Of Turp's, Diablita Cantina and other restaurant things
I was bad this week about linking to stories in the print edition. There were just too many other things to talk about. I only just got around to reading Other Reviewer Richard's review of Turp's in Mount Vernon, mainly because it isn't a place I'm going to be eating anytime soon.
That was a mistake on my part. I really loved this paragraph in his review:
When you walk by it, Turp's looks busy all the time; Neo Viccino always looked like an Edward Hopper painting. This turn of events is an illustration of something, surely - of giving people what they want, of the struggling economy. The take-away lesson for me is that, next to location, timing can be the most important ingredient in a restaurant's success.
Timing could be a whole other discussion because it's rare that a restaurant reinvents itself so successfully. ...
Plus, did you notice to the left of the review online there's something called "Topics"? I love that list.
In other news, I got an e-mail from someone complaining that McCormick & Schmick wasn't on my Top 10 Seafood Restaurants, which appeared in print Wednesday with some of your comments. I told him that while I wasn't averse to putting chains on the list, the last time I had eaten at M & S, I hadn't had a very good meal. (I gave it a pretty good review when it opened.)
I urged him to comment under the blog post, but I think print readers aren't interested in blogging or bloggers -- even though they'll take the time to send me a letter or e-mail.
In my Table Talk column this week I expanded on several blog posts, including a mini-review of King's Grilled Kabobs in Hampden, but the only new material (well worth a look) is the Deal of the Week, actually Deals of the Week this week.
I was interested in the fact that the restaurant featured, Pazza Luna, is "burning old stock" and selling bottles of wine that presumably are worth much more for $20. I would love for someone who has seen the list and can comment knowledgeably on it to tell us more.