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Food bloggers are ruining the restaurant business. Eventually something will have to be done about the power of the internet. A bad review from a blogger who had a bad meal has the same power on the internet as a good review from a respected newspaper food critic.

Nah. Just kidding. Those are not my words. I omitted quotation marks from the statements in the first paragraph to increase the impact. Those are all sentiments expressed to me recently by a young talented Houston chef. I was on my second visit to the restaurant and had asked to be seated alone in the bar. If possible, I prefer to sit alone so my camera and flash, if necessary, don’t interfere with others’ enjoyment of their meals. I had really enjoyed most of my meal at the restaurant the previous week. I desperately wanted to write a review to spread the word about what I expected to be a fun exciting place to eat. But one dish bothered me. The dish was the reason I had gone to the restaurant in the first place. It had bothered me enough that I was willing to pay for it twice to prove to myself that the skill displayed in the preparation of the rest of the meal carried over to the focus of my visit. I am deliberately being vague about the restaurant, its owners, its chef, and the dish.The (courteous) server commented that I had “ordered an awful lot of food for one person.” I knew that I had been busted, as my camera was on the chair beside me. Shortly after I stuffed a reassuringly tasty bite of the subject entrée into my mouth, an “owner” appeared across the bar from me and asked me what I was doing. I introduced myself and explained the situation, assuring him that I was very pleased with a visit to the restaurant the previous week but wanted to try a particular dish again to confirm that my original thoughts were incorrect and to photograph it for a review. I also told him that I was impressed and intended to say so. He let me know that the restaurant likes to control what is said or shown about it in the press and doesn’t generally allow reviewers to do what I was doing, but that he was making an “executive decision” to allow me to do a review. I thanked him for his cooperative kindness to me (I’d already had the experience. I liked the food and already had the photographs in my camera).


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