We like to talk about under-rated food and wine here to share our appreciation. As a change of pace, and because I feel like a bit of a curmudgeon at the moment, I wanted to address the topic of over-rated foods. These are foods people queue for or restaurants charge high fees for that really just don't deliver. Here are a few that deserve special attention:
The Philly Cheese Steak - Never have I waited so long in such a long line to eat something I could have made better myself in 15 minutes. So-so bread, meat, and cheese whiz, yuck. Sorry to any people from Philadelphia out there, but really I don't see the point. The meat was decent quality, and that's about the best thing I can say about it. And before you ask, yes I've had it with the Provolone and that's no good either. Please note: I'm not talking about Cheese Steak sandwiches in general, I'm talking specifically about the joints in Philadelphia with huge lines.
Raw Oysters - It's not that raw oysters don't taste good - they do. I just don't understand what the big deal is. If I was right by the ocean and could get them super-fresh that would be one thing, but in Fredericksburg (or anywhere inland)? Why? With the added risk of sickness I really, really don't see the point. Respectable people can disagree with me on this, it's just my opinion. But this next one is another thing entirely....
Caviar - Super salty, mediocre flavor and it destroys precious fish stocks by the millions? Where do I sign up? It doesn't pair well with Champagne, despite what the movies tell you. One of the most pointless and socially irresponsible foods there is, and it's expensive too.
So there you have it. Feel free to add your own over-rated foods in the comments.