I’ll take the compliment

Comsumerist.com’s Chris Morran discovered my article about writing an online review and kindly shared it with his audience, saying, ” . . . former restaurant critic David Farkas provides a very useful list of suggestions for how restaurant diners can make their online reviews more relevant and helpful to other consumers.”   Thanks, Chris!  

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Writing restaurant criticism

I’m no longer a restaurant critic, alas. Come to think of it, that might make some chefs and operators happy. I wasn’t a cruel reviewer, however; I was (or tried to be) an informed one. Which meant making sure that readers understood if I (and they) were getting their money’s worth of food and service. […]

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Recognizing restaurant reviews

Last Tuesday night at Cleveland’s Market Garden Brewery, known for hosting interesting gatherings, two local editors and MGB’s owner discussed restaurant trends and restaurant criticism, in particular.   The audience (members of the Society of Professional Journalists) asked good questions. I brought up Yelp.com, suggesting that the review site rendered publications that waited six months […]

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How helpful is Yelp? Ask Andrew Zimmern

Here are portions of restaurant reviews from Yelp.com. Consider both carefully: As for the actual experience, well as some folks have alluded to and others strangely failed to mention, Boloco was giving out free burritos for a solid 10 hours yesterday to celebrate the opening of this location. I always feel a bit strange reviewing […]

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