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(Eater)   Anthony Bourdain goes on O&A show, dubs Guy Fieri's Times Square restaurant a terror-dome. "All of these poor bastards see him eating cheap food on TV, they go in there and it's what $18? For a farking hamburger? The french fries are like $12?"   (eater.com) divider line 161
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2012-09-29 06:03:30 PM
Its rock n' roll!  Want a burger.... throw some Jack in it!
 
I love Jim Norton.
 
2012-09-29 06:20:39 PM
Those comments are on point money all the way to Flavortown!
 
2012-09-29 06:56:23 PM
Guy Fieri has proven that it is indeed possible to make a good living as a professional douchenozzle.
 
2012-09-29 07:08:08 PM
I feel my grip on culture is slip sliding away. When did that happen?
 
2012-09-29 07:09:05 PM
I love AB, the guy pulls no punches with these celeb "chefs"... which Guy Fieri is not. Dude never went to culinary school, he's just a business owner who happens to know how to cook a few things.
 
2012-09-29 07:16:33 PM
America, f--k yeah.

2words1finger: I love AB, the guy pulls no punches with these celeb "chefs"... which Guy Fieri is not. Dude never went to culinary school, he's just a business owner who happens to know how to cook a few things.


True, true.

That said, my aunt was on Fieri's DDD show. Good for publicity, so I know the owner was cool with it, but IIRC in the whole "how do you make this" section she (the owner) looks like she's going to stab or biatch slap Fieri the entire time. Which... was kinda awesome.

But that said, Bourdain, nothing you're gonna say is gonna change the fact that tourists will flock to the place. So... give it up for your blood pressure if nothing else. You can't save everyone.
 
2012-09-29 07:16:44 PM

2words1finger: I love AB, the guy pulls no punches with these celeb "chefs"... which Guy Fieri is not. Dude never went to culinary school, he's just a business owner who happens to know how to cook a few things.


And style his hair.
 
2012-09-29 07:19:58 PM

StreetlightInTheGhetto: America, f--k yeah.

2words1finger: I love AB, the guy pulls no punches with these celeb "chefs"... which Guy Fieri is not. Dude never went to culinary school, he's just a business owner who happens to know how to cook a few things.

True, true.

That said, my aunt was on Fieri's DDD show. Good for publicity, so I know the owner was cool with it, but IIRC in the whole "how do you make this" section she (the owner) looks like she's going to stab or biatch slap Fieri the entire time. Which... was kinda awesome.

But that said, Bourdain, nothing you're gonna say is gonna change the fact that tourists will flock to the place. So... give it up for your blood pressure if nothing else. You can't save everyone.


The fact that ESPN Zone is still in business is solid evidence of this. Decent enough food, but my god, the prices.
 
2012-09-29 07:21:06 PM
The only time I ever see Guy Fieri is at the gym, of all places. Someone will be on the treadmill watching him make duck lips after stuffing pulled pork in his maw, Oakleys hanging off the back of his head for that extra douchey look. How does THAT motivate you to burn calories?
 
2012-09-29 07:21:28 PM

2words1finger: I love AB, the guy pulls no punches with these celeb "chefs"... which Guy Fieri is not. Dude never went to culinary school, he's just a business owner who happens to know how to cook a few things.


I worked security at one of his live demos. He didnt really cook anything. He just told stories, acted like he was drinking alcohol, and would shake the skillets over the burners from time to time. His lackeys did all the real work. He seemed like a nice guy, but he had a terrible cold and wasn't really at intensity level 10 like usual, so that ,may have had something to do with it.
 
2012-09-29 07:30:30 PM
went to two of his D,D&D places here in Seattle - both overpriced and meh. the third went belly up last year.

Mike's Chili Parlor < can of Stagg Red Hot
 
2012-09-29 07:34:42 PM
How did it take me this long to realize that AB could be Anthony Bourdain or Alton Brown?
 
2012-09-29 07:34:52 PM

Arachnophobe: The fact that ESPN Zone is still in business is solid evidence of this.


Actually that went belly up a few years ago when the rest of the economy was tanking.
 
2012-09-29 07:36:48 PM

StreetlightInTheGhetto: But that said, Bourdain, nothing you're gonna say is gonna change the fact that tourists will flock to the place. So... give it up for your blood pressure if nothing else. You can't save everyone.


I always get a kick out of the Olive Garden/Red Lobster commercials because they always have a disclaimer that says that the deals they advertise on TV are not valid in Hawaii and Times Square.

