Rumors that Times-Picayune critic Brett Anderson has been selected to replace Sam Sifton have not yet been refuted. In the meantime, the position has already been filled — temporarily, at least. Wine writer Eric Asimov is taking over as interim critic while a permanent replacement is still being sorted out. This week he reviews Salinas.
It’s not the first time the Times has tapped Asimov to review restaurants, according to Diner’s Journal. He filled in for William Grimes way back when. It’s not much different from his usual job of tasting wine, one would assume, only with less spitting and more swallowing.