Being a restaurant critic is a bit like being a colander. Every time I enter a restaurant, I'm filling myself up, both literally and figuratively, with thoughts about everything from how the sauce tasted to lighting and noise levels to whether or not the server knew his stuff. When it's time to write, I pour out all my observations and experiences and wait to see what drains away. What's left is where the story is, in the moments that are memorable and noteworthy enough to characterize a restaurant.
So as the countdown to my 100th review continues, I've pulled out a different colander, an industrial-sized one that's big enough to strain out the week-in, week-out details. The list that follows is some of what's left in the bowl after two years of professional eating.
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