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Rather like grunge, fanny packs and Sharon Stone, Pizza Hut’s popularity appears to have peaked in 1995, the year it gifted the world stuffed-crust pies. At the time, the move was dubbed a revolution by the Hut, which is a pretty bold claim when all you’ve done is put cheese inside a pizza crust’s outer ring, but the move proved transformative. It was not the only successful 1995 invention to initially provoke confusion and skepticism. Amazon, eBay, Windows 95 and the Palm Pilot all begged questions like why do we need this? But only stuffed-crust pizza left us asking no

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The smoked salmon ($16) was a huge portion of smoked salmon dip, beautifully served with cucumber, red pepper and a homemade rye baguette. It was good, without being overly rich or creamy.






The hummus plate features basic hummus with a beautiful selection of vegetables.


Samara Kalk Derby | Wisconsin State Journal



The plate also came with radish and kohlrabi, not mentioned on the menu. Union spokesperson Shauna Breneman said the restaurant gets its produce from Parrfection Produce Farm Market in Monticello, so the vegetables can vary week to week.

The hummus ($12) was a similar plate, with another great selection

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Last week, I wrote about the virtues and drawbacks of writing negative reviews, and I got a ton of fascinating feedback from readers. Most were in favor of their local restaurant critic getting more, well, critical.

A former nurse manager wrote in to say that, in their line of work, getting honest feedback from patients was a straightforward way of making their experiences better. Another reader articulated that line of thinking further, calling frank reviews “the impetus for a further push towards the ideal of perfection.” 

Some noted their frustration toward the noise-to-signal ratio in the world of restaurant writing.

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If I were constructing my perfect meal from Shiku, the Grand Central Market stall run by Kwang Uh and Mina Park serving Korean comfort foods, I’d start with the Andong-jjimdak — Andong-style soy-braised chicken.

The dish is a special and not always available. Its braising sauce has a garlicky, gingery sweetness that permeates the chicken to a cellular level and plays up the varying degrees of earthiness in cabbage, mushrooms and potatoes. Glass noodles squiggle in the mix for a little snap. The whole thing comes over rice, and there’s an option for a fried egg on top. It

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An Italian restaurant in Deming, N.M. is facing backlash after a sign that read “Blame China!” was seen on the front doors of the temporarily closed establishment.

The reasoning: The owner was forced to shut down in February after having difficulty hiring workers, as many establishments in the state have reportedly experienced.

  • “We are not racist, we are not bigots,” owner Kimberly Yacone said to KRQE, “This thing came from China, it’s a known fact.”

  • Yacone and her husband, Robert, blame the Chinese government for having to close the business.

  • When asked whether the sign “instigates violence against the

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One of the highlights of the past year has been working on the Top Restaurants spin-off lists, which had me seeking out vegetarian feasts or sushi omakase sets that I could lift up with the kind of positivity that has been rare in the world this year. Every time we publish one, I’m so hyped up that I’m practically dancing in my office chair. But I have to admit that this latest one about Vietnamese food gave me a lot of stress, though I adore these restaurants and pop-ups. More than any other exercise of my expertise as a restaurant … Read More

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