The Inquirer reports a negative review from Philadelphia Weekly helped bring the popular Gordon Ramsay show Kitchen Nightmares to town to fix the Hot Potato Café:
There's actually plenty of drama, real and possibly, um, processed, at the Hot Potato, where, we're told, a bad review from Philadelphia Weekly had hurt the spud-centric restaurant's business and led the owners to call in Ramsay.
"I'm just so frustrated. Somebody's got to do something here. We're dying," says Claire, who's going to be made to feel worse before she feels better - especially after Ramsay discovers the place has been reheating 3-week-old potato skins straight from the freezer.
It's best, they say, not to see how the sausage gets made, and the same, it seems, goes for the shepherd's pie and potato soup, but those who think of Philadelphia as a pretty good restaurant town may cringe at the direction the spotlight's taking here.
Food critics who strive not to be recognized at the restaurants they're reviewing also may cringe at the decision by a Philadelphia Weekly writer to be filmed on a repeat visit, but his editors may be mollified by Ramsay's suggestion that it's "an influential newspaper . . . [that] closes restaurants, and makes them successful."
Read our original review.
Brian McManus visited Hot Potato Cafe in 2007 and found the food, as you can read below, less than desirable. He was invited back after Gordon Ramsay's retooling of the restaurant and menu. His review of that trip will appear tomorrow in advance of the third season premiere of Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares at Hot Potato Cafe.
PW's Brian McManus reviewed the Hot Potato Cafe in the summer of 2007. He didn't like it. In May of last year he was invited back by the producers of 'Kitchen Nightmares' after a relaunch spearheaded by curse-happy Scotsman and world renown chef Gordon Ramsay. The review that follows is for his return visit. The Hot Potato Cafe episode of Kitchen Nightmares aired Friday. Watch the video while you're reading the review.