A long time ago, Pop’s was a really hip restaurant owned by hipsters, visited by hipsters, and all with a hipster attitude to match. The menu was fairly ordinary semi-upscale Italian, but the food was good. But that was indeed a LONG time ago. A lot has changed over the years. There’s no more attitude. They’ve actually moved locations. And the food is still pretty damn good. Or so I’ve heard, because I have not been to Pop’s since the days that they opened. It’s not that I held a grudge for all these years over the place’s attitude, it’s just that I never made it back to Durham to eat there.
And now Pop’s is about to be reviewed by the Raleigh News & Observer’s restaurant critic, Greg Cox. I think Mr. Cox will like Pop’s. I hope he has a silly title for the review, like, “Pop’s Rocks.” Mikey would like that title, I bet (that’s an obscure joke based on an urban legend that 2 people will get). But I look at the menu of Pop’s, and I scream, “I WANT THAT IN RALEIGH!” And I also know that the owners, John Vandergrift and Chris Stinnett (who also own Rue Cler), really care about their craft. So I do think this place will get lots of shining stars from Cox.
But how many??
It’s not a 5 star place. It will get at least 4 stars, I can confidently proclaim. Will it get that elusive extra half star? That’s the big question, and I could be a chicken shit and give 4 and 4.5 stars the same odds. But I, however, am a fearless prognosticator who dares to take the big chance, to live on the edge, to go without a helmet, to shoot for the stars, and to get rid of the training wheels. I’m going with 4 stars, but only because I think Greg Cox will start to be a bit harder to please.
Am I right? Am I wrong? Does anyone really care?
5 stars — 7 to 1
4.5 stars – 5 to 4
4 stars — 4 to 5
3.5 stars — 3 to 1
3 stars — 6 to 1
2.5 stars — 8 to 1
2 stars — 16 to 1
1.5 stars — 25 to 1
1 star — 60 to 1
What sayeth you? How many stars will Pop’s receive this Friday???
Edit, November 5, 2010 — Damn, I hate being wrong in one way and right in another. I hate it when my odds are off, as Greg Cox gave Pop’s 3.5 stars. I was right when I suspected getting 4 stars would be harder than ever before. And Tom from Raleigh, you should have bet some money!