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Re: “Barbacoa Brims with Bombast

Oh for heaven's sake radiohead - sounds like you don't know Mexi-kitsch when you see it, because that is just not an accurate description of Barbacoa. Not by a long shot. You don't need to like the decor, whether or not it is provided by local artists, but there was no need for Mr. Hand to make his dislike of the decor ethnic - especially since it simply isn't Mexi-kitsch.

I am sure that I am not the only who does not appreciate your gratuitously condescending suggestion that those objecting to Mr. Hand's review should visit other cities with greater restaurant choices! I think you can be local and know a good restaurant when you see one, and speaking for myself I am not a native and have been to very fine restaurants in numerous U.S. cities as well as in Europe. Friends visiting here from California have been very impressed with Barbacoa. You can dislike Barbacoa for its food and decor if you want, but you really don't need to sneer at those who disagree with you. This review did not provide anyone who has not been to Barbacoa a fair or accurate description of the restaurant.

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Posted by DJChrist on 02/06/2011 at 5:32 PM

Re: “Barbacoa Brims with Bombast

Some of the recent comments supporting this review mystify me. How is Barbacoa's food not "serious"? It is very good and on a par with what I consider to be the best restaurants in town - Red Feather, Chandler's and Berryhill, just to name a few. It is definitely not "bar food."

But I have to add to my prior comments. Even as a non-Hispanic, I am offended by Mr. Hand's reference to the decor in Barbacoa as "Mexi-Kitsch." So now he is an art critic? The term Mexi-Kitsch doesn't even remotely apply to Barbacoa's decor and art work, and it is really an insult to the entire Boise art community who provided works of art, and Mr. Castoro is to be applauded for utilizing local artists as he has done. Some might regard Mr. Hand's use of this term as borderline racist, but at the very least it is politically incorrect and in incredibly poor taste, and really is not the type of comment Idaho needs. This review is off base all around, and an embarrassment to the Boise Weekly and should never have been printed.

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Posted by DJChrist on 02/06/2011 at 3:01 PM

Re: “Barbacoa Brims with Bombast

Boise Weekly please remove this review and send someone who knows how to review a restaurant! The Boise Weekly is too hip to let this totally off-base and mean-spirited review stand for one of the best and probably the most fun restaurant in Boise!

We have been to the new BarbaCoa three times, and have had the hot rock steak twice. It is undoubtedly the best steak we have ever had and therefore the best in town. Did the poor baby get splattered and his sweater dirtied? Well it never happened to us, and if it did we wouldn't have been so mean-spirited and Scrooge-like to give a nasty review just because the poor waitress must have been a bit clumsy.

I think the food at BarbaCoa is terrific, including the biggest shrimp cocktail I've ever had, the wonderful mini tacos, the baked salmon and especially the table-side guacamole made while you watch. And the drinks are terrific - try the lemon-drop martini in an ice glass. Yes there is lots of show as well, and that is all part of the experience. If you don't like the show, then don't go, but don't pan a wonderful restaurant because you seemingly prefer a geriatric-oriented eatery with a predictable menu. It is sort of like going to a Harry Potter movie and complaining that you don't like a movie about magic.

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Posted by DJChrist on 02/06/2011 at 12:41 PM

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