Now that I've written over 2,800 blog entries, you would think there are no new topics. But every time I think that, someone proves me wrong.
Federal Hill Jim recently sent me an e-mail raising an interesting question I wish I'd thought of before. It's certainly something I've wondered about. Here's what he said: ...
Comments by Gorelick and one of your posters about Harbor Que -- together with my own experiences there -- raise an interesting but perhaps unanswerable question. We all noted a quality difference on multiple visits. That is not a unique experience.
I remember decades ago, when Szechwan was one of the best Chinese restaurants in town, having a terrible meal there on a Sunday evening. And last year when we went to Antrim for a long weekend to celebrate Chris' 60th birthday we were disappointed in the food because, we discovered belatedly, Michael Gettier was on vacation.
I realize at some restaurants the named chef is not the principal cook...and at others a talented sous chef can maintain the boss' standards (the old Abacrombie). But how often are people let down by dining unaware that the second team is at the stove? Might be worth an interesting discussion while you're next on vacation.
(Algerina Perna/Sun photographer)