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Epic Takedowns


In a review for Karen Brooks' upcoming book, The Mighty Gastropolis, former employer Willamette Week gets nostalgic for Brooks' "younger, meaner days," in which the restaurant critic could deliver a truly juicy smackdown. Examples from Brooks' 30-year career: "What this place calls fried calamari with cocktail sauce, the rest of the world calls fried rubber bands with Heinz 57" (Harborside Restaurant, 1986); "Some restaurants are not just merely bad, they are triumphantly so" (Cobras and Matadors, 2005). [WW]