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(The Consumerist)   Guy Fieri's Times Square restaurant is actually quite popular   (consumerist.com) divider line 66
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2012-12-11 06:35:21 PM
farcanal.biz
 
2012-12-11 06:44:36 PM
We also had a passable cheeseburger coated in something called Donkey Sauce and an order of ribs.

I would never order anything that comes coated in "Donkey Sauce"
 
2012-12-11 08:14:14 PM
I tried Donkey Sauce in Tijuana.

I don't recommend it.
 
2012-12-11 08:25:26 PM
How can a flashy new celebrity chef-connected restaurant survive an overwhelmingly negative review?

Because the tourists who are likely to go there don't read the New York Times?
 
2012-12-11 08:28:37 PM

scottydoesntknow: We also had a passable cheeseburger coated in something called Donkey Sauce and an order of ribs.

I would never order anything that comes coated in "Donkey Sauce"


I wonder if Gordon Ramsay named it.
 
2012-12-11 08:38:31 PM

fusillade762: How can a flashy new celebrity chef-connected restaurant survive an overwhelmingly negative review?

Because the tourists who are likely to go there don't read the New York Times?


Remember how the last thread about Fieri's restaurant turned into a game of Questions Only? Could you maybe avoid using question marks? Oh God, is it happening to me again?
 
2012-12-11 08:45:16 PM

fusillade762: How can a flashy new celebrity chef-connected restaurant survive an overwhelmingly negative review?

Because the tourists who are likely to go there don't read the New York Times?


^winning answer. even though it looks like a question?

/BTW WB to the dark side...
 
2012-12-11 09:01:47 PM
Because Americans like shiatty food?
 
2012-12-11 09:02:15 PM
And just the other day there was the thread about all the Donkey Cheese being purchased.

What is it about this animal that says "I produce tasty goodness"?

i.imgur.com
 
2012-12-11 09:07:12 PM
McDonalds is quite popular too. As is Twilight, Justin Bieber, and Fox News.
 
2012-12-11 10:12:44 PM
Because there's a two-hour wait at Red Lobster?
 
2012-12-11 10:24:42 PM
Fieri is actually very popular and one of the main draws of The Food Network.

His Triple D show would be even better if Biden were his sidekick.

Link
 
2012-12-11 10:47:57 PM

jimmyego: What is it about this animal that says "I produce tasty goodness"?


I suspect it tastes like ass.
 
2012-12-11 11:22:20 PM
It's like Fisherman's wharf in San Francisco you can go to Alioto's for a real Italian seafood meal with a great view of the bay or you can go across the street to Joe's crab shack were the tourist go.
 
2012-12-11 11:59:54 PM
Because not everyone is a food snob who would rather eat gourmet pigeon jizz than a chicken tender so long as someone on the internet was impressed?
 
2012-12-12 12:00:18 AM
Its Times Square. You can serve a wooden stick with barbecue sauce and the tourists from Florida would gladly pay 25 bucks for it.
 
2012-12-12 12:02:41 AM
Maybe donkey sauce is a tribute to the way Times Square used to be.

/Times Square peep shows were to real sex as Times square restaurants are to real cuisine.
 
2012-12-12 12:04:17 AM
So is Honey Boo Boo.
 
2012-12-12 12:05:42 AM
Could I just request that everybody stop farking the word "irony" in the ass so hard?

I don't know who the assholes are who decided to start abusing this word, but I hope they have a truck driven up them. Ironically.
 
2012-12-12 12:08:00 AM
Yeah, no worries. I'm glad people like it. There's also Pier 39 in San Francisco, and "Bubba Gumps" is very popular with tourists there. Good on them! (The restaurant *and* the customers) Really. No sarcasm at all. It's a restaurant, not a religious experience!

Look, not every dining experience needs to be Instagram-worthy. Er, I mean Michelin-worthy. You put a restaurant in one of the most pedestrian-trafficked places in one of the busiest and most popular city on the world, you're gonna get some customers, unless you're some complete idiot.

In the words of Ron Swanson: "A burger. On a bun. With nothing." Hey, that might draw crowds too.
 
2012-12-12 12:16:19 AM
Of course it's popular. It's in Times Square, and it has a "celebrity" associated with it. It could serve shiat and still be popular. And I mean that quite literally.
 
2012-12-12 12:20:48 AM
so is mcdonalds
 
2012-12-12 12:26:06 AM
M&M's candy has a popular store in Times Square.

Apparently those sophisticated New Yorkers just love it!
 
2012-12-12 12:39:22 AM

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Because not everyone is a food snob who would rather eat gourmet pigeon jizz than a chicken tender so long as someone on the internet was impressed?


you sound like you never had a chicken tender covered in gourmet pigeon jizz.
 
2012-12-12 12:41:50 AM
I ate at Guy Fieri's Johnny Garlic in San Jose today, and got diarrhea. Dry chicken, hard fries, bland green beans. I don't get the appeal.
 
2012-12-12 01:06:07 AM

scottydoesntknow: I would never order anything that comes coated in "Donkey Sauce"


What if I said we'd put you on Fear Factor? Bet you would then.
 
