Goody Gumbo: Restaurant Reviews Back in New Orleans

City's dining scene is coming back to life after Katrina
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 25, 2008 7:09 AM CDT
President Bush greets Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Mexican President Felipe Calderon as they arrive for dinner at Commander's Palace Restaurant in New Orleans, Monday, April 21, 2008.    (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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(Newser) – Nearly three years after Hurricane Katrina, the Big Easy finally has its restaurant reviews back, the New York Times reports. Judging that the city's famed eateries can now take the heat, the Times-Picayune has revived a ratings scale of 1-5 beans along with reviews. Many see the move as another sign the city is getting back on its feet.

Reviewers who ripped restaurants when they were struggling just to stay open were slammed for kicking the city when it was down. The return to the beans now in a more robust atmosphere is a welcome change from a time when the city barely had food. "If I started pontificating about whether the rabbit was up to snuff, I would have been missing the bigger story, which was about recovery," said a reviewer who's now back to his old job.