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July 25, 2009



These "awards" are bought and paid for by the restaurants which earn the award. It costs $250. A couple of fellows sent in a bogus wine list for a non-existent restaurant and were, for $250, given an Award of Excellence.

The scam was unveiled at a conference of wine industry economists last year.
Here's a link to an article on the Los Angeles Times website:


More restaurants in Burlingame would be able to boast of a Spectator award if they would simply pay to play.


Nectar is definitely one of the best lists in town. I don't eat at Il Fornio so I won't comment. What else would you put on top? Ecco is a good list but small and very traditional. Mingalaba has a better list than I expceted but the spices don't pair well. Broadway Grill is a joke.


Tonight was the Nectar closing party and it was a riot. The place was shoulder to shoulder with locals, see-and-be-seen socialites, a table of Franklin School teachers (on vacation) and Chris and Joe holding down the bar. With the warm weather, the sun shining and the elixir flowing at retail or cheaper prices, Nectar went out with a bang. Who will step in and take over?

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