Restaurant Websites Unappetizing to Diners – But Burgers Are; A Day in the Life of Critic Michael Bauer; Chopsticks Aren’t Musical Instruments; Veggies Best Bacon

Tom Colicchio was initially asked to play the chef of Smurf Village, but he was too busy with Top Chef Season 9.

* Restaurant websites get roasted. And, OpenTable’s own Scott Jampol weighs in, to boot. [Slate]

* Being Michael Bauer. The revered restaurant critic pays a price for his chosen profession, from friendship to frequent exercise. [Christian Science Monitor]

* Let’s get small. All the cool restaurants are doing it! [WSJ]

* Wagging a finger at those who linger. If there’s a line at a restaurant, stop squatting. [Chicago Tribune]

* Drumroll? Please. Don’t. Chopsticks are chopsticks and drumsticks are drumsticks. Thank you. [Inside Scoop SF]

* Get the burger. I can’t ’cause I’m not eating carbs. Boo. But, if you are, drool over this breakdown of some of the nation’s best burgers. [NRN]

* More on burgers. If you love ’em, you’re not alone. [TODAY]

* The great tipping debate continues. Pondering Jonathan Gold’s recent 20% recommendation. [Mother Jones]

* Chef Tom Colicchio (Craft) is everywhere these days. Including the Smurfs movie. [Eater]

* Would you like to see a menu? How about hundreds of them? Art of the Menu is for you. [Eater]

* This is business, not personal. Dining with a professional contact calls for different protocol. [Vancouver Sun]

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