What's the Most Overrated Food of 2012 So Far?
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This year, it seems like we've seen more Angus beef, truffles, mesclun greens, and bacon on restaurant menus than ever before. And despite some food trends never seeming to die out (cupcake, anyone?), are there any eats in 2012 Valley chefs and restaurateurs would dub the most overrated thus far? I asked a few, and here's what they had to say.
Bacon has definitely jumped the shark. It's great and all, but really I prefer a small boutique ham, a whole roasted pig, tender, slow-cooked pork butt, or any number of other cuts. Bacon just has that pedestrian appeal that people have sort of claimed as "cool."
Still pork belly. I am dead sick of pork belly. That's followed closely by beef cheeks and the more obscure forms of offal.
The most overrated food of 2012, or ever, is foie gras. I know I just made the chefs reading this cringe. I have a friend who is upset because they banned the use of foie gras in California because it is not humane to raise [the animals for foie gras]. I personally have no problems with this.
Food trucks. Sure, most of it might be "gourmet fast food," and there are some really fantastic dishes that trucks come up with, but it's becoming saturated and the ideas of names and what to serve is crashing a once creative business concept. With that, the integrity of food and flavors get diminished.
Sushi. It's not what it used to be, and it's very hard to get the best quality. Thank you, Walmart!