Is it a gastropub? Or a bistro bar? Or...
We've talked about gastropubs at length before, and the consensus seems to be good idea, terrible name.
But a couple of things came up just now that made me want to bring up gastropubs again.
First, scottbbfm and Lissa introduced the concept of fine-dining bars, or rather I introduced it, scottbbfm pointed it out and Lissa gave it a name I love. ...
Now I'm obsessed with having a Top 10 list of fine-dining bars. Nominations for the list accepted below.
Then this excellent story appeared in the Denver Post. Although there are only two gastropubs in Denver, so we know that the writer has no right to call it a local trend until he comes up with one more, I like the discussion of the word itself.
"The first half is Greek and the other half Latin, but never mind that," [a language expert] says. "The gastro part evokes acid and drastic and the Astros, and gastropod, more than it does gastronomy. A gastropod is a snail or a slug or a limpet — an animal whose one leg, pod, extends more or less from its stomach, gastro. Then there's ghastly. Not to mention gas."
Amazingly, some people actually defend the word in the story. Don't you prefer the term "fine-dining bars"? Or at least "bistro bars"?
It seems to me there's no advantage to calling your bistro bar a gastropub unless you really want to convey some sort of Britishness. And I can't think of a bar in Baltimore that wants to do that.
(Kim Hairston/Sun photographer)