Arugula Wars

The arugula wars hit Baltimore

I was just reading Elizabeth Large’s 2009 Restaurant Awards in the Sun (feel free to discuss! I know there are some experts out there) However, I was mainly drawn to MartyCrane’s CAPS LOCK FUELED OUTRAGE

EVERYDAY PEOPLE AREN’T INTERESTED IN THIS KINDS OF RESTAURANTS, WHY DON’T YOU FINE LOOK AND ADVERTISE RESTAURANTS THAT NORMAL EVERYDAY PEOPLE VISIT? IF YOU TAKE NOTICE, YOU KEEP REFEREING TO RESTAURANTS THAT HAVE CLOSED ARE REOPENED SOME WHERE ELSE, DA. HOW ABOUT RAILLO’S ON SOUTH FORT AVENUE? SQUIRES IN DUNDALK? THESE ARE THE PLACES PEOPLE GO TO EAT. GREAT FOOD, EASY ON THE POCKET BOOK. MAYBE WE CAN SAVE SOME OF THESE RESTAURANTS IF W TELL PEOPLE ABOUT THEM?

(I know Marty, I too was perplexed by Ms. Large’s glaring omission of Woodberry Kitchen and Charleston.  Hello?  Has the mainstream media heard of President Obama’s organic veggie victory garden?  Support the Troops, Eat Dandelion Salad. But I digress.  Marty’s comment is such a great example of the anti-elitist discourse in today’s politics.  Marty is right, who wants to eat a $18 dollar plate of bitter, limp, lettuce (I’m looking in your direction arugula), but the danger is that this politics of resentment is used to defeat any kind of educated opinion as “elitist”.  This is one way that uneducated people end up carrying water for a cynical corporate elite who certainly don’t have Marty’s interests at heart.  At the same time, however, for all of his capital letters and misspelled werds, I think Marty has a point.  The Sun is not going to win over Baltimoreans by ignoring their tastes, and the Everyday/Elite opposition is only strengthened by articles and comments like these.  I welcome Marty to check out our reviews of Rub, Attman’s, and Iggie’s for other easy on the pocketbook places where blue collar bros and elitist ho’s can dine together.

Who’s up for Squire’s this weekend?

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5 responses to “Arugula Wars

  1. He gets in trouble as soon as he mentions “NORMAL EVERYDAY PEOPLE.” It was the same during the campaign when we were fed this “Joe Sixpack” concept, the image of “real” America. This rhetoric is misleading on both the national and city-scale. We’re talking about restaurants here–what percentage of Baltimore city can actually afford to eat out at a real restaurant, even if it’s one where “NORMAL EVERYDAY PEOPLE” eat? The point is that Large is not doing a public service here, she’s discussing a unique art form, a self-contained service industry: fine dining.
    There are plenty of other places to find out about great food that fits one’s particular taste and price range: City paper, Yelp, Chow, this blog, even other reviews in the Sun. The point of Large’s article was to point out the culinary talents of our city. These chefs are putting everything they’ve got into a city that is, truthfully, unknown on the culinary map and for that I think they deserve some recognition.
    Also, h1pster, arugula actually stands up better to dressing than most lettuces!

  2. nothing elitist about Iggie’s haha it’s basically just like domino’s, right?

    Yet somehow I don’t quite see our friend Marty McCAPSLOCK ordering a Cipola pizza after checking out the new arrivals at Red Emma’s (blog post possibly forthcoming).

  3. That guy probably thinks going out to The Cheesecake Factory constitutes fine dining. Or even worse, Sullivan’s!

  4. #1. arugula is not bitter, it’s peppery. they are different.
    #2. maybe MARTY should start a capslock food review blog.
    #3. the Sun is pretty elitist for using all those words. everyday people don’t like to read. maybe he should boycott it until they add more pictures.
    #4. Iggie’s is NOT easy on the pocket.
    #5. As Brohan noted, there are plenty of ‘cheap eats’ items put out by both Ms. Large and other local publications. Wake up, Marty – there are a lot of upper middle class people in the county, and they can afford to go wherever they want, and they like it. They vote on restaurants with their wallets. Stop being jealous.

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