So you know they're ripping people off for the same food they can get back home.
 
2012-09-29 07:37:14 PM

2words1finger: I love AB, the guy pulls no punches with these celeb "chefs"


Ummm, isn't Bourdain exactly that?
 
2012-09-29 07:38:36 PM
Everything about that story screams douche.

Bourdain- douche.
Fieri- douche.
Opie and Anthony- douches.
Anyone who likes any of these people- douche.
 
2012-09-29 07:39:31 PM

Hebalo: 2words1finger: I love AB, the guy pulls no punches with these celeb "chefs"

Ummm, isn't Bourdain exactly that?


Well, *I*'ve never seen him even just boil water. He's a great writer and fun commentator. Chef? Dunno.
 
2012-09-29 07:41:24 PM

Buttle not Tuttle: The only time I ever see Guy Fieri is at the gym, of all places. Someone will be on the treadmill watching him make duck lips after stuffing pulled pork in his maw, Oakleys hanging off the back of his head for that extra douchey look. How does THAT motivate you to burn calories?


Rage is a powerful motivator.
 
2012-09-29 07:41:45 PM

Buttle not Tuttle: The only time I ever see Guy Fieri is at the gym, of all places. Someone will be on the treadmill watching him make duck lips after stuffing pulled pork in his maw, Oakleys hanging off the back of his head for that extra douchey look. How does THAT motivate you to burn calories?


Are you kidding? Negative reinforcement, a la "If I don't work out, I'll end up looking like THAT".
 
2012-09-29 07:41:53 PM

Mrtraveler01: Arachnophobe: The fact that ESPN Zone is still in business is solid evidence of this.

Actually that went belly up a few years ago when the rest of the economy was tanking.


Not True, still one going strong in Vegas.

2words1finger: I love AB, the guy pulls no punches with these celeb "chefs"... which Guy Fieri is not. Dude never went to culinary school, he's just a business owner who happens to know how to cook a few things.


Again, not true. He went to the cooking school at UNLV, a place he actual visits during one of the shows.

Bourdian's hate for Food Network personalities is starting to come off as jealousy, not genuine critic of their food. I was with him completely about Paula Deen, but this one seems forced so he can try and stay relevant since Travel Channel canceled both of his shows.
 
2012-09-29 07:41:54 PM

Quantum Apostrophe: Well, *I*'ve never seen him even just boil water. He's a great writer and fun commentator. Chef? Dunno.


Bourdain's the first to admit he's not half the chef the real big guns are. He knows he spent his life in middling-to-awful turn-and-burn joints. He knows he's around on the strength of his writing.
 
2012-09-29 07:42:08 PM
Aren't these usual new york tourist zone prices anyways?

2words1finger: I love AB, the guy pulls no punches with these celeb "chefs"... which Guy Fieri is not. Dude never went to culinary school, he's just a business owner who happens to know how to cook a few things.


a great deal of the best cooks I know never went to culinary school either. of course, it must be mentioned that the old joke about the difference between a chef and a cook is that a chef doesn't wash his own dishes.

with all that said, I don't mind his travel shows, could never get behind his cooking shows, and Mr. California bro there, in one of his cook books DARED to insult my beloved Chesapeake Blue crab, stating that the cold water west coast Spider like crabs were Superior in every way.

now, I do enjoy me some spider, king and dungenous, to out right say that those crabs were Superior to the Chesapeake blue, was just disingenuous and arrogant.

I know, it's a silly thing to get worked up about, when those reverse skull sunglasses are just begging to be slapped off his noggin.

otherwise? I actually don't have an issue with the guy.. he's a "personality" being a cooking douche is his job.
 
2012-09-29 07:43:09 PM

Bigedmond: Bourdian's hate for Food Network personalities is starting to come off as jealousy, not genuine critic of their food. I was with him completely about Paula Deen, but this one seems forced so he can try and stay relevant since Travel Channel canceled both of his shows.


He's off the Travel Channel because CNN snapped him up to do essentially No Reservations: CNN Edition.
 
2012-09-29 07:45:34 PM
and when I said "the guy" I didn't meen to use his name as a tittle. just a descriptor.
 
2012-09-29 07:46:34 PM
Bourdian's hate for Food Network personalities is starting to come off as jealousy, not genuine critic of their food. I was with him completely about Paula Deen, but this one seems forced so he can try and stay relevant since Travel Channel canceled both of his shows.

