The Internet kind of blew up yesterday and today. Zagat released its list of the top five Pittsburgh restaurants. Without ever being here.
They instead, took the five highest rated national chains that have restaurants here. Which led to the Cheesecake Factory as being ranked one of the best Pittsburgh restaurants.
Justifiably, the Internet went apeshit.
They have since promised to come to Pittsburgh and actually eat at the amazing restaurants that we have, so hopefully we’ll get a new ranking soon. This will also mean that Pittsburgh will be pinging on the radar of foodies around the country.
The PG’s City Walkabout covers it here:
The take-away is that Zagat’s, if it ever was credible, is absolutely not now. This is corporate chamber of commerce drivel, like the tourist magazines in hotels that tell people about Pittsburgh attractions that you wouldn’t take even your least cool friends to in a million years.
If Zagats were staffed by reporters, they’d be fired for that failure.