Deal With It

Why Does Groupon Really Suck? Because It Makes People Eat at Bad Restaurants [TUMBLR]

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Ryan Sutton, food critic for Bloomberg News, can now add crusader to his resume. While the rest of us sit idly by, watching our inboxes fill up with offers to suspicious-sounding restaurants no one’s ever heard of and spas where we wouldn’t dare disrobe, Mr. Sutton is doing something about it.

Two months ago, he launched a Tumblr called The Bad Deal devoted to “highlighting BAD DEALS on Groupon, Gilt, Living Social, Savored and elsewhere,” in the hopes of saving consumers from “wasting their disposable income on crummy offers that are never redeemed.”

Exposing poor bangs for one’s buck is such a passion project for Mr. Sutton, that when Eater requested an interview about why he launched the site, he insisted on manning both the question and answer portion of the Q&A. We have to say, he really asked himself all the right questions. Read More

The Next Sam Sifton

Ricky Van Veen, Restaurant Critic

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Food52 and Eater.com are in the middle of a guerrilla restaurant run-off where a group of “mavens of pop culture” sample and judge 16 New York eateries in a series of head-to-head match-ups. In today’s installment, Ricky Van Veen of CollegeHumor and the studio Notional, which is behind the new cooking show Rocco’s Dinner Party, reviews two Asian restaurants in a conversational style, complete with suggestions for Zagat. Did you know Mr. Van Veen once considered opening a chain of Kaoh Soi restaurants? “In addition to being a food novice, I’m also a racist,” Mr. Van Veen writes in an early caveat. Read More