Something fascinating is currently happening to me right now. I’m in the midst of a backlash for sending out a tweet that was honest and opinionated.
This blog has been around for about 5 years now. In that time, we’ve eaten a lot of food, drank a lot of beer, and made a lot of friends. What we haven’t done is be very negative. Our stance has always been that we don’t have time for negativity, but sometimes we need to make time for the not so fun stuff.
The desire to be more honest and critical came from a recent interview I read with David Chang, Momofuku chef & owner, entitled “Chef David Chang explains why Yelp probably won’t lead you to your favorite burrito.” This quote resonated with me, “When you get reviewed by one of the top critics, they are advocates for the consumer. Even though they have their own personal bias, they are working to put themselves in the shoes of what somebody might want in terms of value and food for the people who might go to that restaurant.” I’m not saying I’m a “top critic,” however, I am saying I want to try harder.
Trying harder means not being afraid to write things that aren’t all puppy dogs and rainbows. Trying harder means being more balanced. Trying harder means having balls.
Before I thought, “Detroit doesn’t need negativity,” and I still believe that, but Detroit also doesn’t need entitlement and mediocrity. Just because a place has been in business for 25 years doesn’t mean they’re entitled to preferential treatment or a positive review. It also doesn’t mean that their food is great or even decent. During a recent conversation I had with a gentleman who travels often, he made the following point: “the “best” burger according to any review site or google is rarely ever correct. Do you think Shake Shack has the best burger in New York? Hell no, but they do have some of the best PR.”
Don’t be fooled by subpar PR. Don’t be fooled by lazy social media. When it comes to spending your money, think critically about where it’s going. Just because a place can afford an ad, a commercial, and banner ads on every website doesn’t mean they’re serving delicious food.
We shouldn’t have to settle for anything less than great because each and every one of us is spending our hard earned dollars trying to satisfy our hunger. Whether that satisfaction comes from a hamburger or a chef’s tasting menu is of no consequence, what’s important is you get your money’s worth.
Can The Hungry Dudes help make sure your money is being spent wisely? We hope so.