This is a blog written by regular people about our own regular-person opinions. We pump money into the local economy every day by eating lunch out. For those dollars, we have certain expectations. We write about whether or not those expectations were met.
Are we going to like EVERYTHING at EVERY restaurant? Of course not. If we did, we’d be the Gazz and it would ruin the whole point of our blog: write about dining experiences as an ordinary diner. We aren’t trying to earn advertising revenue by producing a glowing article about a restaurant. We don’t want to come in a place, declare we are going to write a review of it and then have folks roll out the red carpet. We want what everyone else gets. Think of it as the Secret Shopper of restaurants…an unannounced audit, the Saturday Night Live of restaurant reviews. Ok, we’re not at all that funny but you get what we’re shooting for.
Someone recently asked: “are you people serious?” Well, yes……and no. Yes, we are serious about eating and we write our honest opinions, but we try to do it with humor, exaggeration and satire. We mean for our reviews to be “over the top”. If you are new to the blog, read some of the older posts and you’ll see the tone of our writing and the different styles of the reviewers.
Are we trying to make or break a place with our reviews? No! We love eating out and we want to have as many choices as possible. But we also expect to receive a certain level of quality, quantity and service for our dollars. What we say won’t decide an eatery’s fate anyway (that would be giving us way too much credit for the small readership we have)…but if we had a bad experience, chances are that others have, too.
And if we have a bad experience, we will do our best to go back (maybe different reviewers, even) to give it another chance. Sometimes one of us will diss a place that someone else in the group really likes. Or maybe we visit on an off day and readers will comment about their own positive experiences. We try to remain objective and independent. But our goal is to do that in our own silly way.
As owners, chefs and servers you should read the reviews for what they’re worth – ignore all the sarcasm and silliness, pat yourself on the back for the things you’re doing well and try to improve upon any valid points we may bring to light. And just like we state our opinions, feel free to comment and state yours. Yes, we have the control to block or delete comments, but we will publish it as long as you keep it pretty clean.
In the olden days, to let your thoughts be known about a meal you could fill out a comment card. We leave our own version of that at places we visit, directing people to our 21st Century comment card called the “Fork You blog”.