, the excellent, pedigreed burger joint on Foster Road that has been widely reviled
in media other than this paper
, has won its first national praise: Bon Appetit
named the kid-friendly diner one of the "top 10 new burger spots" in the country.
Speaking of new burger spots, Violetta
, Dwayne Beliakoff's "fast slow food" restaurant in Director Park, finally opened over the weekend. I say "finally" because Beliakoff faced the unusual setback of a kitchen explosion
. Our publisher stopped by and sampled a Random Order Bakery
fruit hand pie. He gave it high marks.
Also opening over the weekend: Lucky Strike
, the city's hottest (literally and figuratively) Szechuan restaurant, has completed its move from 122nd Avenue and Powell Boulevard to 3862 SE Hawthorne Blvd., in the building that houses the Hawthorne Theatre. The new digs make it much easier for pepper-junkies west of I-205 to get their fix, but if the restaurant keeps up its old habits (irregular hours, slow service, regularly running out of half the menu), they can expect plenty of dickish online reviews from eaters who don't find such traits endearing. Also, this: