Reader: The people of Denver deserve better than Westword

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Mark Manger
Lou's Food Bar opened in late December in northwest Denver.
The comments just keep coming about Laura Shunk's review of Lou's Food Bar -- although often the comments have less to do with Lou's than they do with its owner, Frank Bonanno, or the Denver food scene in general, or Westword's coverage of that food scene in particular.

For example, Ralph Baxter offers this:


Fuck off Calhoun and quit making excuses for your piece of shit publication. What's your excuse for giving La Fuente best breakfast burrito? You chunks of shit don't do real reviews and the people of Denver deserve much better. The fact is, you assholes get paid for advertising and your reviews are biased as fuck...

In an earlier post in the same string, Baxter had pronounced that he's "ready for Shunk's fucking job because like Sheehan, the bitch doesn't deserve it! and Denver deserves better!..." But while Ralph certainly displays a penchant for profanity he shares with many Westword writers, he doesn't follow instructions well.

As I noted in that string, I'd like to publish some of the comments about the Lou's review in our print edition -- but the authors need to e-mail me at patricia.calhoun@westword.com, so I can verify their identity. And by the way, that e-mail address works for anyone who'd like to discuss any Westword policies with me. Or you can always call 303-296-7744.

In the meantime, happy reading and eating...

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Lou's Food Bar

1851 W. 38th Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant


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17 comments
Claire
Claire

I read restaurant reviews -- Westword, the Denver Post, the once-upon-a-time Rocky Mountain News, 5280 Magazine, the Boulder Daily Camera (where yet another new critic debuted this week). I read local food blogs, and I hope people read mine (culinary-colorado.com). I listen to restaurant and food shows on the radio when I can. Whether I agree or not, whether I have ever been or ever will eat at the restaurant in question, I usually find something interesting or amusing. I find nothing interesting or amusing in Ralph Baxter's adolescent choice of words in disagreeing with your breakfast burrito choice. No individual and no publication nees an "excuse" for an opinion.

TR
TR

I have to agree that the quality of writers on the Westword staff has declined over the pastseveral years, the change from Sheehan to Shunk being certainly the most anguishing.

Cook1
Cook1

Agreed.The Westword, not including the concert schedules, is completely useless. Not one time do I recall wanting to read, let alone complete, any article ever in this horrible publication. I read it of necessity because there isn't any other free publication available, except The Onion which is much superior. If you want an entertaining free publication check out thestranger.com Its great, even enjoyable for someone who does not live in Seattle. I am a Denver restaurant cook and have decided not discuss the restaurant reviews, they are absolutely baloney. 

eldaveablo
eldaveablo

People are going to complain... whatever. If it's a free paper, they will complain about the advertisers getting more credit than they deserve... if they pay for the paper (does anyone pay for the paper anymore?), they will complain it's not worth the money and they could do better. 

If you hate the paper so much, stop reading it. Regardless, just shut up. 

I may not always agree with Westword, but they are alright in my book. Miss Sheehan though. 

Lilastarstruck
Lilastarstruck

I do always wonder why certain restaurants get rated "best of" in the Westword. The Westword publishes their "votes," and leaves a small link for the "reader's choice" on the side. Quite frankly, it doesn't matter. When the Westword voted El Camino to have the best nachos in Denver, my friends and I set out to discover why. Honestly, they weren't as good as The Hornet, and we haven't gone back to El Camino since. But, it was a great time anyway. When I read the review of Lou's, we decided to try it for ourselves. Decent, but not worth the price. Again, we just enjoyed trying something different from the usual neighborhood joint.

Good reviews will bring us eaters out to try the food; bad reviews bring us eaters out to try the food. Publicity is publicity... Unless Calhoun reports a bout of food poisoning later on. Then we won't go.

(also, I'm sure that if Robert got Calhoun's job, he would probably end up giving a poor review to someone's favourite restaurant. And then that someone (equally profane) would probably demand his job. what a boring cycle to be in.) 

Dave Morrell
Dave Morrell

Food is subjective. I love Indian food, some of my friends think it is "spicy vomit". You'll never agree BUT if I see a good review of a new place, Im gonna try it and make my own mind up ( call me old fashioned but I wouldnt loudly criticize anything without trying it first - well except mass murder or the ukulele ). I dont agree with some of Westword's "best of" - McDs for fries??? Soicher ( dont get me started ) ?? but read any lists and you'll disagree. Go out, eat, enjoy, discuss.

Sean Kenyon
Sean Kenyon

Is there any way we can get Ralph Baxter involved in Cafe Society on a regular basis? This guy is entertaining, intelligent and has an amazing command of the english language. I'd read him every day...

Estires
Estires

I am stunned to read that Shit is available on a menu here in Denver! World Class to be sure, thanks for the recommendation Ralph, but I will be declining due to....health....concerns...

Harvey
Harvey

If Ralph Baxter can only come up with "piece" and "chunks,"  he clearly lacks the vocabulary and imagination to be your restaurant reviewer.  How about;

fillet of shit;pommes de shit;brandade of shit;and my personal favorite...cannelle of shit.

I'm available with or without my spoons.

GFTW
GFTW

Ahahahaha.... WestWord: The best site to read while eating popcorn!

Richard Melick
Richard Melick

Don't worry Westword.  I will continue to read your publication, even with the slightly off-kilter food reviews.  Anything to get away from 5280 Magazine and their "pay to be top listed" policies

GFTW
GFTW

Hopefully Patricia Calhoun posts her telephone conversation with him! :P

GFTW
GFTW

Isn't there a French word for "shit"??

Jennifoodie
Jennifoodie

"your reviews are biased as fuck..." Restaurantreviews are educated opinion pieces, and by their very nature biased, but thisis not a negative concept.

I was thinking about a tarte flambée a la shit, which could be easily preparedby substituting loose stool for the crème fraiche. Chunks of shit are sodéclassé.

Harvey
Harvey

There is, but I take Ralph Baxter as a shit purist.  Besides, fusion is just too trendy for me.

GFTW
GFTW

WW: One step above Two Girls One Cup! :P

Jennifoodie
Jennifoodie

And dear Mr. Baxter...I'm blaming you on price spikes in the global pharmaceutical market. I'm sure your monthly supply of antipsychotic medication ain't cheap, but try switching to generic because the co-pays are lower, and your bus-trip-down-Colfax level rants will mellow down to the occasional neuroleptic grunt.

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