One of the reasons I haven't written in this blog for months is that I am a hater for food bloggers, and this blog made me one of them. What made--or rather makes--me a hater is nothing more than an old-fashioned desire for hierarchy. Respect. In the blogosphere, any ol' one can spout his or her opinion on any ol' thing. There are no filters. The one time I looked online for restaurant reviews was about five years ago, when I was working with Kenny Shopsin on his book, EAT ME. Kenny asked me if I ever used the Internet, or if i thought it was any good (Yelp, Chowhound, etc.), as a restaurant guide. I told him that I didn't, but it did inspire me to take a look down what I found to be the sad avenues of these sites. I decided to conduct a test of their efficacy and chose to see what they had to say about a restaurant I know well, Barbuto, owned by a well regarded chef, Jonathan Waxman, who has been around several different blocks and is near-worshipped by his peers. (In the years befor ...

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