Gambit food critic Ian McNulty appeared on WWL-TV last night to discuss the state of the restaurant community at year's end. It was prompted by an article by Tom Fitzmorris in New Orleans CityBusiness (behind a pay wall, unfortunately) that also carried a few tart/cranky comments about the spate of "gourmet" burger and pizza eateries that opened in 2011. Can't link you to everything Fitzmorris had to say about pumped-up burgers and tricked-out pizzas, but the dean of New Orleans dining wrote a poem about it on his New Orleans Menu website. An excerpt:
Here's a gold mine! say chefs
Who once made us say "Wow!"
Now ask for ten dollars
For a bun and ground cow.
And don't get me started
On gourmet pizza pie!
Anyway, here's Ian in an interesting report by Scott Satchfield:
And here's Ian's take on the topic from this week's paper.