Phil Vettel


Titanic Menu up for Auction; Restaurant Critic Reveals His Identity; What Food Woolf Eats to Fuel Up; Charlie Trotter’s Thoughtful Future; Sommeliers as Stars

Dining and food news… * Steak your claim. Ladies, if you’re in the UK on February 29th, pop the question with a steak. Literally. [NewsLite] * Iceberg lettuce, right ahead. A menu from the ill-fated Titanic is up for auction. [ThisIsWiltshire.co.uk] * When cigarettes were on the menu. Did the notice read, “The consumption of cigarettes may [...]

Well-Reviewed: Barbacco in San Francisco; Bistrot Bruno Loubet in the UK; Madhatter in DC; The Wright at the Guggenheim, and More

The latest of the greatest restaurant reviews… * Michael Bauer reviews Barbacco, sibling restaurant to successful Perbacco, happily awarding it three stars. [San Francisco Chronicle] * Miami’s Barolo Ristorante has reinvented itself, earning a couple of stars from Victoria Pesce Elliot. [Miami Herald] * Bistrot Bruno Loubet in London is serving up deep-fried pig, and [...]

State Your Complaint: Restaurant Critics; Restaurant Designs; Restaurant Menus; Restaurant Websites, and Being Treated Like a Regular (Huh?)

* Will a Twitter campaign take out your least favorite critic? Doubtful, but one tweeter is trying, taking aim at Los Angeles Times restaurant critic S. Irene Virbila. [Grub Street Los Angeles] * Phil Vettel stews over restaurant design flaws. I would concur with the oversized menus being a problem. I never know what to [...]

Well-Reviewed: Bouchon Earns a Rave; Danny Meyer’s Maialino Can’t Miss; and More.

Recent reviews around the nation… * Critic Tom Sietsema heads to the Hill for a meal at Bistro Cacao. [The Washington Post] * S. Irene Virbila welcomes Thomas Keller’s Bouchon with open arms and three shiny stars. [Los Angeles Times] * Minneapolis’s answer to Jean-Georges scores another hit with D’Amico Kitchen, according to Rick Nelson. [...]