Why The Feast's Rankings Are So Messed Up

It sure took a long time for The Feast Miami to get its website together, enough to take off the BETA tag, but apparently it wasn't long enough to figure out how to rank restaurants properly. I mean, when P.F. Chang's and Norman's 180 take up two of your top three "epic" restaurant spots, something isn't right.

The rankings are based on reader reviews and "critic reviews" -- the latter usually only The Miami Herald, sometimes along with The Sun-Sentinel and one minor blogger or another. Gee, seems as though somebody's reviews are missing....

I'll manage, in time, to get over the personal slight. But in a city with just two print newspaper restaurant reviews, you'd think Miami New Times would be included if just to give a wider perspective for Feast's readers.

For instance, had they figured in New Times' reviews, maybe Michael's Genuine would have been able to get that extra crucial point or two needed to break its current deadlock with Shorty's BBQ. Or perhaps Randazzo's Little Italy (91) wouldn't be ranked so much higher than Hiro's Yakko San (76) and Hakkasan (78).

Maybe they would have caught on that Neal Cooper sold the "epic" Il Migliore years ago. Or that Au Pied de Cochon shouldn't be considered our 31st best restaurant, if only because it's been closed for so long. Interestingly, Pied just nipped out Cape Cod Room, which is also long-shuttered. Why do I suddenly get the feeling that Feast's pick for best restaurant next week will be Pacific Time?

Feast, admit it: You need our help.

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Contact: Lee Klein