By Matthew Yglesias
Solid anecdotes make a profile work:
Later, in North Carolina, we sat down to dinner, and he said: “You ever see that Danny DeVito movie, I think it was Danny DeVito, where he says big shots never order off the menu? They just say what they want.” We were at an On the Border, a Tex-Mex restaurant chain and not the type of place I imagine many big shots patronize, but he pushed the menu aside without reading it and told the waiter what he wanted the kitchen to cook up for him.
Tragically, we don’t get to find out what he ordered. Personally I have a weakness for kinda shitty Tex-Mex food. But surely part of the reason you don’t need to look at the menu at a place like this is that the menu is completely predictable. Walking into an Indian restaurant and ordering tandoori chicken without looking at the menu doesn’t make you a big shot, it just means you’ve figured out that Indian restaurants all carry this dish.