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December 28, 2010

Top 10 Tuesday -- the most commented-upon Dining@Large posts of 2010

gino'sHere are the most commented-upon Dining@Large posts of 2010. There are probably better metrics (e.g., page views) for determining the popularity of a post. But something about these 10 posts obviously hit a nerve. If only there was a way to know which post will hit big, we'd do it every time.

The list in a sec, but first, there's something I've been meaning to say for a long time now.

I truly think Bristol Palin's weight problem is gluten related, and in fact I'll buy you a cup of coffee if I'm wrong. But not one that costs $13 -- what would that be in euros!?!?

Anyway, I guess someone's mother is too busy flapping her gums to study up on killer wheat.

Here, then, in reverse order, with the number of comments in parentheses, Hon.

The $13 Cup of Joe Reviewed (83)

In April, a guest review about Spro in Hampden got some readers boiling 

Top ten foods most likely to be banned under Obamacare (84)

In late March, some good old-fashioned vitriol and invective resulted from this satirical guest Top 10 list. I really should have posted about Sarah Palin's comments about Michelle Obama's obesity campaign.

Feeding the Blogger (85)

A painful mid-May episode on Dining@Large. The topic will be worth revisiting someday but this got very personal. 

Gino's burgers are making a comeback (90)

Way back on January 2, this post about the return of an icon elicited a flood of misty-eyed posts

Contest # 1: One-word restaurant rebranding (95)

Pure fun from early October. I ran out of steam with the contests. I plan to revive them in 2011. Send some good ideas my way.

The article about Cafe Hon (114)

A December post, but I don't remember it. What was this?

Luca's café closes (136)

Some excruciating mis-understandings helped to fuel the reaction to this post from April. Politics came into it, too, but from a distance, the whole thing reads as humor.

Little Italy old-timers vs. hipster Milan (158)

Now that's a GREAT blog-post title! And how about this for a great first line: "It's neighbor against neighbor in Little Italy -- again."

Exciting News! (163)

Elizabeth Large announces her retirement.

In Defense of Gluten (175)

Who knew?

* Materials & Methods: There is no option on the blog publisher I use that shows clearly a list of posts and the number of comments attached to them. So I may have missed something. Also, some posts were afflicted with more "double posts" then others.
Posted by Richard Gorelick at 5:19 AM | | Comments (2)
Categories: Top Ten Tuesdays


G'lord - I'd forgotten about some of this stuff.

I'd forgotten what good times 2010 was all about. KISS zombie army takeovers. Obamacare's takeover of local dining. Civet poop.

My predictions/resolutions for 2011:

1) A kitschy Mongolian grill will open up in Hampden under the name "Hun". Lawsuits ensue.

2) People will still hate Golden West.

3) I will get around to buying those amazing deals on UGG boots.

4) I will refrain from using the words "shill", "douchebag", and "Quasimodo" in future postings. PR people are human beings, no matter how inept.

5) Elizabeth Large will post again on the third day.

Little Italy old-timers vs. hipster Milan (158)

The best example of a headline writer having no understanding of the people he/she is writing about or the meaning of the word hipster. This is why newspapers are irrelevant.

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Richard Gorelick was appointed The Baltimore Sun's restaurant critic in September 2010. Before joining the paper staff fulltime, he contributed freelance criticism and features articles about food to area and regional publications. Along the way, he dispatched for short-distance trucking companies, shilled for cultural non-profits, and assisted in cognitive neurology research – never the subject, always the control.

He takes restaurants seriously but not himself, and his favorite restaurant is the one you love, too.

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