No Barbecue Qualifications
This is in reference to a review that Naomi Wise recently wrote about one of your advertising clients, the House of BBQ (“Smoking or Non?” Restaurant Review, June 11). The review was inaccurate and extremely unfair! My family and many of my friends have eaten at this restaurant and have found the food to be delicious! As a matter of fact, I named my favorite dish, the Heaven on a Bun. The dish is exactly that, heavenly! The family that runs the establishment is gracious and kind. Is this really how you treat your clients? Does Ms. Wise have any idea how difficult it is to run a restaurant and build the business? It is extremely difficult in the best of times. In today’s economy, this is next to impossible! Ms. Wise was careless and thoughtless in her review. Please take some time to visit the House of BBQ and enjoy the Heaven on a Bun! Tell them Renee sent you! And please send someone more qualified to do the review!
Love That Wall O’ Beer
Let me start off with I enjoy the controversy of the Reader, but the offensive, inaccurate “Smoking or Non?” article about barbecue was bordering on insanity (Restaurant Review, June 11). I frequent barbecue places in San Diego. Why was Phil’s not mentioned or the San Diego icon Kansas City made famous from Top Gun? As to the accuracy, does your writer need glasses? I eat at Lil’ Piggy’s Bar-B-Q, as I work on the Island. Walking through the front doors, even to order takeout or pick up food, there are four glass-doored coolers with over 100 kinds of beers creating a literal wall of beer.
As for the food, I’ve yet to be disappointed there. Being from Charleston, South Carolina, spices are made from scratch, certainly not using the cheater’s way out with Creole mustard, as suggested by your writer. Their coleslaw is delicious, the potato salad has a zing to it, and the pulled pork sandwiches are fantastic.
Last question: are you hiring new food critics? As the way to a man’s heart is truly through his stomach and I’m hungry.
Next We’re Reviewing Alpo
I’m calling in reference to the dining review that Naomi Wise put on. She should probably change her last name to “Stupid.” I mean, I could not believe that when she did the review for Frankie “The Bull’s” BBQ that she would actually have the audacity to tell people to bring their stash in a backpack when they haven’t even received their license for beer or wine. How ridiculous. And I’m telling you, you’re going to find yourself with a lawsuit if you continue to allow her to use such outlandish things. That was the most ridiculous, ludicrous, I don’t even think that there’s words to describe the dumbness of this person to put such rubbish.
And then, who’s minding the mint? Is there anyone who goes over and reads what she’s putting out before you even say, hey, this is okay? It’s not okay, and you’re going to have to start being more responsible for the people that you hire. I understand that there’s free speech and it’s a free newspaper, and I really do love the Reader dearly. We’re going to have to make some radical choices and some radical changes because this nonsense will allow people to lose their jobs and lose their businesses if you don’t watch out.
So please, think about it, and to be quite honest, she’s not that great of a reviewer. I think I could probably get my dog Rin Tin Tin to do a lot better than her. And also, I called Frankie “The Bull’s” BBQ and asked if they’d read what was written, and they were very, very upset. You don’t want a lawsuit. You, at least, want to be able to put the Reader out the way you’ve been doing, but not like this. Take care.
BBQ Needs A Do-Over
About House of BBQ aka Chicago House of BBQ — the ribs do fall off the bones, the pulled pork is heavenly, and the sauce divine (“Smoking or Non?” Restaurant Review, June 11)! We’ve been eating there weekly. Also, don’t forget to try Pete’s daily homemade soups, yummmmmm. We also enjoy the fact that our favorite kind of wine is remembered as well as our names when we walk through the doors. Ms. Wise, give this place another try. You might have been having an off day.
Lies And Slander
I read the Reader today and saw what you wrote about House of BBQ (“Smoking or Non?” Restaurant Review, June 11). I eat there all the time with friends and family, and I always recommend this place to everyone. This place has amazing barbecue. You made a comment about the pulled pork being dry and that it’s so hard you have to cut it because there is no way it was pulled. Well, let me say that we (my family and friends) call it Heaven on a Bun because it is delicious. It is tender. The coleslaw is homemade and out of this world; it is not over mayo. You also commented on paying $3 for bread to have with your dinner. They always give three pieces of garlic bread with all the dinners — never charge for extra bread if you ask — and a complimentary homemade cup of soup with all entrées.
This barbecue house has opened in tough times with this economy. God bless them and all the other restaurants that have the courage. Also, they have brought to us a menu with great prices, great-quality food, huge portions, and homemade delicious items on the menu.
I just want to voice my opinion on your review and tell you you’re wrong, and you will be getting more letters from House of BBQ fans emailing you and standing behind this restaurant. You should make an apology to this restaurant for slandering their name that way with lies. You can have an opinion, yes, but if you didn’t believe it was pulled you should have asked the chef to invite you in the kitchen and see for yourself before writing your review.
Also, one last thing, the ribs are not charred like you said; they are tender and fall off the bone. The barbecue sauces — house and spicy — are better than a lot of places’ out there now. (Won’t mention names.) We always ask for extra when we take home our leftovers. I like to end this with House of BBQ, five stars.
Tokeli is a truly great talent and now a bit of a visionary (“Free-For-All,” Blurt, June 11). Whether or not she is serious about offering her rather significant talents (I was at the show and blown away) for “free” or not, I can tell the readers that those of us in the entertainment business have been there and are doing that very same thing albeit kicking and screaming.
