Thursday, March 08, 2007

Review the critic

So, what do you think of Nathaniel so far?

It was his decision to review Marigold, a local treasure, as his first review. I think it was a good one. He wants to make it clear that we're not just going to look at the new places, but mix in plenty of old favorites.


Blogger Ari Starch said...

Mr. Glen is, so far, among the culinary literati. His positive review of Marigold's cafe was quite compatible with the experience of Colorado Springs' sophisticated diners. We await his reviews of restaurants which have reputations curiously undeserving.

12:11 PM  
Blogger Warren Epstein said...

Any ideas of restaurants that don't deserve their propped-up reputations?

12:21 PM  
Blogger Wandering Willow said...

I loved Nathaniel's review of Marigold's. He clearly understands the importance of vivid sensory imagery. He achieved that with great success. I'm about ready to hop in m car and race over to Marigold's!

In addition, he's obviously a skilled and experienced writer. I think you made a good choice, by bringing him on board.

1:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was very curious about your review of Marigold's. It was a glowing review. During my previous meals at Marigold's, the food was indeed wonderful as you described. However, the service was poor and caused me to stop going to this restaurant. Your review made little mention of the service. Has it inproved?

6:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ssshhhhh...we don't want everyone deciding to dine at our all-time favordte restaurant! My husband says he could eat there every day of the week...and he considers MY cooking high gourmet!
We love everything this "Springs gem!"

7:35 AM  
Anonymous David said...

Nate, you showed your writing prowess in this your first review. Very good job.
My only suggestion is that, on those occasions when you encounter a eating spot that is mediocre, or even bad, please don't be afraid to hold back the false praise and tell it like is is. This is especially important when the review is for a restaurant that may only be existing on an undeserved reputation. You can help save us the pain and direct us to only those places deserving of praise.

11:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You may want to check the spelling of dessert for your future reviews.

7:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

While your writing was very good, I felt it was a bit self- indulgent. It seemed long-winded.

Nate, when you put your words on the line for a new restaurant, and give a spot on analysis, you'll gain my trust. Until then, it's just a new guy eating at all his dream places.

You're new, but after going through the public gauntlet, you have to come with something better.

But, I do believe you will do it. Cheers to you and congrats.

9:05 PM  
Anonymous Warren Epstein said...

As Nate's editor, and on behalf of our fine copy desk, I'd like to apologize for the dessert/desert goof. I should have caught that.

9:53 AM  
Blogger Warren Epstein said...


Congratulations on the wonderful new food critic. The review was informative, full of (Foodie)joy and without pretense. Loved it!

Rose Artuso

2:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, you're review of Marigold's left me wondering if we really had eaten at the same restaurant the evening they were taking pictures for your column! My trout was good enough, but over salted. I was amazed that it came with only vegetables, not even a token amount of rice. My husband's steak was "just average," certainly not worth the price considering it, too, only came with a few vegetables. I loved Marigold's when it was a tiny walk-up and order breakfast and lunch spot, but once they built the new building and expanded, the service deteriorated so much that after a couple of tries, I quit going altogether. After this last visit, my impressions haven't changed. I'm shocked, with so many exceptional restaurants in our area, that customers think it's so wonderful!

11:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My initial impressions of Nathaniel are good.

Warren, please don't send him to as many Asian places as you did with Tom. I like asian food too, but I think there should be more variety in the reviews.

Places that don't deserve their propped-up reputations? The the that blasts to the top of my list is Steaksmith. What is it with this place? Do people automatically think of it when asked about steak just because the word is part of their name? Come on people--the same is true about Taco Bell but they certainly don't serve the best tacos. It won't surprise me at all if Steaksmith again makes it onto this year's Gazette "Best Of" list. There are plenty of better places, but I guess people can't find them if the place doesn't have the word "steak" in their name.

10:26 AM  
Blogger Warren Epstein said...

OK, stop right there in dissing the Steaksmith.

I had that same feeling about the Steaksmith. It was a restaurant that time forgot.

But I went back there a few months ago and it was really good. ... It's not The Famous, but the steak was tender and flavorful, the crab legs delectible, the team service friendly and prompt.

For the price, I think Steaksmith offers a damn fine value.

4:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, don't ask the question if you don't want to hear the answer! :)

Seriously, I do have a large bone to pick with Steaksmith (no pun intended), and decor has nothing to do with it. But given your obvious position there's no sense in going there.

I do think it's worth pointing out though that comments like that from an editor ought to make us wonder if these "best of" things are rigged.

8:08 PM  

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