He's really knowledgeable about old school New Orleans dining. I've read a couple of his books, and they were very good.
He can be a pompous arse to people who call into his show.
And although I don't agree with a food critic selling advertising, I'm not so sure that he's biased. Andrea's is a big advertiser with him, and I've seen him give him not so good reviews after eat club dinners there.
I've been to a couple of his eat club dinners, and had a good time. Not because he was there, but because it was a great dinner, amazing value, and I met other foodies.
I tend to think he's behind the times with always suggesting the same places, and it seems that he doesn't get out enough and try new places.
I was on his old message board for years and was always entertained.
With all of that being said, after one incident, I don't trust his reviews anymore. There was a restaurant that had been open maybe a month or so. He put it on one of his top top 10 lists (not positive which one it was...but I'm almost positive it was burgers) with a little blurb about how good it was. I was very surprised because one of his huge rules is not to go to a restaurant until it's been open for 6 months. I sent him an email inquiring about it. He'd either broken his rule, or he didn't eat there. He admitted to me he had not been to the restaurant and that his daughter had been and said it was good and he trusted her opinion. That's fine and great that he trusts his daughter's opinion, BUT he's a food critic and representing his reviews and opinions as his own. I don't go to his site to see what his 15 year old daughter thinks...especially when it's not noted that the opinion is hers, and he didn't even eat there. I go to read his opinion.
To me, that just really skated the line of honesty and rubbed me the wrong way. I never viewed him the same after that.
This post was edited on 6/24 at 8:40 am