Absolutely not. When I am working a review, I pay like everybody else. How can I expect you to regularly visit this website if I play favorites based on free stuff?
Most of the papers and magazines here at the beach publish “fluff” reviews where very little is criticized and everything is “awesome.” This is because these restaurants are their advertising clients. Totally understandable. Additionally, and in spite of the many kind and generous requests from local eateries, RehobothFoodie.com does not accept advertising from restaurants.
Yes, after a review is written and published, a restaurateur might buy me a drink or send over an appetizer. But that's after the fact, and I never expect it.
We are committed to objectivity. If not, why bother?