us a more "space" to discuss.

                1. re: honkman

                  I like Honkman's more flexibility.

                  1. re: Beach Chick

                    That would be good, expecially in your case where you problably wouldn't be tasting pork belly and meats etc. You might get shut out from most of the action.

                    1. re: cstr

                      Exactly brother sledge...
                      'You might get shut out from most of the action.' Maybe that's the goal..
                      I could do the Soy/Tofu variety.
                      ; )

                      1. re: Beach Chick


                        I can hardly wait for that soy/tofu.


                2. re: DiningDiva

                  Speaking as a longtime lurked, very infrequent poster, I think this would be a great way to participate more. Not to mention that it helps gives me better focus for my "go explore SD food" crawls.