I was recently asked why I rarely review a restaurant in my own town. I really do want my town to be the most successful it can be, but there is authenticity to my reviews and a level of biasness I hold for my community. It is hard to give a non-bias review to people you know.
Here are my rules to restaurant reviews:
I rarely announce I am coming. I like to catch the wait staff, owners, and chef by surprise. I don't tell them who I am, but once I leave, I check in at their establishment and share an instant review. Then I follow up with a full review and send it to the place as I am posting it on my own social media. They have no way of changing my review or asking for favors.
I rarely take compensated meals. I occasionally work with tourism offices and accept gift cards that are good at any restaurant and once in a while a restaurant like Madison's Cafe in Jefferson City did before will recognize me or invite me back for a visit and I will accept it. I do love the calamari at Madison's Cafe.
My reviews are not professionally written and pitched to magazines. Occasionally, the review will run in our local paper as my column, but I am not doing this for money, I do it for fun. and I love to support small businesses.
If you have seen me at your restaurant and I have not written a review; I either had an okay experience with okay food or I simply was not in the mood to write. Don't take it personal. I will likely be back.
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