1. Guest to Papa Grande's Coastal Taqueria manager after finishing her meal: “I'm disappointed. I thought it would be more like Taco Bell.”
2. Post on Facebook after a link that CLEARLY identifies the restaurant depicted a photo: “What restaurant is that?”
3. Comment posted on RehobothFoodie.com after a review of an expensive steakhouse: “We don't like it because the portions are too big.” Stay home. Have a salad. Leave room for the rest of us.
4. Email sent to EatingRehoboth.com walking food tours: “Please tell us the restaurants you visit. There may be one we don't want to go to.” (Sorry. Part of the fun is the surprise. Get over yourself.)
5. Spoken or emailed to RehobothFoodie.com: “You like everything. You never criticize anything.” These comments come from people who either (1) don't bother to read the reviews all the way through, or (2) have heard it from somebody else who does not read the reviews all the way through. Either way, a casual surf through the site will prove them wrong.
6. Former (note the use of the word “former”) Rehoboth restaurateur scolding The Foodie for a critical review of her marginal food and service: “I'm sick of the politics around here!” (Her lukewarm entrees, bloody-at-the-bone chicken and offhanded service had nothing to do with politics.)
7. Facebook post after we ran a photo of a kid holding 2 slices of Grotto Pizza: “I'm sick of you appeasing the corporate giants!” Grotto Pizza a corporate giant? This idiot needs to get out more.
8. Facebook post after somebody checked me in at a local brew pub with brew pub food. “I can't believe you even went there! I hope you're not going to give it a good review!”
Well, I asked a friend to post a comment asking that person if they had ever been there. The response was a self-righteous and indignant “No.” OK. Let's get real here: The place is what it is: A sports bar with bar food. And it is, in fact OK (actually the service is better than OK). It is NOT fine dining. It's a noisy sports bar with TVs and lots of beer taps. Period.
This is the beach and I write about everything. So get over yourself. Who are you, the Prince of Wales? Nobody's impressed when you sound off about a place where you have never been.
9. Comment written to Cape Gazette in September 2019 in reference to a column I wrote about the pros and cons of dogs dining on restaurant patios: “…Bob Yesbek needs to widen his horizons and travel a little before he suggest that dogs aren't welcome in restaurants because of their germs and behavior. They might not be welcome in American restaurants, but we spend many years in Europe and our dogs were welcomed in dining rooms ….. blah, blah, blah, etc., etc.” My response:
a. Did you even read the entire article? Obviously you did not. I was referring ONLY to dogs on outside decks and patios. In fact, my conclusion was positive that they should be there.
b. In spite of your obvious appreciation for foodborne illnesses, parasites and other unfortunate pathogens that our furry friends (and I love 'em too!) can pass on to humans, dogs must never be allowed INSIDE a restaurant's enclosed space. Being a restaurant owner and maintaining sanitation is hard enough without introducing yet another possibility of cross-contamination.
c. Citing that something is done in Europe (and thinking it's better) is an immediate red flag for me. I have dined in France, Germany, Greece and Italy. In Greece we shared a dining table with cats. It was disgusting. Especially after one relieved itself ON THE TABLE. We got up and left. No, you can have Europe. I prefer a sanitary and safe environment in which to dine.
Got something even more idiotic? Send it as a comment and I'll add it to this growing list!