Nestled inside Sam Sifton’s sayonara note to the Times food beat was a tiny little blind item. What Sifton dining companion might look so much like Matthew Broderick that a waiter would mistake him for the actor? Well, Sam Jacobs of NewsBeast theorized on Twitter that it might be Peter Lattman of the NYT’s DealBook. Judge for yourself! We e-mailed Lattman for comment on this most important issue: He would neither confirm nor deny, but did note (after we pressed him) that Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is his favorite of the Broderick oeuvre — which features, you will remember, a scene in which Ferris pretends to be someone else (Abe Froman, the Sausage King of Chicago) in order to dine at a fancy restaurant. Hmm.
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