You never posted a comment I sent. Why?

/ Updated on June 14, 2014

We are always on the lookout for fake “comments” or comments that are based on hearsay, rumor, or ridiculous agendas. If you want to read stuff like that, you can go to unmoderated free-for-alls like Help, UrbanSwoon or TwitAdvisor. We will not publish a comment that is just plain nasty or overly insulting. We have learned that many of these come from competitors, trouble-making customers who have been barred from certain restaurants/bars, or disgruntled / fired employees.

We will also not publish a comment that goes waaaayy overboard singing the praises of an obviously mediocre restaurant. We have learned that many of these come from restaurant owners, their families or friends.

We will not publish comments based on criteria that don't make sense. Examples include (and I am not making these up!):

(1) “We don't like so-and-so because the portions are too big.” Ridiculous. Stay home and eat a salad.

(2) “We hate that restaurant because we had to wait 45 minutes to get in.” Who are you, the Queen of England? There are lots of mediocre places where you can get a seat right away. Go there and leave room for the people who obviously know a good thing when they taste it.

(3) “I'm never going back there because they had the nerve to charge me for a side order of beans.” No, the world does not owe you a living. Food service is a business and must make a profit to survive. And in spite of what you might hear from Washington, D.C., you are NOT entitled to anything you aren't willing to pay for.

(4) “Your reviews are too kind,” or, “You like everything.” When I respond to comments like this and ask for specifics, I never get an answer. It's obvious that these people didn't read the review(s) all the way through. Restaurants are fair game for chronic complainers and people whose only power in life is to victimize waitpersons, managers and others whose jobs involve serving people. I call 'em as I see 'em, and, in fact, most places in this seasonal resort are pretty much OK, or they wouldn't survive. And it's a rare review here that doesn't contain at least one criticism. And there are several that are quite critical. If you don't like a place, don't go. And, in fact, if enough people agree with you, the place will disappear.

And of course, all of this is meant in the most loving way. Enjoy the site!

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