2012-12-12 01:33:42 AM
So is Arby's. In some regions.
 
2012-12-12 01:46:03 AM
"...the line cooks were a bit disappointed.

images.waronpants.net

the line cooks wound up trashing the kitchen at the end of the night, plowed through a fifth of Stoli and decided that they don't need no biatches farking up their shiat!... and decided to go get hammered at a bar.

/Worked in several different kitchens. Nothing ever goes well when that stuff happens.
 
2012-12-12 02:25:38 AM
Look. I work on Times Square. One of those big media high rises right on it. Down on the street you have street 'performers' wearing unlicensed costumes for SpongeBob and Elmo and all kinds of stupid bullshiat, and half a dozen Naked Cowboys now, all looking for money. I thank my lucky starts we have a cafeteria in the building so I can avoid the mess getting lunch.

Times Square is a bullshiat place. It's strictly for tourists. But hell, I don't mind. It brings tons of money into the city. It's just bullshiat for tourists who have no taste and are too chickenshiat to try out more legitimate experiences and restaurants all over the city. They can have it.
 
2012-12-12 02:45:17 AM
I've eaten at Tex Wasabi, Guy's restaurant here in Sacramento. It was an awful experience from top to bottom. The food was overpriced and gross, the service was bad, the place looked ridiculous, and to top it all off, they had really bad and really loud karaoke that night.
 
2012-12-12 03:30:42 AM
Yeah, kind of like how there's this hole-in-the-wall seafood place right on the commercial fishing docks in my hometown that's ranked as one of the top seafood restaurants in the country by Travel+Leisure, yet my relatives come to town and insist on Red Lobster. There's no accounting for the tastes of tourists.
 
2012-12-12 04:46:04 AM

StopLurkListen: Yeah, no worries. I'm glad people like it. There's also Pier 39 in San Francisco, and "Bubba Gumps" is very popular with tourists there. Good on them! (The restaurant *and* the customers) Really. No sarcasm at all. It's a restaurant, not a religious experience!


When I lived in SF the only time I ever went to Pier 39, Ghirardelli Square or Alcatraz was when my mom came to visit.
 
2012-12-12 05:34:34 AM

jimmyego: And just the other day there was the thread about all the Donkey Cheese being purchased.

What is it about this animal that says "I produce tasty goodness"?


How about donkey cheese?

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/tennis-busted-racquet/novak-djokovic-bu y ing-world-entire-supply-donkey-cheese-152716656--ten.html
 
2012-12-12 05:37:57 AM

The_Sponge: jimmyego: And just the other day there was the thread about all the Donkey Cheese being purchased.

What is it about this animal that says "I produce tasty goodness"?

How about donkey cheese?

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/tennis-busted-racquet/novak-djokovic-bu y ing-world-entire-supply-donkey-cheese-152716656--ten.html


Shiat!

I can't sleep, it is 2:30 in the morning, and I didn't see the top of your post while using my phone.
 
2012-12-12 05:46:37 AM
On Broad Street in Philadelphia there's an Olive Garden and the only TGI Fridays in the city is next to a hotel. When you travel to a foreign land outside of the suburbs you want a little taste of the familiar.
 
2012-12-12 07:14:02 AM

jaytkay: M&M's candy has a popular store in Times Square.

Apparently those sophisticated New Yorkers just love it!


Is that supposed to be a knock? Because M&Ms are kinda awesomely delicious.
 
2012-12-12 07:22:43 AM

trivial use of my dark powers: McDonalds is quite popular too.


Came here to say this.
 
2012-12-12 07:25:47 AM

Cybernetic: trivial use of my dark powers: McDonalds is quite popular too.

Came here to say this.


I don't get how this is a bad thing.

You wanna know why people go to chains while on vacation? They want something familiar. They're a bit homesick, and want to eat something like they get back home. Yeah, sure they'll try a new restaurant, something local or a one of a kind place, but in the end, what they really want is that sense of familiarity.

Also, McD? Go get a freshly made Double Quarter Pounder with Cheese at 2 in the morning and tell me that's not the most delicious burger you've ever had.
 
2012-12-12 07:30:33 AM

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Because not everyone is a food snob who would rather eat gourmet pigeon jizz than a chicken tender so long as someone on the internet was impressed?


It ain't about being a food snob. There's nothing wrong with well-cooked burger and steak. It's that Fieri's place ain't that great (according to reviews) and ain't cheap either.

People go to these places because of Man On TV. They're idiots that assume that Jamie Oliver is a fricking genius because he's cooking on TV, when in reality, TV selects based on how well you perform on TV (it took years for Simon Hopkinson to get on TV despite being a head chef because he wasn't much of a natural performer). There's thousands of guys can do what Jamie Oliver does, but people go to Jamie's Italian rather than a local pizzeria that does the job cheaper and with more charm.
 
2012-12-12 07:33:25 AM

farkeruk: People go to these places because of Man On TV


The other part of that is that sometimes, these shows let you in on a place you wouldn't normally have gone to. When I went back home a while back, I went to Alice Cooper's Cooperstown restaurant, and had one of the better sandwiches I've had in...some time, in all honesty. Does that make me a bad person?
 
