Writing about restaurants in Boston is a lot like writing about basketball in NYC.
You might enjoy watching the Knicks and Nets, they might play well, both as teams and individual players, they might even win. But chances are you’re not in NYC expecting great basketball.
In Boston, the amount of energy, money, and devotion that goes into sports is astonishing. The city has the best of the best in football and baseball, and the best in basketball and hockey.
If the town put 1/10th of the focus it has on sports into restaurants, there might be a reason to eat here.
Here’s an important difference: In NYC, Knicks fans can remember when the team was great. They know what needs to be done: Get Dolan to sell the team, for one. Is he the worse owner in basketball? With the Nets, better scouts and a better GM might help.
In contrast to Knicks and Nets fans’ recognition that something is wrong and something needs to be done, critics and chefs and restaurateurs in Boston act as if this really is a restaurant town with a whole bunch of great chefs and restaurants. They act as if everything’s great, even getting better than ever.
In fact, things have never been worse.
There’s no James Dolan to blame, nor scouts nor GM’s. The reasons for the deep mediocrity of most Boston restaurants is multi-faceted. But start here: Noting that the restaurants are, in general, pretty awful, like basketball in NYC, is a good place to start.
What needs to be done? What might help?