Posts Tagged ‘Zagat guide’

Nina and Tim Zagat Don’t Care If You’re a Good Cook

In today's Wall Street Journal, Nina and Tim Zagat pour a glass of cold water on all those out there crazy enough to think they can start a restaurant. It's not easy, and 60 percent of those who start their own eatery end up failing within three years. From their op-ed piece: So many people […]

Y&H to Appear in This Year’s Best Food Writing Collection

Because I pretend to be too humble to write about myself, I asked editor Michael Schaffer to announce the news: Y&H will appear in the 2010 edition of Best Food Writing with last fall's cover story on Zagat. You can read all about it over on City Desk in the boss' generous post. As fate […]

Makoto Takes a Fall in the Latest Zagat Survey

As you might remember, Y&H last year made something of a fuss about Makoto's strange stranglehold on the top spots in the annual Zagat Guide, which really isn't so annual after all. Well, the new 2011 Washington D.C./Baltimore survey just hit the streets today, and guess what? Makoto is nowhere to be found among the […]

Vox Populi: Restaurant Rater bobbiepb On Pasta Plus

Pasta Plus in Laurel is a perennial favorite among the Zagat guide crowd. The 2010 guide (which, as we know, is really the 2009 guide in disguise) placed Pasta Plus in a virtual tie with 2Amys for best pizza in the D.C. area. Restaurant Rater bobbiepb would beg to differ:

Time to Vote in the Zagat Survey of Washington and Baltimore Restaurants

That's right, it's time again for the annual biennial Zagat survey to determine the metro area's best restaurants — or at least the metro area's best restaurants that you could be bothered or cajoled or threatened or enticed to rate from the past year. Yep, even though the surveys are conducted every two years, Zagat asks you […]

Capital Spice Maps Out the Critics’ Favorites in the Metro Area

You have to salute Mike and Elizabeth Bober over at Capital Spice. They know how to take one for the team. The husband-and-wife food bloggers have compiled a Google map featuring the places that made the Washington Post, Washingtonian, and the Washington City Paper's annual best restaurants lists. Just as helpful, they've also included the […]

Which Sources Do You Trust for Restaurant Commentary?

Last week, Y&H went on a rampage about noise in restaurants, which in turn stirred up a hornet's nest of vitriol toward earsplitting eateries among readers and even from a forthright general manager. But this week, I want to talk about a different kind of noise: the din of public opinion littering the Web, whether […]

This Week’s Greatest Hits on the Young & Hungry Blog

Beer and controversy, controversy and beer. They are the backbone of the Young & Hungry blog. Here's what you've been reading this  week: Budweiser Launches Select 55, Light Beer Arms Race Gets Absurd WTF: Makoto Is Once Again the Top-Rated Restaurant in the Annual Zagat Guide Not So Fast: There's No Deal for a Ray's […]

More on Makoto and Zagat’s Undying Love For It

Following my post yesterday on Zagat voters' undying love for Makoto, colleague Michael Birchenall, editor and publisher of Foodservice Monthly, did some serious sleuthing through his back issues of the annual restaurant guide, dating back to 1993.  Here's what he found: Makoto, which opened in the early 1990s, made a meteoric appearance among D.C.'s best […]

WTF: Makoto Is Once Again the Top-Rated Restaurant in the Annual Zagat Guide

I obviously have nothing against Makoto, the meditative Japanese bento box of a restaurant in the Palisades, which specializes in kaiseki cuisine. I mean, I included the place among my 50 favorite restaurants in the D.C. area. What does bother me about Makoto, however, is its stranglehold on the top spot in the annual D.C./Baltimore […]