1. Who loves Pie?
2. West Coast Foods Go East:
Blue Bottle Coffee (from San Francisco) opens in Midtown, Manhattan.
3. Seeing Stars:
Pete Wells says the New York Times will keep its star system for restaurant reviews, and persuasively explains why.
4. Get in Line:
Eater National tells you how to get into the “tough door” of Franklin Barbecue in Austin. (If I ever get to Austin, this will be my first stop, after reading about it in the Central Texas BBQ issue of Art of Eating.) What’s the strategy? Get in line at 9am (two hours before opening) and bring some snacks and coffee! (Now, doesn’t it seem easier to get into Serious Pie? And we have 2 locations!)