Washingtonian restaurant critic Todd Kliman posted a response today on the magazine’s blog to Inn at Little Washington chef Patrick O’Connell’s statement last week to the Rappahannock News implying the magazine was seeking attention rather than being ethical when it dropped The Inn from its No. 1 spot over the last two years to No. 22 on its annual top-100 “Very Best Restaurants” list.
“Unethical?” Kliman wrote. “I really don’t understand what chef O’Connell is trying to say there. The word I would use is: honest.”
Kliman also delved briefly into the magazine’s process for reviewing and rating restaurants in general, and The Inn in particular, saying that “in our considered estimation, the Inn is not the restaurant it was a year ago. . . . It happens. Eight years ago, the Inn came in at No. 11 in our survey.
After pointing out that “no restaurant, not even the great ones, are perfect all the time,” Kliman says: “Chef O’Connell sounds stunned by the ranking. Well, we were stunned by our meals.”