Bud's Girl

Week of April 3, 2002

Grove Slam Shot
Flat fish never a good thing: I absolutely loved your review of Busch's Grove [Melissa Martin, "Shallow Grove," March 20]. Even though I've never been to this St. Louis icon, I've had to listen to tales from others who revere it but can't recount one special dish when pressed with the question "Why?" Take that, you foodie fakers! Your comments on the flavorless grouper were particularly apt.
Margaret Elliott
St. John

Now appearing at the Boom-Boom Room:Although the art of humorous writing generally has taken a nosedive in recent years, Melissa Martin's comedic stylings have restored my faith in the "make 'em laugh" principle.
Julie George-Carlson
St. Louis

Corner of Sunset and Whine: I am a fan of the Riverfront Times, and I have always found the restaurant reviews to be entertaining. Although Melissa Martin's review of Busch's Grove was quite entertaining, her thin-skinned personal tirade took the content away from the review and made her look less capable than the restaurant she was reviewing. I have only been to Busch's Grove one time, and I have no personal ties to the restaurant. However, I would dine there again before I would ever consider Melissa Martin a competent critic. Truffles is an outstanding restaurant, but to plug them that way was a low blow and totally unnecessary. Ms. Martin came across as a whiny, often mistreated woman with a chip on her shoulder. Lighten up, Mel -- it's only dinner!
John Harris
St. Louis

Job Opening
We have an immediate opening for a full-time staff writer. If you understand the difference between magazine-style reporting and the hurried fact-finding of daily papers, if your copy is as much a pleasure to read as it is well researched, we want to hear from you. Qualified candidates will be able to create in-depth, well-crafted stories that explore the issues, events and personalities that make communities tick. Applicants should send a cover letter, résumé and clips to:
Jim Nesbitt, Editor
Riverfront Times
6358 Delmar Blvd., Suite 200
St. Louis, MO 63130
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