Include prices in food reviews

Conspicuously absent from Jonathan Ammons’ review of Vue 1913 at the Grove Park Inn ["Post-tablecloth dining at Vue 1913," June 18, Xpress] was any mention of prices. By contrast, Gina Smith’s Small Bites feature offered price information for four of the establishments/events mentioned in her articles, as well as pricing information for her article on family meals at Rhubard.

Since the Grove Park Inn is not a “cheap eat,” this omission undermined the review. Price is a significant consideration for many diners. If the sample menu on the GPI website is any indication, the vegan manicotti enjoyed by Ammons is the cheapest entree on the menu at $22. No word on how¬†much the chef’s tasting menu with wine pairings will set you back.

Prices, please. Some of us aren’t tourists in this town.

Coco Pazzo

Asheville

Food Editor Gina Smith responds: You make an excellent point. Prices are indeed helpful, and we do try to include them in food stories whenever possible, although it has not been an official policy to do so.

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