Ryan Ashton 
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Re: “Big Bird's Burgers

Nathaniel writes something interesting:

"I have no problem with a niche restaurant, even a Christian-themed restaurant. But if your niche is going to be Jesus, don't expect this reviewer--or a medium-sized segment of the population--to feel welcome there. And if your niche is Jesus, you have no business serving pastrami and pupiks. Or jalapenos, for that matter. Well, maybe jalapenos."

Now, it's no surprise to me Boise Weekly would have liberal secularists reviewing things (most of the print media is liberal, and most of the North End of Boise, which I would assume the BW is geared for, is liberal) but the thinking here is off-kilter. I wonder what they'd think of Deli George, or Red Letter, if they saw any shred of faith being expressed. None of us should expect everyone to feel welcome every place (for instance, you'll see a flying snowball in hell before you see me enter Hooters or Chip n'Dales) but to say that someone is disqualified from making food (pastrami, pupiks, or otherwise) because their "niche is Jesus," then it's no wonder you're a food reviewer.

If you've ever seen Ratatouille, this particular piece of writing fits you perfectly I think: "In many ways, the work of a critic is easy. We risk very little yet enjoy a position over those who offer up their work and their selves to our judgment. We thrive on negative criticism, which is fun to write and to read. But the bitter truth we critics must face, is that in the grand scheme of things, the average piece of junk is probably more meaningful than our criticism designating it so. But there are times when a critic truly risks something, and that is in the discovery and defense of the new."

Something new is what you got, sir. If you can't appreciate that the motive for this business is more than the bottom line or a quick buck but a love for our community and a gift of hospitality, then you are of all people to be pitied. I hope at some point you can let go of that bitterness you have and simply enjoy the meal one of these days...

Posted by Ryan Ashton on 01/21/2010 at 11:45 AM

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