First, I owe you an explanation of what happened with last week’s Roulette. Quite simply, the News & Observer is short of editors, and they made a mistake by saying Greg Cox would be reviewing Angelina’s Kitchen. Yes, Cox wrote a small piece about the restaurant, but it wasn’t the subject of his review. Cox was very kind and actually called to explain the mix-up to me. He didn’t place blame on the editors — I did — as this type of mistake has become fairly common. The quality of the writing in the food sections is as good or better than ever, but the editing quality has dropped dramatically.
Now, onto this week’s competition, when Greg Cox reviews the new darling of the authentic Chinese afficionados, Gourmet Kingdom in Carrboro. Originally, this was another indistinguishable Chinese buffet place, but over the last several months, apparently due to new ownership, a major transformation has occurred. Gourmet Kingdom now focuses on authentic Sichuan, and it is apparently the darling of the foodie world, even hosting a Chowhound get-together.
Knowing that Greg Cox loves authentic ethnic joints, I suspect he’ll really like this one. Although the atmosphere of Gourmet Kingdom may not be all that great, the quality of the food may push this place into 4-star realm. That’s my bet, anyhow.
5 stars — 50 to 1
4.5 stars — 20 to 1
4 stars — 3 to 2
3.5 stars — 2 to 1
3 stars — 4 to 1
2.5 stars — 12 to 1
2 stars — 25 to 1
1 to 1.5 stars — 100 to 1
Have you been to Gourmet Kingdom? If so, what are your thoughts? What’s your bet on Greg Cox’s rating?