Then, he goes back two years to find another fact to twist by implying that I loved the now-defunct Ling & Javier's. In fact, I said it was a "scene," not a fabulous restaurant; I liked one dish, did not like another and concluded that I was "withholding judgment." But Walsh prefers to quote out of context.

Why is he so malicious? I haven't been mean to him. In fact, I wrote a very positive 1998 Texas Monthly article about Nuevo Tex-Mex, a cookbook he co-authored. In 2002, I said nice things about his barbecue book.

But I have a consolation: Bad karma always gets you in the end.

Patricia Sharpe, senior editor
Texas Monthly

Overrated: I regret that your review of Terra Bosco's did not appear earlier. The recent Texas Monthly review prompted a visit by my wife and me. Our bill, including tip, was over $50. This included a meager glass of Chianti each, and two disappointing entrées. Luckily, we did not crave one of their red-sauced dishes. I had a linguine with crumbled sausage in a sugo rosa sauce, and Lisa had veal piccata with a side of roasted vegetables. The crumbled sausage was meager, and her veal was overcooked and dry.

This establishment is devoid of charm, professionalism and friendliness, and needs a knowledgeable and caring chef. Our exasperating experience was a waste of time and money.

I cannot accept restaurant critics' basing a review on a publicist's overwritten release. They must subject themselves to all nuances of the dining experience personally, before advising others to do so.

I will say that Texas Monthly was correct in praising Rouge here and in Dallas. Both restaurants know how to spark the diner's expectations with aplomb and appetizing concoctions.

Thanks for telling it like it was -- unfortunately.

George Love

Sashay down the plank: Robb Walsh has a right to his opinion when it comes to food, even when he's dead wrong, but he does not have the right to launch a personal attack on people. His line describing the staff of Terra Bosco's as "sissified pirates" was uncalled for and borders on libel. Walsh's vindictive personal agenda against Texas Monthly was more than obvious in this overly negative review of a restaurant that is fast becoming a neighborhood favorite.

Mary Ann Amelang

Sloppery slope: I loved Robb Walsh's review of Terra Bosco's. Reviews of truly awful restaurants are an exciting change from the normal catalog of delicacies served by good eateries.

And besides, Robb gets to eat so much good food, and get paid to do it, that he deserves to have to eat slop from time to time.

Jay Bute

Food -- not fashion: Robb Walsh is the most unprofessional food critic! Why is he talking about a person's appearance? I thought he was a food critic, not a fashion critic. America is the best country because a dumb-ass like Walsh can make a living eating and criticizing others.

Mike Covarrubias III

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