March 24, 2005

Pretention Quotient Peterb Remix

by peterb
For the record, here's my list applying the criteria that psu sets out.

Food Not Great Food Good or Great
Not Pretentious Chiodos, Dee's Hot Dog Shop, The O Il Piccolo Forno, Rose Tea, Tram's Kitchen
Pretentious Le Pommier, Mallorca, Cafe Sam, Church Brew Works. Baum Vivant, Chez Gerard

As a special case, as far as I'm concerned, if your menu says "hominy polenta" instead of "grits," you are automatically placed in the "pretentious / food not great" category. Posted by peterb at March 24, 2005 09:04 PM | Bookmark This


It is terribly convenient of you to have listed Le Pommier. I've been considering trying it, but now, perhaps, I will not.

Posted by Laura at March 24, 2005 10:34 PM

And before I forget it, a thought that -- yes -- I *did* have long before I read today's articles:

Tea Leaves: Very tasty. Colossally pretentious.

Like I said, it's not a negative for me. :)

Posted by Andrew Plotkin at March 24, 2005 10:58 PM


I can only talk about Le Pommier based on my experience. The last time I bothered to go, it was absolutely average, but with the added bonus that they made me feel guilty for being there. I have heard it's under new management but I'm not willing to risk it again. Perhaps you can take a hit for the team, and report back?

Posted by peterb at March 25, 2005 09:52 AM

I had been thinking about giving Pommier another chance. The last time we went we got a warm goat cheese salad that ended up being stale greens, stale toast, and cold cheese that tasted like paste.

But, looking at their menu online, I see this

Tofu Exotique
Seared Tofu Steak with Mild Red Curry Sauce with Coconut Milk, Enoki Mushroom, Sugar Snap Peas & Cilantro
Served over Jasmine Rice with Roasted Peanuts $20.00

So I think the place can be rejected out of hand.

Posted by psu at March 25, 2005 11:06 AM

What's the connection between Piccolo Forno and Regina? I see they've taken over Regina's former Lawrenceville spot. Same owner, different name? New owner/new menu?

Posted by a. at March 26, 2005 06:11 PM

The new owner/manager is the son of the owner of Il Picolo Forno in the Strip, who is a good friend of the owner of Regina, who wanted to close the Lawrenceville location.

Posted by psu at March 26, 2005 06:30 PM

Baum Vivant has unfortunately closed effective 12/31/06. The good news is that award winning Executive Chef Sean Carlson and his fine staff have moved just a few blocks away to Sunnyledge Boutique Hotel In Shadyside. Pittsburgh's finest contemporary Mediterranean cuisine continues !!

Posted by zimmy at January 12, 2006 07:59 PM

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