He flip flopped on Emeril. Did Emeril have an insufferable shtick? God yes. Is he an exemplary chef? God yes. Hating a man in your field based on his persona and not his food is a douchetastic thing to do, especially when Bourdain's persona is some kind of faux tough guy douche who wears leather in hundred degree heat just to look "bad ass."
 
2012-09-29 07:50:08 PM
My buddy and I have a standing agreement that should one of us ever run into Fieri on the street, we are to administer a complete ass kicking and the other will be good for bail money and a ride home from jail.
 
2012-09-29 07:52:03 PM

Mrtraveler01: Arachnophobe: The fact that ESPN Zone is still in business is solid evidence of this.

Actually that went belly up a few years ago when the rest of the economy was tanking.


Huh. I could have sworn I saw it when I was downtown a couple weeks back. But you're right, the website only lists Anaheim and Los Angeles, no sign of the Times Square one. And it's been two years since it closed, apparently. Shows how much attention I pay to Times Square when I'm down there.
 
2012-09-29 07:56:09 PM

drewogatory: My buddy and I have a standing agreement that should one of us ever run into Fieri on the street, we are to administer a complete ass kicking and the other will be good for bail money and a ride home from jail.


So you and your "buddy" have conversations about beating up chefs? NTTIAWWT
 
2012-09-29 07:56:36 PM

hulk hogan meat shoes: Bourdian's hate for Food Network personalities is starting to come off as jealousy, not genuine critic of their food. I was with him completely about Paula Deen, but this one seems forced so he can try and stay relevant since Travel Channel canceled both of his shows.

He flip flopped on Emeril. Did Emeril have an insufferable shtick? God yes. Is he an exemplary chef? God yes. Hating a man in your field based on his persona and not his food is a douchetastic thing to do, especially when Bourdain's persona is some kind of faux tough guy douche who wears leather in hundred degree heat just to look "bad ass."


A few years back, my buddy was working a charity event the Emeril was also working at. His (my friend) boss told Emeril he wasn't shiat right to his face. Its kitchen culture. Tony will biatch about someone and others will biatch about Tony. Its very much like sports in that aspect.
 
2012-09-29 08:00:39 PM
I met Guy at 5 am at the Oakland Airport as he (and the production crew) was leaving to film. I said hello, and he was very nice and introduced me to the producer and a few of the other crew members.

I have eaten at both of his concepts, and enjoyed the food. Tex Wasabi's was more bar food, but it was really good bar food. At Johnny Garlics, the Buffalo Meat Loaf was really good.

There were little things I didn't like, but overall I would go back to eat there again.

If you haven't tried his food, you should. Have an informed opinion.

BTW, rent is expensive in NYC, so most every restaurant is expensive.
 
2012-09-29 08:01:07 PM

Onkel Buck: drewogatory: My buddy and I have a standing agreement that should one of us ever run into Fieri on the street, we are to administer a complete ass kicking and the other will be good for bail money and a ride home from jail.

So you and your "buddy" have conversations about beating up chefs? NTTIAWWT


Well, just Fieri so far. We had alot of time to sit and drink and watch daytime TV at the dead-during-the-day bar where we worked. I'm sure we had other plans for random assault and mayhem, although i can't recall exactly what they were now, except one involved Burning Man and tactical nuclear weapons.
 
2012-09-29 08:04:34 PM

hulk hogan meat shoes: Bourdian's hate for Food Network personalities is starting to come off as jealousy, not genuine critic of their food. I was with him completely about Paula Deen, but this one seems forced so he can try and stay relevant since Travel Channel canceled both of his shows.

He flip flopped on Emeril. Did Emeril have an insufferable shtick? God yes. Is he an exemplary chef? God yes. Hating a man in your field based on his persona and not his food is a douchetastic thing to do, especially when Bourdain's persona is some kind of faux tough guy douche who wears leather in hundred degree heat just to look "bad ass."


See, I don't really mind Emeril that much... yeah, dudes schtick, but, to me, he's like the last of the old school TV cooks. the kind of TV cook that was in place before the Personality people took over.
 
2012-09-29 08:05:28 PM

Arachnophobe: StreetlightInTheGhetto: America, f--k yeah.

2words1finger: I love AB, the guy pulls no punches with these celeb "chefs"... which Guy Fieri is not. Dude never went to culinary school, he's just a business owner who happens to know how to cook a few things.

