The future of Donald Trump’s businesses hangs in the balance, as he has postponed an official announcement about his involvement with them. In the meantime, the quality of Trump products may not justify their exorbitant price points, as a scathing review of Trump Grill in Vanity Fair seems to imply.
The president-elect presents himself as a man of classy tastes, as his gold palace in Trump Tower has shown. His documented love of fast food makes this confusing, but his glitzy home base is the physical embodiment of his personality, and appearances may be deceptive. The Vanity Fair headline isn’t subtle: “Trump Grill Could Be The Worst Restaurant In America.” In the harsh review, Vanity Fair points out how the decor is meant to give off the effect of a fine dining experience, which is anything but optimal:
“On another level, Trump Grill falls somewhat short of that lofty goal. The restaurant features a stingy number of French-ish paintings that look as though they were bought from Home Goods. Wall-sized mirrors serve to make the place look much bigger than it actually is. The bathrooms transport diners to the experience of desperately searching for toilet paper at a Venezuelan grocery store.”
Vanity Fair said several of the items on the menu looked unappetizing, tasted poorly, and were mediocre items you would find anywhere else. The Ivanka’s Salad, in particular, earned the author’s ire:
“Our table nevertheless ordered the Ivanka’s Salad, a chopped approximation of a Greek salad, smothered in melting goat cheese and dressing and missing the promised olives, that seemed unlikely to appetize a SoulCycle-obsessed, smoothie-guzzling heiress. (Instead, it looked like a salad made by someone who believes that rich women only eat vegetables.)”
But people still appear to be flocking to the Grill, which was was packed. Staff had to create makeshift tables to accommodate the hordes of adoring fans who wanted to munch on an infamous taco bowl. And not everyone appeared to take the review lightly, including the president-elect, who swiftly lashed out at Vanity Fair as a failing publication. He did not explicitly mention the review, but the timing here is telling.
With only a few weeks till the Inauguration, Trump is still picking fights on Twitter. The next four years will be a doozy.
UPDATE: The Daily Beast’s Olivia Nuzzi visited Trump Grill today and posted this photo. This vodka martini leaves a lot to be desired.
(Via Vanity Fair)