Food Critics in Barbecue Brawl; Chez Le Chef to Shutter

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Houston Press food critic Robb Walsh is trying to start some sort of barbecue beef (let's hope moist brisket) with The New Yorker's Calvin Trillin, taking umbrage with an article of Trillin's subtitled "The best Texas BBQ in the world." [Eating Our Words/Houston Press via Diner's Journal/NYT]

Extravagantly decorated Murray Hill standby Chez Le Chef will close in March 2009. [Jeremiah's Vanishing New York]

Frederick's Downtown is being sued by Barterhouse, one of its wine vendors, for an outstanding $3,200 bill. [NYP]

Times op-ed writer Nicholas Kristof thinks the secretary of Agriculture position needs to be renamed "Secretary of Food." [NYT]