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Karetnick used words like putrid, plain, odorous, stinky, soupy, and tough to describe the entrees. The food was bad, the service was bad, the setting was bad, the host was bad, and of course the waiter was bad. I'm surprised the valet didn't crash her car.

If everything happened the way Karetnick described it, this event could very well go down as one of the worst dining experiences in restaurant history. Either that or it should be made into a skit on Saturday Night Live. Frankly, the amount of exaggeration in the article killed its credibility. And the fact that New Times published it kills the paper's credibility.

Newspapers should be more careful about what they publish. Some people might be tempted to think that because they see it in print, it's true.

D. Lasa
Miami

Victor's: Perhaps a Vendetta?
In the many years I have been perusing New Times, I have never read such a derogatory article about any restaurant (and there are many that really deserve it). The language was indicative of some sort of vendetta.

Since the new owners reopened Victor's (a white elephant that a Miami politico hammered into Victor Del Corral's head), I have patronized it frequently and have never had the displeasures Ms. Karetnick had. In fact, the service and food have been very good, the new patrons are quite content, and the owners are always very attentive.

In short, I think the new owners will save Victor's.
Juan Valdes-Pages
Coral Gables

Victor's: Perhaps a Hidden Agenda?
My wife and I dine out at least four times a week, so you can imagine the degree of scrutiny on our part when it comes to judging a restaurant's service and, above all, its food quality.

I also realize that anyone can have a bad experience on any given day at any restaurant. When reading Jen Karetnick's article regarding her recent experience at Victor's Cafe, however, one cannot fail to detect a biased overkill in the way she described what appears to have been (to her) a horrible sequence of events.

Granted, I was not there, but having known [Victor's owner] Jose More for many years as an individual and as a great restaurant operator, it is hard for me to believe so many things went wrong that night without his detection and involvement. The article came across as an exaggeration at best, and at worst as a hatchet job for reasons known only to Ms. Karetnick.

I am the current president of the Hispanic American Business Association, and for the last three years we have held our monthly luncheons at Victor's. We have always enjoyed the hospitality, service, and without question great food. I submit personally and on behalf of the board of directors of the association that under Mr. More's administration, we are not missing one iota of the usual hospitality, service, and food quality so representative of Victor's.

Ms. Karetnick has the right to her opinion, but she also has a great responsibility as a journalist able to reach multitudes and to shape public opinion. I hope no hidden agenda motivated this article, which was uncharacteristic for New Times. It would be terrible for me to lose respect for a publication that has demonstrated many a time its character and most important, its fairness.

Tony Marin
Miami

Victor's: 60 Well-Known Professionals Can't All Be Wrong
My wife and I wholeheartedly disagree with Jen Karetnick's disparaging article. We recently hosted a party of 60 well-known professionals at Victor's Cafe and have dined there with friends on numerous occasions. The new owner, Jose R. More, was always on hand to greet us and extend a very warm welcome.

We and our friends have truly enjoyed the excellent quality of service, Cuban-American cuisine, refreshments, Spanish ambiance, and flavor of this outstanding restaurant and lounge.

Jonathan and Lilliam Johnston
Coral Gables

Victor's: Blame the Vintner
I was very surprised to read Jen Karetnick's article because I never thought someone would actually do harm to a person who has done nothing wrong.

Mr. Jose More does not make wine; he buys and serves wine in his restaurant. So of course there is a possibility the wine could have been spoiled, but Ms. Karetnick cannot blame him. He only purchased the wine, he did not make it. So if Ms. Karetnick would like to complain about the wine, she needs to call or write to the wine company that makes the wines.

I am the wedding specialist at A Matter of Taste catering, and my biggest problem is that potential customers who are holding their wedding parties at Victor's Cafe are threatening to cancel because they were very disturbed by the article. I strongly believe that before you write something that is going to ruin someone's reputation, you should think who else is going to be affected by such nonsense.

Lucia Alfonso
Coral Gables

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