An Outside Look

New York Magazine’s restaurant blog Grub Street chimes in on the anonymity issue.

What makes the story especially satisfying, aside from the usual unmistakable air of Philadephia conflict, a city specialty akin to fame in L.A. or status in New York, is the comeuppance it provides LaBan, the worst of all American critics at preening his ridiculous disguises and costumes. We always found the idea of restaurant critics going out in disguise ludicrous, especially the famous ones, like Ruth Reichl or LaBan, whom everybody knew anyway.

Philadelphia’s Chief Critic Unmasked; Area Restaurants Say, ‘Who Cares?’ [Grub Street]