I always enjoy reading the Bon Appetit Foodist blog by Restaurant editor Andrew Knowlton. He goes out of his way to create controversy, and the comments are usually quite entertaining. One of his most recent columns listed his “top 5 restaurant dishes in need of a culinary sabbatical“.
1. Beet and Goat Cheese Salad: The tang of goat cheese with the earthy sweetness of beets is a brilliant combination–but enough already of this default appetizer.
2. Short Ribs: In less-than-expert hands, this profound deliciousness is often tough.
3. Crostini and Bruschetta: Devoting entire sections of a menu to simple grilled bread with toppings and then charging crazy prices is robbery.
4. Bacon-Wrapped Dates: Yes, we get it–fat and sweet are two flavors that go great together, but simply putting them on your menu does not make your place an “authentic tapas bar.”
5. Panna Cotta: An easy-to-make dessert, panna cotta (“cooked cream”) neither really pleases nor offends. Give me a little more creativity, or just give me a chocolate chip cookie.
Surprisingly, I’m not entirely in agreement. Beet and goat cheese salad? Yes please. It may be a bit tired, but it’s still damn good. Short ribs? Agreed – rarely very good. Crostini/Bruschetta at silly prices need to fade away. Bacon-wrapped dates are more difficult. Sweet, fatty, earthy… ohhh Marge!
As for Panna Cotta. If I never saw one again, it would be to soon. How about you? What would you like to see retired from restaurant menus?