So I Have Some Questions...
The list is here. You all know how I love this day. And, as usual, I agree with about 80% of the selections.
I broke out the highlighter. In our house, the rules are that unless we've BOTH been there, the restaurant does not get highlighted. So this left us with 19 restaurants on the list that we have not been to yet. We are going to one of them tonight. There is also one that I've gone to, but Jon has not. Considering my lack of enthusiasm for the place, it's going to be a difficult one to check off.
I was thrilled to see that Range, which just delighted my palate a week ago, made our beloved list. And that Va de Vi, my culinary savior when I'm doing a show in the Creek has made a return appearance.
But, how on earth do you give the amazing Dining Room at the Ritz Carlton (which I ate at but have not reviewed due to time constraints -- it's certainly not due to lack of enthusiasm) four stars and then not include it on this list?
And riddle me this: why is there not one sushi restaurant on the entire fucking list? (Oh crap...here's an update. A reader alerted me to Sushi Ran -- which I don't count because, well, it's in Sausalito. But I also remembered Ozumo is on the list. Still, though, they are both so geared toward the rich and brainless that I have to take issue. I mean, where is Kiss on that list?).
Or what the hell is wrong with you that you include Tres Agaves but not Mamacita? They both opened around the same time and they're both "sit-down" Mexican. Mamacita is by far the superior restaurant. It seems Mamacita got reviewed too late for the list. Lame. (This is an update, thanks to Sam...I had thought they didn't review Mamacita at all).
Some of the repeats have got to be due to laziness. Because I ate at Downtown this year and it's nothing to write home about. The service downright sucked balls.
And, honestly, it's time to get over La Taqueria because there are about 5,000 other Mission taquerias that can kick it's no-rice-pinto-beans-only ass.
Don't even get me started on the repeat inclusion of Michael Mina and Fleur de Lys. Unless you want to be washing blood off the walls. If I've said it once I've said it again: In the case of these two restaurants, the emperor is just plain nekkid.
And while Medicine Eatstation is innovative, I certainly cannot understand it being on this list considering it's aversion to all things "stimulating."
That's it. I'm doing my own list this year. I'll be putting it together in all that free time I've got.
The Whore has spoken.
"To eat is a necessity. To eat intelligently is an art."