We too could use some extra help in the kitchen, if Nigella Lawson so wanted to guide us through cooking Thanksgiving dinner. Although we probably don't enjoy it the same way as Phil Dunphy does on Modern Family.
Has someone been taking bartending lessons, we wonder? Because Mario Batali is really doing well with that muddler, while Jimmy Fallon just sort of gently prods his lemon and apple. Come on Fallon, get into that muddler!
Though the laws of restaurant physics state that a critic’s review can mean the life or death of a restaurant, sometimes those laws are broken. Sometimes a place remains open due to good service, rich clientele, or witch magic (we’re positive Bandolero exists because of Santería rituals). Sometimes sheer trendiness, celebrity love, and the perceived value that results can make a restaurant succeed. Hell, we’ll even admit to making a reservation now and then based on nothing but a restaurant’s recent buzz. Here, We’ve picked six restaurants that have notedly defied the odds, and the critics. What do they have that everyone else doesn’t? Probably money, a celebrity restaurateur, a former location that is beloved (or Santería).