And yet, on the Giant website, the food is described as "simple, unpretentious Midwestern fare," which speaks to Vincent's tendency to grossly undersell himself. In a recent conversation (related to an altogether different story), he was candid and honest about every single topic we parsed. At one point during our talk he paused long enough to make me wonder if he'd hung up. "Hello?" I asked.
"I'm still here," he said. "I'm just not sure your story is that interesting."
"Well," I said, clearing my throat nervously. "How do you think I could change that?"
He laughed. "You could start by getting off the phone with me. No one cares what a washed-up chef in a tiny neighborhood joint is doing."
We'll have to agree to disagree on that, chef.