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I'm exhausted. The travel hassles are expected. Airports don't make me feel secure. Hey TSA: Automatically selecting every 5th person for extra screening isn't "random selection". It didn't take much to count how often the people in front of me were selected for the extra pat-down.
And traffic congestion seems horrible Amateur wife blog. My business trips are usually planned out. I arrive, head to work, and stay in a hotel. Only meals are unplanned. Sometimes I know the area and good places to eat. Other times I have coworkers who take me out or suggest locations. But for Amateur wife blog trip, I was on my own. She pulled out a booklet of recommended places. I thought this was odd It turned out, these companies had paid to be listed in the booklet. The concierge had never eaten at any of them and couldn't make any personal recommendations. I went back to my hotel room and looked up restaurant reviews.
When I used Google Maps to look up restaurants near me, every single one had a minimum of 4. Most reviews were 5 stars and a few were 4 stars. Interestingly, most places had almost no 3 star ratings. And the 1-star comments were Amateur wife blog and far between. I chose a Mexican restaurant that was close by. It had a few hundred reviews on Google and 4.
One of my coworkers has a great theory for finding a good restaurant. If you're there around meal time and the parking lot is full, then it's a good place. If the parking lot is empty, then it's a clue that the food is probably bad. Amateur wife blog the same means, if you have to wait before being seated, it's a good. An empty restaurant means the locals avoid it. The Mexican restaurant turned out to be in a strip mall. There were cars in the parking lot, but I didn't know how many were for the restaurant. I could see some people eating inside, so I decided to risk it. I ordered the chimichanga.
My review: the place is a 1-star restaurant. Calling the food "bland" is an understatement. The chicken was rubbery and flavorless.
The beans had a bean-like look and texture, but zero flavor. If the guacamole hadn't been colored green, then I wouldn't have been able to distinguish it from the sour cream. When I got back to the hotel, I re-read the reviews. The 1- and 2-star reviews were spot on.
But after every low review were a flood of generic 4- and 5-star reviews. I'm intentionally, not linking to specific restaurant reviews because I don't want to drive traffic to them. I started looking at other food reviews in the area. Again, there were a flood of generic "The drinks, wine and menu selections from appetizers to dessert were wonderful! You can't beat the atmosphere, service and quality of food.
A 1 in my book! I looked up places that I knew -- both good and bad. The real reviews stood out from the fake ones because they mentioned the actual food or gave some kind of comparison.
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For example, these look real: "My daughter's hot dog was tough, but the bun was really tasty. It is was outstanding. We made reservations on the website at for dinner. They had it and seated us immediately.
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Bythey were very busy. Ordered the house margarita and the agave coin margarita. Very tart and tasty. Complimentary chips and salsa were also good. I ordered the steak fajitas and the wife ordered the crab Amateur wife blog shrimp enchiladas. The fajita steak was marinaded with a really flavorful result. The ingredients for assembling the fajitas were fresh and well laid out for ease and convenience. My wife, a seafood lover type, loved her enchiladas.
Of course, my big bugaboo is the black beans instead of re-fried pinto beans.
Some people like them, and I guess they are OK. But they are always a bit more slimy and veggy tasting than re-fried pintos. But these were good.
The waitress was very friendly and accommodating. Lots of good atmosphere here as well. I recommend this eatery for southwest food and service. In an ocean of white, good to get some alternate flavor. I literally felt the love he put into preparing my entree. Super cool chill spot; don't hesitate. Love this place and wish I had more time in a week you eat here often!
Delicious selection of food. Wonderful atmosphere. It's not just Google's reviews that appear automated.
I looked at Yelp, Open Table, restaurant. We were first time diners and our food was very good and will return again in the future. A Seller's Market I know that Amazon has a big problem with fake product reviews. It's to the point that I don't trust any Amazon product that has a ton Amateur wife blog 5-star ratings. I even had one seller threaten to not refund my return unless I first removed my negative review.
Amazon made sure I got my refund. Then again, writing fake Amazon reviews has become a meme of it's own.
Some of these reviews are absolutely hilarious. If you haven't seen them, be sure to read the reviews for the " Bic for her ballpoint pens " and " Hutzler Banana Slicer ".
Not on the menu For the food world, many of the fakes review providers are not even being subtle. There are plenty of people who have said that they get paid to write fake reviews.