True, true.

That said, my aunt was on Fieri's DDD show. Good for publicity, so I know the owner was cool with it, but IIRC in the whole "how do you make this" section she (the owner) looks like she's going to stab or biatch slap Fieri the entire time. Which... was kinda awesome.

But that said, Bourdain, nothing you're gonna say is gonna change the fact that tourists will flock to the place. So... give it up for your blood pressure if nothing else. You can't save everyone.

The fact that ESPN Zone is still in business is solid evidence of this. Decent enough food, but my god, the prices.


The one in DC shut down. My management used to take people there as celebrations or last meals. I think management hated us.
 
2012-09-29 08:06:52 PM

revrendjim: Guy Fieri has proven that it is indeed possible to make a good living as a professional douchenozzle.


We didn't need him to prove that. We already had Opie & Anthony...
 
2012-09-29 08:08:41 PM

Cerebral Knievel: hulk hogan meat shoes: Bourdian's hate for Food Network personalities is starting to come off as jealousy, not genuine critic of their food. I was with him completely about Paula Deen, but this one seems forced so he can try and stay relevant since Travel Channel canceled both of his shows.

He flip flopped on Emeril. Did Emeril have an insufferable shtick? God yes. Is he an exemplary chef? God yes. Hating a man in your field based on his persona and not his food is a douchetastic thing to do, especially when Bourdain's persona is some kind of faux tough guy douche who wears leather in hundred degree heat just to look "bad ass."

See, I don't really mind Emeril that much... yeah, dudes schtick, but, to me, he's like the last of the old school TV cooks. the kind of TV cook that was in place before the Personality people took over.


PBS still has guys like that. Yan, Bayless, and Ming Tsai are all good chefs and good hosts without being idiots.
 
2012-09-29 08:09:04 PM
I'm pretty smart but I cannot comprehend subby's headline.
 
2012-09-29 08:10:30 PM

drewogatory: Onkel Buck: drewogatory: My buddy and I have a standing agreement that should one of us ever run into Fieri on the street, we are to administer a complete ass kicking and the other will be good for bail money and a ride home from jail.

So you and your "buddy" have conversations about beating up chefs? NTTIAWWT

Well, just Fieri so far. We had alot of time to sit and drink and watch daytime TV at the dead-during-the-day bar where we worked. I'm sure we had other plans for random assault and mayhem, although i can't recall exactly what they were now, except one involved Burning Man and tactical nuclear weapons.


You're a good egg Drewnan
 
2012-09-29 08:14:06 PM

hulk hogan meat shoes: Cerebral Knievel: hulk hogan meat shoes: Bourdian's hate for Food Network personalities is starting to come off as jealousy, not genuine critic of their food. I was with him completely about Paula Deen, but this one seems forced so he can try and stay relevant since Travel Channel canceled both of his shows.

He flip flopped on Emeril. Did Emeril have an insufferable shtick? God yes. Is he an exemplary chef? God yes. Hating a man in your field based on his persona and not his food is a douchetastic thing to do, especially when Bourdain's persona is some kind of faux tough guy douche who wears leather in hundred degree heat just to look "bad ass."

See, I don't really mind Emeril that much... yeah, dudes schtick, but, to me, he's like the last of the old school TV cooks. the kind of TV cook that was in place before the Personality people took over.

PBS still has guys like that. Yan, Bayless, and Ming Tsai are all good chefs and good hosts without being idiots.


His schtick are his aprons, but he can back it up. Loved watching his show.
 
2012-09-29 08:14:40 PM
I miss James Barber.
 
2012-09-29 08:15:05 PM
Bourdain has described about 90% of the GASTROPUBS that have opened up in Philly in the last five years. The formula seems to saddle a drink gimmick-of-the-minute list (100 BEERS ON TAP! WHISKEY LIKE MOST PEOPLE CAN TELL THE DIFFERENCE! PROHIBITION-ERA COCKTAIL MENU!) with an "Americana" menu and unleash it on suckers willing to pay for tater tots and marginally higher-quality-than-a-fast-food-joint burgers that are LOCALLY SOURCED.
 
2012-09-29 08:15:59 PM

Infobahn: I met Guy at 5 am at the Oakland Airport as he (and the production crew) was leaving to film. I said hello, and he was very nice and introduced me to the producer and a few of the other crew members.

