The best site for restaurant reviews is http://www.saltshaker.net/restaurant-reviews
I have to disagree. Dan doesnt get out that much anymore. He is busy, running his own puerta cerrada.
You make some good points, but I would suggest that Dan gets out to quite a few places for lunch. Also, I find the writing at Pickupthefork to be juvenile gee-whiz stuff - she simply doesn't seem to know much about food.I have to disagree. Dan doesnt get out that much anymore. He is busy, running his own puerta cerrada.
Many of his reviews are out of date, many places that have closed, and so on.
This is not to put him down- but he is actually cooking, and serving, five nights a week. This just doesnt leave him the time to constantly eat at every new place in town, for lunch and dinner.
Aly is out, virtually every night. In fact, I saw her tonight, eating at Gran Dabang.
She is young, energetic, and her job is checking out restaurants.
Plus, I have to say, after eating here since 2007, I tend to agree with her take on individual restaurants more than Dans. I have eaten in a bunch of places, over the years, that Dan visited once, ordered two things, and panned. But repeated visits, and more range of choices, had proven him to be, well, not "wrong", but of a different opinion than mine.
All critics have their own biases. When you spend time reading a critic, then trying for yourself, you learn how their tastes align with your own.
For instance, I have been reading Richard Christgau's rock music reviews since 1969. I have a good idea when I might agree with him, and when I think he is full of BS- I never saw the light about Dolly Parton, for example, but I trust him implicitly about African music.
Same thing with Dan- I know where our tastes agree, and where they differ, as I have been reading his reviews since 2007.
Aly, at Pick up the fork, is somebody I trust- I read her reviews, and then I go and eat at the restaurant, and, for me, anyway, she is much more right on than Dan is.
But, I would agree, you should read both, if you are seriously interested in food in BsAs.
The writing probably isn't apt for pensionable residents of Oakland, but it get's the message across quite well for those of us that live here.You make some good points, but I would suggest that Dan gets out to quite a few places for lunch. Also, I find the writing at Pickupthefork to be juvenile gee-whiz stuff - she simply doesn't seem to know much about food.