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mwise Aug 6, 2013 03:57 PM

Anyone know why Altura has been dropped from Eater's Essential 38. Has there been a change in chef or quality?

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    GreenYoshi RE: mwise Aug 6, 2013 04:26 PM

    Because Top ** lists are fickle and rely on largely on the current whims of editors?

    1. gingershelley RE: mwise Aug 7, 2013 10:24 AM

      Because controversy on such lists is what get them tweeted, shared, re-read, and revised, which gives Eater more page hits. Et Voila.

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        Gizmo56 RE: gingershelley Aug 7, 2013 11:24 AM

        Exactly. The lists would be undramatic if they did not constantly change, if when the restaurants do not. It is all about the drama and the controversy.

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        equinoise RE: mwise Aug 15, 2013 02:25 PM

        Agreed that top ** lists are easy-to-employ editorial gimmicks--Seattle/SeattleMet mags seem to each have a different one every month. So I was reluctant to even look at this Eater list. But now I have. Just to show how arbitrary, Eater says it had "to make room for the newcomer" (Little Uncle*) so out go Altura and Quinn's. Why jettison Altura and Quinn's but retain Palace Kitchen and Cafe Campagne? Sheer food quality doesn't explain it, and with these two old-timers not even buzziness seems to be a common denominator.

        *Little Uncle does deserve to be in any top ** list, IMHO.

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