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The Pearl Oyster Suit Not Just About Lobster Rolls; Salman and Padma Finally Over

There’s more to the Pearl Oyster Bar suit than the poaching of lobster-roll recipes or wainscoting; Rebecca Charles accuses Ed McFarland of what amounts to corporate espionage. [Diner’s Journal/NYT] Related: Ed’s Lobster Bar to Pearl Oyster Bar: Step Off! It’s finally official: Salman Rushdie and Padma Lakshmi are bust-o. A source close to both suggests two of the possible reasons: Rushdie is “totally self-centered,” and Lakshmi “incredibly dull.” [Daily India] PDT’s combination of conspicuous secrecy and promotional exertion is basically ridiculous. “It kind of gives you the idea that you're the only one who knows about a place. But once you look around and are like, ‘What are all these people from New Jersey doing here?’ — obviously, you're not.” [NYP]

Dude, Did You See the Video of Michael Lomonaco and the Flounder?

You might’ve seen our new Overheard video feature, where Daniel Maurer quizzed diners exiting Jeffrey Chodorow’s new restaurant, Wild Salmon. Here, in our debut In Season video, charismatic Porter House New York chef Michael Lomonaco turns a whole local flounder into a beautifully crisped filet dressed with a vinaigrette, following the recipe featured in this week’s issue. Pretend it’s television! In Season: Local Flounder [NYM]

You Bet We Have Video of Folks Giving Opinions on Wild Salmon

Grub Street’s restaurant coverage takes a historic leap forward this week as we introduce video (or what we were taught to call moving pictures). Daniel Maurer visited Jeffrey Chodorow’s newest restaurant, Wild Salmon, on opening night Friday and got first reactions from diners, including their take on the Chodorow-Bruni feud and the challenges of exiting the place after a few drinks. Let us entertain you. Overheard: Wild Salmon Opening [Videos] Related: In Season: Wild Flounder [Videos] Earlier: Wild Salmon Swims Into View. Yes, ‘Pun Intended’