So I've been kicking around an idea for a new feature. I haven't completely decided on a title yet, but "the real deal" is the general idea. It goes something like this:
I take something that draws a lot of "hate" in DC. Maybe it's a restaurant, a bar, a political official, it's all fair game. I boil down the reason why it's hated, and then I have a discussion with the owner, manager, or person themselves. I talk about the topics that are fueling the hate, ask them a few questions, and write up a bit of "analysis." I'll throw together some sort of rating system, and try to piece together how much of that hate is warranted, and how much might be unfair. I'll try to be as objective as possible, so that when the establishment or person does end up scoring high on the "hate scale" (to be renamed, I'm sure) it's all the more "for reals."
I've been trying to come up with ideas, and so far the leaders are the H Street Country Club and the Dangerously Delicious Pie shop. Other possibilities could be the Cork Wine Bar, and possibly Marvin (if they want to talk to me, I did refer to them as a Waffle House). I'm looking for your ideas, though, of things that would make a good "Why We Hate DC" piece. Come to think of it, that's a good title. Maybe I'll go with that.
What do you all think?