Charleston City Paper commenters weren’t happy to see that critic Vanessa Wolf described the early bird diners at French-ish newcomer Goulette as “a sea of AARP members.” The reference points that the room skewed a bit older when Wolf visited the restaurant at 5:30 p.m. She supposes the age difference leaves her out of the loop and “not the intended audience” for Goulette. She wasn’t a huge fan of the small portions or the addition of butter lettuce to every dish, as she repeats, “I don't get it” several times throughout the review.
While Wolf may have not loved her trips to Goulette (the Nicoise salad and duck-fat fries are good, however), fans of the restaurant really didn’t love her for calling them old. “One day, you too will join AARP and look back at this review with shame,” wrote one reader. “But one thing is for sure: unless you die sooner, you will reach AARP age before you know it, and, perhaps with it, you will develop a sense of professional fairness and some equanimity. And maybe some joy, too,” wrote another.
Apparently, Charleston diners don’t like being called out on their age, nor do they like disparaging comments about Goulette.