Restaurant Critic Roundup: Name Means Everything from New York to California

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

This week in New York City, reviews highlight restaurants with intriguing names. Pete Wells reviews Nougatine, a title he declares suggests "a shop that sells chocolates or lingerie or maybe both." Stan Sagner assesses Do or Dine, where the atmosphere "may seem laidback, but no one is kidding about the food."

In California, American Oak  in San Francisco benefits from a much-needed rebranding; and Industriel  in Los Angeles is chastised for its décor, described in the review as "a restaurant that can leave a certain kind of person sputtering with rage."

Devra First is skeptical of how new Japanese charcoal-grilling spot, Yakitori Zai, will fare with the trendy Boston crowd. It's authenticity may be a little much for the area, with diners expecting presentation and sushi-catered menus. 

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: 9/7/2012

Critic Publication Restaurant Rating
Devra First The Boston Globe Yakitori Zai 2.5 stars
Jonathan Gold The Los Angeles Times Industriel  
Victoria Pesce Elliott The Miami Herald The Meatball Joint 2.5 stars
Stan Sagner The New York Daily News Do or Dine  
Pete Wells The New York Times Nougatine 2 stars
Nicholas Boer The San Francisco Chronicle American Oak 3 bells
Providence Cicero The Seattle Times Green Leaf 2 stars
Tom Sietsema The Washington Post Tacos El Chilango  
Ricardo Baca The Denver Post Root Down  
Eric Doksa Charleston City Paper Pane e Vino  

 Check out last week’s Restaurant Critic Roundup.


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