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Friday, November 16, 2018

After eating 300 hamburgers from 30 different cities, Thrillist's Kevin Alexander chose Stanich's in Portland, Oregon, as the best burger joint in America. Alexander writes that what happened next haunts him.

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the old law of unintended consequences or "the road to hell is paved with good intentions"

#1 | Posted by 1947steamer at 2018-11-16 03:03 PM | Reply

For anyone interested in reading that lengthy story the popup has a hidden white X in the upper-left corner, so don't give up hope.

Keven's anxiety has a simple remedy - and it's legal in Oregon.

I don't know what to feel. There is a reality about Steve's life that impacted the restaurant - his family sounds like a mess.

#2 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2018-11-16 03:13 PM | Reply

I've talked to two managers that were featured in DDD and they said it was the worst thing that happened to them.

#3 | Posted by JimDuncan at 2018-11-16 03:17 PM | Reply

I was in Portland a couple of months ago and noticed a lot of people under the influence. Most seemed to not have teeth. What causes that - meth?

#4 | Posted by JimDuncan at 2018-11-16 03:35 PM | Reply

Great article and a new perspective gained from the experience of the reporter. Great quote:
I've been asking myself what the other side of this looks like. How do I do this better? Is there a way to celebrate a place without the possibility of destroying it?

#5 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2018-11-16 04:13 PM | Reply

That is some mighty fine writing, and he raises good questions.

#6 | Posted by cbob at 2018-11-16 04:19 PM | Reply

If there was one main negative takeaway from the raging fires of food tourist culture and the lists fanning the flames, it was that the people crowding the restaurant were one time customers. They were there to check off a thing on a list, and put it on Instagram. They weren't invested in the restaurant's success, but instead in having a public facing opinion of a well known place. In other words, they had nothing to lose except money and the restaurant had nothing to gain except money, and that made the entire situation feel both precarious and a little gross.

#7 | Posted by schifferbrains at 2018-11-16 04:37 PM | Reply

The internet loves lists

Look up 10 or 20 best whatever, say British dramas or Cali burger joints, and you get a list. Only, you don't. You get one item per page, and have to click 10 times to see the list. It's insidious. I've stopped rewarding those practices with clicks.

#8 | Posted by nullifidian at 2018-11-16 04:47 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

So a guy tells liberals about a place, liberals show up and whine and the place has to shut down?

#9 | Posted by boaz at 2018-11-16 04:53 PM | Reply

--So a guy tells liberals about a place, liberals show up and whine and the place has to shut down?

That's why you should always diss places you like. Californians might show up.

#10 | Posted by nullifidian at 2018-11-16 04:59 PM | Reply

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I don't know how anyone read this article without committing to being on their mailing list and signing off on their non-negotiable terms of agreement.

#11 | Posted by bayviking at 2018-11-16 05:03 PM | Reply

I like the thought about food review writers trying places out, finding that the food experience is fantastic but realizing that a horde of attention would ruin the place, and having a secret collection of amazing restaurants.

#12 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2018-11-16 05:05 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"Look up 10 or 20 best whatever, say British dramas or Cali burger joints, and you get a list. Only, you don't. You get one item per page, and have to click 10 times to see the list. It's insidious."

Thanks, Capitalism!

#13 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-11-16 05:05 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

I don't know how anyone read this article without committing to being on their mailing list and signing off on their non-negotiable terms of agreement. #11 | POSTED BY BAYVIKING

Idk if it's different in mobile but there's a small x on the top left of the pop up to click

#14 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2018-11-16 05:09 PM | Reply

"So a guy tells liberals about a place, liberals show up and whine and the place has to shut down?" - #9 | Posted by boaz at 2018-11-16 04:53 PM

You stupid idiot.

It wasn't liberals who forced the place to shut down.

It was conservatives.

Everyone knows that conservatives eat hamburgers.

Liberals eat tofu.

#15 | Posted by Hans at 2018-11-16 05:46 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 2

#13 It's not capitalism, it's narcissism.

#16 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2018-11-16 06:20 PM | Reply

No, it's Capitalism.
Each new page is a chance to serve up new ads.

#17 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-11-16 06:21 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

It wasn't liberals who forced the place to shut down.

