Restaurant Critic Roundup: Good Ideas 'Take Tumbles' in Execution

Every week, The Daily Meal rounds up a slew of restaurant reviews across America

As always, the ratings range from stars to bells to beans, but every review offers specialized insight into the food, atmosphere, and service of eateries in each city’s dining scene and the critics eating at them.

In Washington, D.C., "good ideas take a tumble in the execution," at Equinox, where "good ingredients are sometimes disrespected," and pleasant enough plates "fail to impress in a world capital." Overall, "almost all dishes could use more editing." 

San Francisco's new Amber Dhara gets a "bomb" for noise rating, classified as too loud for conversation. The overall rating and food rating fared about the same, as the restaurant was awarded only one star. 

Stunted promise is found at Boston's "City Landing," where main dishes and deserts fail to live up to their titles. However, all hope is not lost, as "in many ways, the restaurant is off to a strong start. Now the meals demand a stronger finish."

From the East Coast to the West Coast, from North to South, the weekly restaurant critic roundup is here for all of your dining out needs.

Restaurant Critic Roundup: 10/17/2012

Critic Publication Restaurant Rating
Devra First The Boston Globe City Landing 2 stars
Jonathan Gold The Los Angeles Times Starry Kitchen  
Victoria Pesce Elliott The Miami Herald SuViche 2.5 stars
Michael Kaminer The New York Daily News Miss Lily's  
Pete Wells The New York Times Blanca 2 stars
Michael Bauer The San Francisco Chronicle Amber Dhara Bomb
Tom Sietsema The Washington Post Equinox 1.5 stars

 Check out last week’s Restaurant Critic Roundup.


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