TAMPA BAY PLUS FOOD DIRECTORY


THE TAMPA BAY FOOD DIRECTORY
MOSTLY LOCAL - UNABRIDGED

IT’S A WORLDLY THING
AT TIMES IT’S GODLY

I was and will always be a fan of Anthony Bourdain both as a Chef and as an entertainer in his travels around the world to places and levels of culinary experiences most of us would never see.  

He told it like it is,  not what the corporate spinners put on everything in our society today.  Celebrating ten years on his show he is a straight shooter and the show has won many awards. He was as comfortable with a burger as he was in the finest of French Restaurants. If the food was good, he would let you know, and tell you why it was conducive to that area.  He was more than a chef and a host, he was a culinary educator...

The other guy Mr. Zimmern is a very skilled chef and quite the entertaining character.  He has a medical board certified cast iron stomach full of Aqua Regia to digest his sometimes unique appetite.  Having traveled myself and partaken of some local dishes, I’m running about 65% OK with them and 25% forgetabout it.  Oh,  the last 10% never made it all the way down, a good gag and sometimes a convenient flower pot solved the problem.

I like Guy Fiero, a little more off the wall,  and  I share my love of the locally owned restaurants with his genre which consists of a lot of drive-ins and dives,  where I too have found some great eats.   But in two places he built up as big, our meals there were flops really bad.  Must have had the B team working that day.   Which brings me to those websites with running commentaries on food, and it’s about time some truth came out. They are all not as legit as they claim.  Read on.

BOURDAIN’S THOUGHTS ON YELP
Bourdain recently made it perfectly clear how he feels about people who leave negative reviews on Yelp.  In an interview with Business Insider leading up to the release of his new documentary, Wasted! The Story of Food Waste, the chef and TV personality didn’t hold back when it came to sharing his feelings on “elite” users of the restaurant-rating app.

“There’s really no worse, or lower human being than an elite Yelper,” he said. “They’re universally loathed by chefs everywhere. They are the very picture of entitled, negative energy. They’re bad for chefs, they’re bad for restaurants. You know, you open a restaurant, you struggle for a year to put together the money, you work your heart out, and then 10 minutes after opening, some miserable b-stard is tweeting or Yelping, ‘Worst. Dinner. Ever.’”


EDITOR ALJACOBS
This I do know, I do not bother with YELP.   They are about as corrupt as a business can be. Owners have told me if you pay their fees, bad reviews and news travels real fast to the delete key and the good stuff goes through.  Whats going on here. In the old Mafia days this was called “protectionism”.  And if they don’t like you, they will print the bad.

YELP REPLIES IN A STORM OF CORPO GUANO
Yelp feels differently about the matter. They said,  “Millions of people find restaurants on Yelp every day. Over the last four years, we’ve made strides to become not just a tool for restaurants to get exposure, but a tool to help them be more successful businesses,” Darnell Holloway, Yelp’s Director of Business Outreach, said in a statement to Business Insider.

“It’s also worth noting that most reviews on Yelp are not negative. Overwhelmingly, most people come to Yelp to share neutral to positive experiences.”

Positive experience all right.  Thats if your restaurant is signed up with YELP with fees as much as $1000 per month.  It’s pay for view.  Thats right and it came from an owner so I backed it up by talking to a second owner.

If your restaurant is a subscriber to them and you pay your bills, negative comments seem to get answered and dismissed, or never make-it to the page regardless.  If when the salesman calls you don’t sign up, the negatives go right through and get posted.

Summing it up they are a corrupt “Pay per View” referral operation and we have heard and seen it from many owners here in Tampa Bay.  We suggest TRIPADVISOR and of course this site since I answer to nobody and am well armed.  

Chef Bourdain continued on about how he’s “perfectly happy” with Instagram and Twitter as a “fully democratic bathroom wall that anyone can write on.” Many people have long photographed their restaurant meals to upload on their own profiles, anyway. Something that may have once been considered “basic” proves actually quite helpful to those wondering whether or not an establishment’s food looks enticing.

“If I put up an Instagram photo, of just like, just hypothetically, me and the Dalai Lama and Keith Richards in a hot tub, smoking a bong, I’ll get 5,000 likes in an hour,” Bourdain told Business Insider. “If I put up, and I have done this, I put up just a picture of an In-N-Out burger sitting on a table in isolation in an anonymous room, I’ll get 50,000 passionate likes and comments in like 10 minutes.”


I ATTENDED THE GORDON FOOD SERVICES TRADE SHOW
It was an all day event at the Convention center In Orlando Florida.  Think of it as Mecca for food.  Every GFS supplier, vendor  had something cooking or being served.  I blew my diet to pieces.  I just had to try everything.  It was an all day event catering to the restaurant owner, caterer, wedding planner, event caterer and savvy restaurants who utilize their composite food services.

They said...For over 115 years, that they have been in business, they delivered the excellence, expertise, and quality products our customers need to create successful food operations and experiences.   

GFS HAS  grown to become the largest privately held, family-managed food service company by upholding the same approach since 1897—being passionately committed to the people they serve, whether you are looking for truck deliveries or want to shop our Store.

The difference is that Gordon has retail stores too and lets you buy like the big boys... I do get a bulk of my needs in bigger quantities there and the quality is superb. some items better than the chain groceries.

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THIS IS ALL ABOUT THE RESTAURANT AND FOOD INDUSTRY IN TAMPA BAY FLORIDA
It’s quite a challenge and experience covering the spectrum of eateries, some  good, some bad, some really bad and should have been closed a long time ago.    We do mark the specific locations as some are managed quite well and they met the “C’s” of the culinary experience. That is that they be Clean, they serve the Community, have a reasonable amount of Consistency, and Control their service and their individuality.

On a simple level, it means their food was fresh, cooked properly and delivered in a reasonable time, or their gourmet experience took them in unique and interesting directions.  Since the high end $$$$  places have been written about, it seems they get greater coverage and a  free meal for the writer, I usually pick the places the Plebeians frequent. 

I pick the locations the common folk try to get a decent meal for sustenance. And if they fail simple standards of cleanliness, and customer service I will come down on them like Thor’s hammer.

And I have also decided that in the course of my travels to comment on “unique eats”, those places that might be a bit off the grid but the foods they serve might be  “Out of this world”.  My first entry is from INVERNESS Fl. and It’s called McLeod's Bistro.
and my second great meal came also from Inverness and It’s Little Italy what a delight. It is an Italian delicatessen, not exactly a Pizza Place. This is excellent Italian authentic food.   And both were a break from corporate guano.

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