It's a cycle. The New York Times writes something cliche about the D.C. food scene. The D.C. media gets outraged about it. Repeat every six months or so.
jesus..dc may be a third tier food town, but this guy is the union station pizzeria uno of times stringers. http://t.co/SzaieydLxG— moe tkacik (@moetkacik) May 13, 2015
The latest source of indignation: a piece where writer Seth Kugel spends a $100 weekend in Washington. He visits the D.C. Ballers food truck, Farmers Fishers Bakers (because nothing says value like notoriously overpriced waterfront dining) and Gloria's Pupusas, among other haunts. It's not quite a New York Times D.C. Bingo winner, but it's in that vein.
How the New York Times effs up a food review of DC: spend a night in Silver Spring, but not eat a single meal there. http://t.co/yvhIbpuGWN— dan reed! (@justupthepike) May 13, 2015
Young & Hungry kicks off the reaction pieces with "The New York Times Fucks Up Another Visit to D.C." The article points out the Times' use of the D.C steakhouse cliche, its obligatory White House reference and its weird sojourn to La Mexicana in Alexandria.
Meanwhile, Washingtonian goes the constructive criticism route, designing its own $100 weekend itinerary with stops at places like Eden Center and DCity Smokehouse.