Restaurant Snobbery

Nice point from Ezra Klein:

Our identities are deeply interwoven into our dining choices, and the hipsters ostentatiously traveling across town to try jellyfish in a hole-in-the-wall Chinese restaurant and then telling all their friends about the discovery are saying something about themselves just as surely as the young family dressing up for a night out at The Cheesecake Factory. Whatever you think of the objective merits of the cuisine, both groups are enjoying their dinner, and enjoying their ability to be the people having that dinner.