A very slim week. There are a lot of Year in Reviews in Review posts out there; I'll let you find those if you want 'em. We'll stick with the regular old review-reviews here. The 2015 review calendar seems about ready to start up but is, for the time being, gathering steam. Happy New Year, it's Flyover Friday.
One of my favorite writers of 2014, Ferruzza kicks off the 2015 Flyover Friday calendar with a comfortable, pleasant review of a neighborhood spot that sounds pretty dang tasty.
Beutner's review strikes a similar chord to Ferruzza's, but with a little more sass (amazingly). I'm not sure how deep-fried pickles aren't trendy to Beutner, or what kind of French onion soup doesn't come with gooey cheese, but then, this review is just kind of lacking in structure. Short, with an abrupt end.
It's as much my fault as any, really. I keep threatening to electroshock Lindsay into the world of beer, and a well-meaning but meaningless line like "craft options from lager to stout" could be so easily remedied by about 90 minutes of sipping out of tasting glasses. A minor mar in a glowing and otherwise well-crafted review.
Slaughter does a lot of explanation, but if I had to guess, I'd say her orders at Rincon Tropical were a little slight. Too much of this review feels like "I should mention more dishes than the ones I had, but cleverly not indicate whether I think they're good or not, because it'd be too short without."
Another Hofbrauhaus review. A lot more positive than the other two, or at least affirming, but the sentiment that kicks off the third graf seems pretty sage. Trattner's whole attitude re: Hofbrauhaus, actually, is very well-moderated.
A menu with this kind of breadth and dedication doesn't feel like that of a neighborhood joint, but if it was in my hood, I'd probably be there all the damn time.
Sure, I guess everyone needs a cleanse of one degree or another. There isn't much that really lights me up about this restaurant; seems like Benton's in the same boat.
Well, if this place isn't a dead ringer for a Guy Fieri operation. Are we in the market for a 90's-era ironic nostalgia trip? If Migra's buying, the answer's yes. I mean, we are living in the Year of Friends on Netflix Instant, so get ready.
Late Friday web publication. Seems like Sula is gunning for a spot in the 2015-in-review negative review post at Eater. But it does sound like Fahlstrom's deserves it.