2012-12-12 07:34:27 AM

PizzaJedi81: You wanna know why people go to chains while on vacation? They want something familiar. They're a bit homesick, and want to eat something like they get back home. Yeah, sure they'll try a new restaurant, something local or a one of a kind place, but in the end, what they really want is that sense of familiarity.


Not so much familiarity and homesickness - it's that you know what you're going to get.

It's what the anti-brand folks can never grasp. Sure, that small, independent coffee shop might be awesome, but it also might be terrible. They might allow drum circles to perform (yes, I've had this) or surly staff (this too). I know that I can walk into Caffe Nero and get a good cup of coffee in pleasant surroundings, so in a strange town that's what I do. On the other hand, in a place I visit regularly, I will take some chances and find the excellent coffee place.
 
2012-12-12 07:39:05 AM

farkeruk: I know that I can walk into Caffe Nero and get a good cup of coffee in pleasant surroundings, so in a strange town that's what I do.


Of course, I'm also the type that will seek out a small, locally owned, and well reviewed place if I'm on vacation.

That's something people need to learn to do. Go to Urban Spoon, Yelp or any number of restaurant review sites if you want something good while you're on vacation. In fact...if anybody from Fort Wayne knows a good place, I'm looking for sugestions. The Mrs. and I are going there in February for a concert.
 
2012-12-12 07:40:59 AM

PizzaJedi81: The other part of that is that sometimes, these shows let you in on a place you wouldn't normally have gone to. When I went back home a while back, I went to Alice Cooper's Cooperstown restaurant, and had one of the better sandwiches I've had in...some time, in all honesty. Does that make me a bad person?


I'm not talking about Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. That might highlight great local places. I'm talking about people connecting a person presenting TV cookery shows, who often then create chains of expensive, mediocre restaurants trading on their name. Now, if you're eating at Le Manoir Aux Quat' Saisons, run by Raymond Blanc, who presents on TV, you will get an awesome meal, because he's got 2 Michelin stars. He knows his shiat more than most chefs out there. Jamie Oliver was a sous-chef who got noticed by a TV production company when they were doing a documentary because of his personality. Which doesn't mean he can't cook - he can. But so can thousands of other chefs out there.
 
2012-12-12 07:48:59 AM
If it keeps them from crowding the good local places, it keeps them away from me. Let them suck three daily meals off of a donkey-sauce filled teat for all I care, as long as they don't ruin the quality places for the rest of us.
 
2012-12-12 07:50:45 AM

PizzaJedi81: Of course, I'm also the type that will seek out a small, locally owned, and well reviewed place if I'm on vacation.


On vacation, that's what I want. If I wanted McDonalds, I'd stay at home.

But the other day if I'm somewhere, and in a hurry, not likely to go back (like doing a training course), I'll just go find somewhere I know which means I can get on with stuff.
 
2012-12-12 08:00:27 AM
Everything that is ridiculed on the internet becomes a massive success. Go stand in a line at Chick-Fila before seeing a packed Nickelback show.
 
2012-12-12 08:56:36 AM

spamdog: Could I just request that everybody stop farking the word "irony" in the ass so hard?

I don't know who the assholes are who decided to start abusing this word, but I hope they have a truck driven up them. Ironically.


yeah, did they really need to use the word "irony" nine times in that article?
 
2012-12-12 09:41:24 AM

rynthetyn: Yeah, kind of like how there's this hole-in-the-wall seafood place right on the commercial fishing docks in my hometown that's ranked as one of the top seafood restaurants in the country by Travel+Leisure, yet my relatives come to town and insist on Red Lobster. There's no accounting for the tastes of tourists.


What is the pricing at the hole-in-the-wall seafood place, I'm sure the food tastes better, but perhaps your out of town guests can't afford it (or fear they can't afford it). It's also entirely possible that your guests are slack-jawed mid-west yokels with unrefined tastes.
 
2012-12-12 10:02:33 AM

farkeruk: PizzaJedi81: You wanna know why people go to chains while on vacation? They want something familiar. They're a bit homesick, and want to eat something like they get back home. Yeah, sure they'll try a new restaurant, something local or a one of a kind place, but in the end, what they really want is that sense of familiarity.

Not so much familiarity and homesickness - it's that you know what you're going to get.

It's what the anti-brand folks can never grasp. Sure, that small, independent coffee shop might be awesome, but it also might be terrible. They might allow drum circles to perform (yes, I've had this) or surly staff (this too). I know that I can walk into Caffe Nero and get a good cup of coffee in pleasant surroundings, so in a strange town that's what I do. On the other hand, in a place I visit regularly, I will take some chances and find the excellent coffee place.


But why be so afraid of it being terrible? Chances are good the food won't be any worse than Applebee's, and could be so much better. So why settle for guaranteed mediocrity? And if it is terrible, it's one meal of one day, big deal.
 
2012-12-12 10:17:52 AM
No mention of Karl Welzein? For shame, FARK.
 
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