I was at the diner. My cell phone rang. It was Laura.
"So where are you going to dinner again?"
"I already told you."
"Yeah, but I can't remember."
"Shazz," I whispered.
"Jesus, don't make me say it out loud in public."
"Just tell me the name, Jay."
"Shazz," I said a little bit louder.
"Seriously?" she asked, laughing. "Oh my god..."
Shazz: Stupid name, great restaurant. And to think I almost skipped eating here simply because I couldn't stand the handle or the weird philosophizing on the website. And after I walked in the door of this new place on Lowell Boulevard, the culinary agitprop on the floor gave me more cause to be nervous.
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But my first meal at Shazz made it clear that one thing mattered above all: The food was excellent, prepared by a talented kitchen working off a menu that wouldn't have worked at all had it not been executed with such careful expertise.
Just goes to show, I guess you really can't judge a book by its cover.
Or a restaurant by its name, as this week's review of Shazz makes clear. And I expound further on the rules of reviewing in this week's Bite Me, which also includes an interview with Noel Cunningham about his new chef at Strings.