This movie aligns uncannily with my life: I was born and raised in Tucson, went to college in Iowa, and currently live in Chicago. As a film, it tended toward the emotionally manipulative at times, but that didn't stop me from crying during Gabby's sequences. Overall it's a wonderful statement on what it takes to give your life to a community, and what kind of toll that can take as well.
One of the rare food docs that actually provides an emotional core to its storytelling and prompts a warm response from the viewer. The choice to span its look over three very different restaurants and slowly discover the inert similarities to a life in food preparation was a very astute one. The film has a lot of heart and slowly overcomes the food poisoning of this overused sub-genre....and my that fried chicken..