There are so many goofy surveys out there and year-after-year we fall for ’em. Best city to party, retire, bike or find romance in. The fittest, fattest, funnest – there’s no shortage of topics. And usually it’s a magazine or website hardly anybody really reads that puts these local media magnets out in an effort to garner attention and try and remain relevant.
Long ago pretty much everybody figured out one of the best ways to make a splash is to put out a list that purports to bestow awards (however dubious) on as many different cities and towns as they can. Knowing that the local media will pounce on said surveys and act like they actually matter. You know, that we really are the best, worst or fattest.
Which leads to “water cooler talk” – whatever that actually is – with the zine or website the beneficiary.
Think of it as a variation on those ubiquitous “Best Of” awards handed out by the Pitch and about everybody else still in the print game. The difference being that passing out hundreds of blow jobs to local businesses who then post certificates evidencing said blow jobs for all to see, is a longer lasting schmooze.
The latest of these wondrous rankings by The Daily Meal – a website who’s slogan is “all things food and drink” – illustrates how unimportant and lame these things can be.
The Daily Meal’s questionable contribution: the “101 Best Restaurants in America”
None of which by the way are even located within 400 miles of Kansas City.
That’s right, on a website who’s Wikipedia page describes it as producing “original content and videos from editors, industry insiders, and the user community” and features “nine channels – Cook, Eat/Dine, Drink, Travel, Entertain, Best Recipes, Holidays, Lists and Community – and 24 city pages, including one for Kansas City, the Cowtown didn’t make the cut.
We’re nowhere to be found.
If it’s any comfort, neither did St. Louis, Omaha, Wichita or DesMoines, but still.
The Daily Meal’s message to cities like KC that didn’t measure up: hang in there”
“We realize that there are some 71 urban areas in the U.S. with populations of 500,000 and above, and though they’re full of restaurants, does every one of them have one or two places that can really be compared with America’s best? Maybe. But even today, probably not.”
Maybe we can slip in the back door next month in TDM’s list of America’s 50 Best Casual Restaurants, “the most amazing spots in the United States serving the ribs, red hots, pizzas, burgers, tacos, and other less expensive – but no less important or mouthwatering – dishes.”
Yeah, sounds like us – BBQ and tacos – Bono said it best, remember?
“The worst restaurant in San Francisco is better than the best restaurant in Kansas City.”