Mason Pickling Jars As Ornamentation
I know we’re all locavores now, but here’s the problem: Pickle jars are ugly.
Dish Towels Rolled Up As Place Napkins
Pseudo-Private Dining Clubs
It’s a genius marketing gimmick, but given the half-life of trendy restaurants, it can’t last.
Arcane Internet Reservation Systems
Yes, Mr. Chang, this means you.
Code for “pretentious.”
Do we really care whether my overpriced sliver of extra-dark is 71 percent or 83 percent Columbian cacao?
This trendy barnyard product works with fries. But is it really going to make your salmon fillet taste better?
What’s next? Celebrity chicken sexers?
Doughnut Holes as Gourmet Dessert
They’re not “bombolini” or “beignets” or “fritters.” They’re doughnuts, and we’re goddamned tired of them.
The Small-Plates Explosion
What began as a felicitous trend of the aughts has turned into a method for running up the check.
Ladies and gentlemen, the Great Pork Decade has ended. Let’s look for a new beast to obsess about.