The growth and popularity of barbecue has brought with it more competition around all areas of the country. Some these locales are more recent with their improvements when it comes to crafting this delicious menu item and has given rise to the belief that such avid fans translate into better quality.
That led an online site, Munchies, to tweet about the rapid development of Brooklyn as a hotbed of barbecue, going so far as to state that it was taking over the world. Inevitably, those on social media took notice of the item and debated the merits of such a statement, with many taking issue that the New York borough has surpassed such havens as Texas, Kansas City and the South as a whole.
The restaurant used to make this claim was the Williamsburg-based Fette Sau, though the linked article that was included in the original tweet was nearly four years old. Besides the dated reference, some other social media users took issue with the photo included of the restaurant’s contribution to barbecue.
The photo included some pieces of meat, a pair of pickles, a pair of small rolls and a beer. The meat was considered to be below the quality that the more traditional venues serve to their customers. In addition, the simple fact that the pickles had not been sliced, a customary sight in barbecue-oriented restaurants, was pointed out. Finally, the presence of rolls indicated that sliced bread was usually what was offered to those seeking a sandwich.
There were also some more caustic responses, though the fact that Fette Sau continues to make its mark in the borough of Brooklyn will likely negate such disparaging remarks. In all likelihood, the rivalry with this particular meat will continue in the years ahead, with personal opinion the ultimate judge.
Schnitzel Haus, a German restaurant in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, has started an uproar among its customers since last week. The restaurant has displayed a signed head shot and letter from Donald Trump on its wall for over a decade, but customers finally took notice last week after a negative Yelp review. The review compared displaying the photo to “having a picture of Hitler” and after much backlash, owners Amber and Fred Urban removed the head shot.
Despite the fact that they took the photo down, critics still were not satisfied. The Urbans received angry phone calls from all over the nation. After a number of lengthy phone arguments that did nothing for either party, Schnitzel Haus’s owners decided they could not win no matter what they did. In a plot twist straight out of a soap opera, the Urbans decided they would not be bullied by their customers and returned the photo of Trump to its long time spot on the wall. “At the end of the day, it’s our restaurant, and it’s our right and privilege to have it up,” said Amber Urban. “It’s not up to others what we can and can’t do.”
As was to be expected, the photo was defaced the very day it was returned to the wall, with lipstick devil horns smeared onto the glass frame. In an interview with the Brooklyn Paper, Amber Urban was clearly frustrated and annoyed, complaining “It’s a picture on the wall, for God’s sake. Don’t people have better things to do?” In our digital age when news can spread across the country in a matter of minutes, her critics would probably respond “No.”