Not only did Napster and others eternally change the way prerecorded music has evolved as a business model a decade ago, VOD (video on demand) is now flirting with the very same concept of “free” with movies and favorite TV series. Check out the story in The Wrap on a new company, Zillion TV, that has just signed up a major studio and will offer their content free of charge. Putting aside the concept that if an artist is truly passionate about pursuing their craft, rewards will follow (with monetary hopes), this concept of “free” is here to stay and for those innovative enough to figure out a way to make that work, they will be the pioneers of the future.
All Tokeli needs is an audience to hear her music, and now there is no excuse for anyone to miss her amazing show. She will survive — go see for yourself!
Money No Object
Why in the world would you concern yourself with who paid for what for the Idol return (“Mad World,” Neighborhood News from Stringers, May 21)? That is ridiculous. Adam is a hometown guy and this is the article he gets for working so hard to make his town proud of him? You should be ashamed; it is a disgrace. Keep in mind the teachers salaries are ongoing — Adam was a one-time event. Big deal. If you had some positive articles running about this talented young man your hits on this site would be tremendous. I found this article to be very sad.
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Baloney Sighted Offshore
Regarding “Searching for San Diego’s Sea Turtles and a Job” cover story of April 30, I heartily laugh at all the letters of protest coming in on behalf of author Nasreen Atassi. I can spot a phony baloney a mile away! Last week’s letter from Misty bemoaning the deeper misunderstanding of Nasreen’s story and negative criticism of it was a crock. I bet that was Nasreen herself, writing the letter in defense of her questionable skills. Neil Allen of Normal Heights: Let’s call a spade a spade! Nasreen’s writing sucked — there were no layers of meaning or “unique view and style.” It was just plain bad. The Reader should know better than to publish shit like that when there are so many better authors out there (such as myself) with far better stories to tell. To add insult to injury, the Reader puts this dreck on the front page!
Now I am sure Neil Allen of Normal Heights and If do not wish to beat a dead horse or kick someone when they are down. Let’s suffice to say people are entitled to their opinions. But they should be sincere ones not hiding behind false names or friend’s emails. Nasreen, call off your dopey relatives and friends. Try and write something worthwhile next time. And no more letters that are obviously written, if not by you, then by your cousin!
In reading your article “Eyes on the Freeway” (Neighborhood News from Stringers, March 19), it’s apparent Caltrans may not be disclosing the entire story. I drive the stretch of the I-5 freeway from near the U.S. border to Carlsbad on a fairly regular basis, and these freeway solar-array–powered devices extend all the way to the border on both sides of the freeway, every few miles.
I hope the Reader will follow up on this story by contacting Caltrans and obtaining a list of venders (and their contact information) supplying the various components of these vehicle-detection devices. Perhaps then we will be able to ascertain for certain whether the information Caltrans is supplying the Reader is actually true. I have my doubts. I have photographed these devices numerous times and have noticed a company logo on some of what appears to be transmission units (as opposed to detector units): it is a stylized globe printed on a blue foil background of the earth outlined in white with white lines of latitude and longitude. Printed across what would be the equatorial region in bold white letters is “EIS” — maybe this information will be helpful in trying to identify what the actual purpose of these freeway devices are.
I would be pleased to supply any photos I have.
Normally, I love Naomi Wise’s well-written, thoughtful, and often entertaining reviews. However, this time I had to agree with her that “the state of local North African restaurants [in San Diego] came as a shock” (Restaurant Review, March 19). In fact, I am not surprised at all, since she seems to think that North Africa includes Ethiopia. I’d be shocked, too, having lived in Morocco, if I had gone to an Ethiopian restaurant expecting couscous bedaoui or chorba. North Africa is generally considered to include Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Sudan, and the Western Sahara, with Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya making up the Maghreb. While these countries have some dishes similar to those of Ethiopia, North African cuisine is quite distinct. If Ms. Wise is looking for a good local offering of Moroccan food, she need look no further than Kous Kous on Fourth in Hillcrest.
Geography aside, the review of Muzita Abyssinian Bistro is very informative, and we just might wander a bit out of the Maghreb for dinner soon.
Naomi Wise responds: Thanks for the input. You make a very valid point. I took the lazy way out under deadline, trying to lump in the Horn of Africa with the area north of the Sahara, when what I really meant was “northern sub-Saharan African.” (That’s too much of a mouthful.) Probably should just have said “African restaurants,” since as far as I know we don’t have any eateries from Nigeria, Kenya, etc., and our delightful, one-and-only South African restaurant regrettably closed a few years ago. And yes to Kous Kous — I am also a raving fan of their Moroccan food!
Help Us, Jerry
Re: “Black Canyon to Pamo Valley,” "Roam-0-Rama," February 12)
Jerry Schad, I noticed a story in today’s U-T about some of the squabbles surrounding completing the Coast to Crest trail in San Diego County. A trail like that would be a wonderful thing to San Diegans who are looking for long-distance trails without having to drive through the dreaded Inland Empire. Can you please keep us in the loop about its progress? What can we do to make it happen? I would love to hike it start to finish to commemorate its grand opening!
Jerry Schad responds: The squabble has to do with a section of the Coast to Crest Trail through the San Diego Polo Club at Rancho Santa Fe and centers on the exact usage of a section of public trail that is also used as a pony exercise track by the polo club. For information and construction updates on the entire 55-mile-long Coast to Crest Trail, which belongs to the San Dieguito River Park, visit sdrp.org/ trails.htm.
Incidentally, San Diego County has long been the home of the southernmost piece of the 2600-mile Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail (Pacific Crest Trail), which starts at the Mexican border at Campo and stretches north through California, Oregon, and Washington to the Canadian border. The last piece of that trail was completed in 1993.