Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Restaurant Sues Critic in High Steaks Showdown

The owner of Chops, a Bala Cynwyd (PA) steakhouse, is suing Philadelphia Inquirer food critic Craig LaBan after he made an error in a brief review of another eatery. While writing up Fleming's in Radnor, LaBan wrote that the strip steak he had at Chops was "miserably tough and fatty."

Which is all fine, well and good except for the fact that LaBan – even by his own admission – didn't have a strip steak. He had a steak sandwich minus the bread. When Chops owner Alex Plotkin called LaBan about the mistake the critic admitted he'd made an error and invited the owner to participate in an online forum about the mistake, but refused to print a retraction.

2 comments:

Fairfax said...

There was something in the New York Times about this today.
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/07/dining/07lega.html?th&emc=th

Dan said...

You can also follow the ongoing Chops/Laban saga at PhilaFoodie, a great blog I discovered while reading more about the story.