Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Last of the Weekend, Rockaway, and Why that Value Isn't One

Ran into a whole bunch of terrific food lovers at Sunday night's Chaine des Rotisseurs new membership party. Thanks to Jim and Cheryl Arnold for volunteering their lovely home and all the new member candidates who attended. A good time was had by all and I was reminded of quite a few great places I want to try in coming weeks.

With all the talk about the stadium tours this weekend, several folks reminded me about Basey's, the little beer bar that scored the great location in the Western shadow of Lucas Oil Stadium. It's primary feature is a huge back patio (complete with blue horseshoe, natch) perfect for watching the game -- on television at least.

In the meantime, here are a few additional interesting tidbits:

* Peter Romeo from NRN describes exactly what's happening in "value pricing" at upscale and mid-level chains. He also manages to explain why the super cheap bar menu at McCormick and Schmick's sucks so much. [The Scoop]

*Jeff at The Good Grape launches Rodney Strong's Rockaway wine campaign. Look for a post here tomorrow on allocation-only wines and how they work. In the meantime, keep an eye on this interesting blog experiment.

1 comment:

cyberdependent said...

After leaving the free tour on Saturday we happened upon Basey's after being turned away by some premature cover-charge collection from Spencer's down the street.

Funny how a multi-million dollar civic project can change the character of a place! What a score for the bar!

As far as Basey's itself, they at least had 312 on tap, although you see it so often that shouldn't be much of a plus. Still, a good atmosphere, to be sure!