Guest host David Plotz on the state of restaurant service and the Gettysburg battlefield.

Something Is Wrong With the American Restaurant

Something Is Wrong With the American Restaurant

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
May 8 2015 5:46 PM

Restaurants These Days!

Guest host David Plotz debates the state of American fine dining with Grantland staffer, Pulitzer Prize–winner, and aggrieved diner Wesley Morris.

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On Day 3 of Mike’s vacation, guest host David Plotz of Atlas Obscura and Slate’s Political Gabfest welcomes Wesley Morris to air a few grievances about the state of American fine dining, including his dislike of pre-clearing, gratuitous cluster seating, restaurant uniforms, and being ignored.


Morris is a staff writer at Grantland and co-host of the film podcast Do You Like Prince Movies?

For the Spiel, there’s something fishy going on at Gettysburg.  

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