Originally Posted by SFC415
Many of the good Asian and Latino restaurants that couldn't afford rent any longer in SF have disappeared from the city and have been replaced by trash white-washed restaurants that charge double/triple for the same type of food and lure in customers with a nice or hipster decor. The new restaurants can survive because all the Midwesterners with no taste buds have moved into the neighborhoods and do things like pay $10 for a garbage banh mi sandwich, when you can get the real thing (which tastes 100x better) for $3-4 in the South and East Bay.
I literally never go out to eat in SF anymore, even though I still live only 20 mins away after moving out.
I've been saying this for years....the proliferation and appropriation of ethnic cultures by American chefs is the problem.
This culture vulturing of Viet/Mexican/etc cuisines is sort of like gentrification when the yuppies start moving in. It's a sign that things will never be the same.
They steal the food culture, charge outrageous prices (but they can, because their clientele will eat it up), and never contribute or donate anything back to the culture they stole from.
Then, when the fad runs its course, all that's left in the wake are closed restaurants. I don't feel bad at all.
I called out so many "celebrity" chefs in Chicago on social media, and none of them even had any type of replies to my inquiries. They'll continue to pillage other ethnic cultures and won't give a damn thing back as per the usual.
I'm talking to you RICK BAYLESS, STEPHANIE IZZARD, ANDY RICKER, etc.