I have eaten at both of his concepts, and enjoyed the food. Tex Wasabi's was more bar food, but it was really good bar food. At Johnny Garlics, the Buffalo Meat Loaf was really good.

There were little things I didn't like, but overall I would go back to eat there again.

If you haven't tried his food, you should. Have an informed opinion.

BTW, rent is expensive in NYC, so most every restaurant is expensive.


Buffalo meatloaf sounds tasty. I wish it wasn't as expensive as it is. @$20/lb around here. Granted, I could track it to the source and prob. get it cheaper.
 
2012-09-29 08:17:08 PM

SockMonkeyHolocaust: Bourdain has described about 90% of the GASTROPUBS that have opened up in Philly in the last five years. The formula seems to saddle a drink gimmick-of-the-minute list (100 BEERS ON TAP! WHISKEY LIKE MOST PEOPLE CAN TELL THE DIFFERENCE! PROHIBITION-ERA COCKTAIL MENU!) with an "Americana" menu and unleash it on suckers willing to pay for tater tots and marginally higher-quality-than-a-fast-food-joint burgers that are LOCALLY SOURCED.


I worked at a place like that. 36 taps and half of them were undrinkable, high (some over 100) IBU IPAs because the bar manager was a trend whore. Food was good; the chef had a hard on for pickling though.
 
2012-09-29 08:25:06 PM

SockMonkeyHolocaust: Bourdain has described about 90% of the GASTROPUBS that have opened up in Philly in the last five years. The formula seems to saddle a drink gimmick-of-the-minute list (100 BEERS ON TAP! WHISKEY LIKE MOST PEOPLE CAN TELL THE DIFFERENCE! PROHIBITION-ERA COCKTAIL MENU!) with an "Americana" menu and unleash it on suckers willing to pay for tater tots and marginally higher-quality-than-a-fast-food-joint burgers that are LOCALLY SOURCED.


Depression era cocktails are actually really good, but then, I'm a fan of gin and bitters. Also, if you can't tell the difference between Maker's Mark and Woodford Reserve you're probably functionally retarded.
 
2012-09-29 08:26:41 PM
Jimmy's a sweet boy.

Jim Norton imitates Guy Fieri
 
2012-09-29 08:31:43 PM
Serves you right if you're going all the way to NYC and wind up eating in Times Square.

The burgers at Old Town Bar are decent enough, and you get to pee in 100-year-old urinals.
 
2012-09-29 08:34:28 PM

Mrtraveler01: StreetlightInTheGhetto: But that said, Bourdain, nothing you're gonna say is gonna change the fact that tourists will flock to the place. So... give it up for your blood pressure if nothing else. You can't save everyone.

I always get a kick out of the Olive Garden/Red Lobster commercials because they always have a disclaimer that says that the deals they advertise on TV are not valid in Hawaii and Times Square.

So you know they're ripping people off for the same food they can get back home.


Times Square is like the Whistler of Canada.
 
2012-09-29 08:50:05 PM
If you go to NYC and go to a chain restaurant, you're an idiot. You've got amazing food from street carts to ultradeluxe restaurants that you won't see in your home town. Free your gullet from TV chefs!
 
2012-09-29 08:59:23 PM
I went to Guy's Johnny Garlic a few nights ago for the very first time. The burger wasn't bad, but I would have preferred to go to Five Guys and spend less than half the amount for a far superior burger.
 
2012-09-29 09:01:45 PM
 
2012-09-29 09:02:04 PM

hulk hogan meat shoes: Cerebral Knievel: hulk hogan meat shoes: Bourdian's hate for Food Network personalities is starting to come off as jealousy, not genuine critic of their food. I was with him completely about Paula Deen, but this one seems forced so he can try and stay relevant since Travel Channel canceled both of his shows.

He flip flopped on Emeril. Did Emeril have an insufferable shtick? God yes. Is he an exemplary chef? God yes. Hating a man in your field based on his persona and not his food is a douchetastic thing to do, especially when Bourdain's persona is some kind of faux tough guy douche who wears leather in hundred degree heat just to look "bad ass."

See, I don't really mind Emeril that much... yeah, dudes schtick, but, to me, he's like the last of the old school TV cooks. the kind of TV cook that was in place before the Personality people took over.

PBS still has guys like that. Yan, Bayless, and Ming Tsai are all good chefs and good hosts without being idiots.


Jacques Pepin taught me to love peeled broccoli stalks and how to bone a chicken in two minutes--without dinner or a movie.
 
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