It was conservatives.

Everyone knows that conservatives eat hamburgers.

Liberals eat tofu.

Naw, it was liberals. But you got a NW anyway.

#18 | Posted by boaz at 2018-11-16 06:46 PM | Reply

#18

Yeah it probably was liberals who killed it, from what I have seen of most conservatives computers there are so many tool bars, pop-ups and redirects I'm quite sure they couldn't manage to read an entire list of anything without their browsers taking them to 10 different pages before they finished. :P

That said food tourism has been going on for over a century (think Michelin stars) it's just now the reach and volume is so much greater, the cost to travel so much less, attention spans so short and bad reviews so easy to write that I could really see how the impact could be like a tsunami. (sudden, over fast, but with major lasting impacts)

#19 | Posted by TaoWarrior at 2018-11-16 09:32 PM | Reply

Look up 10 or 20 best whatever, say British dramas or Cali burger joints, and you get a list. Only, you don't. You get one item per page, and have to click 10 times to see the list. It's insidious. I've stopped rewarding those practices with clicks.

#8 | Posted by nullifidian at 2018-11-16 04:47 PM | Reply | Flag:
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God, that irks the crap out of me. I refuse.

#20 | Posted by cbob at 2018-11-16 10:00 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Last I checked Whataburger is still open. That is the best burger imo.

#21 | Posted by byrdman at 2018-11-16 11:10 PM | Reply

Hodads in San Diego, CA.

Hands down.

#22 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood at 2018-11-17 07:27 AM | Reply

So a guy tells liberals about a place, liberals show up and whine and the place has to shut down?

#9 | POSTED BY BOAZ

Did you even read the article?

#23 | Posted by jpw at 2018-11-17 11:56 AM | Reply

If anything all this points to is the vanity of the social media age. People utterly immersed in building a facade online of bests, fake happiness and a well to do life.

Seriously, why else would you wait in line for 2 ---- hours for a burger?

#24 | Posted by jpw at 2018-11-17 11:58 AM | Reply

"It wasn't liberals who forced the place to shut down.
It was conservatives.
Everyone knows that conservatives eat hamburgers.
Liberals eat tofu."
Naw, it was liberals. But you got a NW anyway.
#18 | POSTED BY BOAZ AT 2018-11-16 06:46 PM

Float like arterial plaque and sting like artificial defribillation.

I feel there is intimation of a drug problem in the family, maybe related medical costs piling on top of poor communication. Investing in the new equipment was honestly unexpected. It feels like he could queue people unrelated to him ready to work at the snap of a sharpie.

It's not clear other than family is the heart of Steve's ache.

#25 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2018-11-18 05:48 AM | Reply

If anything all this points to is the vanity of the social media age. People utterly immersed in building a facade online of bests, fake happiness and a well to do life.
Seriously, why else would you wait in line for 2 ---- hours for a burger?
#24 | POSTED BY JPW AT 2018-11-17 11:58 AM

When I began learning about Japanese culture in the 1980's I was stunned to discover they have a sub-culture of street kids who act out as Elvis, or Elvii in elaborate 1950's style outfits. The leathers and pastel Vegas hipness, tunnel snakes and poodle skirts.. They will do the twist, everyone along the block synchronized. It's so weird. And more cool than I could ridicule, having a limited Elvis knowledge it seemed so specifically about iconism and entirely sliced out of time. But done with perfection. These people simultaneously introduced me to Urusokudoji which cannot be described without [insert demonic Nazi tentacle porn animation massacre series here]. They are also a cutting edge computer knowledgeable people before they were commonplace in the United States. Cutting edge application and technologies - the future was simultaneously deeply traditional Japanese such as a tea ceremony for gargantuan robots.

The chaji tea ceremony takes five hours.

#26 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2018-11-18 06:15 AM | Reply

I have to leave a musical link: "Their blood then take into us carries with it life. Their life, their knowledge, their complexity."

#27 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2018-11-18 06:31 AM | Reply

If anything all this points to is the vanity of the social media age. People utterly immersed in building a facade online of bests, fake happiness and a well to do life.

#24 | POSTED BY JPW

well said

#28 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2018-11-18 07:45 AM | Reply

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