I have read Mountain Xpress with interest on a regular basis for about two years. I always turn first to the "Letters" and "Food" sections. Considering myself a serious "foodie" as well as a frequent patron of Asheville eateries, I expect to find in your Food column reviews that are selective, discriminating and informative upon which I can base educated decisions. I cannot recall ever reading a critical, much less negative, restaurant review. Please explain this apparent bias in the Food section.
— Clara B. Jones
Xpress printed critical restaurant reviews for years, and we found it was more problematic than constructive. The idea of one person as authority on subjective topics is somewhat outmoded, particularly when our goal is to generate constructive dialogue about our local community. In our effort to inform and stir the pot, as it were, we’ve shifted to a mix of food news and in-depth features, along with our beer column and collaborations with ASAP. Additionally, our website’s food section gives readers the option to share their thoughts on local restaurants and trends.