Food is a four letter word

The Heavy Table has been getting a little bit of guff over their use of some naughty language in a story.
In a write up on The Gopher Bar opens up with

“Fuck you,” says the guy behind the counter. “I’m not talking to you. Fuckin’ middle of lunch.” Behind him a grill covered wall-to-wall with charred hot dogs and buttered buns sizzles and spews a cloud of smoke so thick it’s audibly choking the overhead exhaust fan. The guy takes a swig from a bottle of Bud, sets it back down next to a pack of Marlboro Reds, and squints at us like we’re wearing panties on our heads. “Talk to my wife.”

The post then goes on to capture the crude language of the owners while describing the bar’s atmosphere in scary detail.
Some of the commenters disagree

Peter says:
03/01/2010 at 6:49 AM
I don’t think this piece is appropriate to Heavy Table. Being barraged with the profanity-laden quotes of a bar-keeper isn’t food journalism.

while my favorite comment comes from

Max “Bunny” Sparber says:
03/01/2010 at 9:21 AM
The owner is a world-class crank — the one and only time I went, the bar was loaded with anti-immigration slogans and related expressions of pure assholishness. The service was likewise belligerent and poor, the drink selection miserable, and the food half-assed. Places like this would close except, I presume, other miserable people who have been 86ed from every other bar for their sheer douchiness have found it and continue to support it. I imagine they spend a lot of time there aggravating and abusing each other, and think they are rebels and heroes for doing so.

Well, at least the bar serves an important function: It’s like flypaper for jerks.

Wait. He is talking about The Gopher and not having Mnspeak flashbacks, right?

As for my thoughts on the article I think the language usage in true to the establishment and I have no problems with the occasional swear. The best thing about the review is the amazing drawings, check them out.


3 Comments so far

  1. Robert Moffitt (justpbob) on March 2nd, 2010 @ 11:01 am

    “I have no problems with the occasional swear” No ##@*? Gopher Bar owner George K. is a lot less interesting than some folks seem to think. Just another crude, loudmouth jerk, who happens to make a mean coney. Max is right that the service is terrible, as are the watered-down, overpriced drinks. Order those dogs to go and eat them with better company.

  2. David (jacc) on March 2nd, 2010 @ 11:13 am

    The last place that I worked the owners would order the dogs to go and we’d eat them in the break room. They are tasty.

  3. Robert Moffitt (justpbob) on March 2nd, 2010 @ 11:58 am

    Great. Now I want a coney from the Gopher Bar….

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