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Someone Asked Me a Question--this is My Answer

Someone asked me a question about my restaurant reviews and this is what I answered--hopefully it will help and not add to the inquirer's confusion. Welcome to Fort Lauderdale in Broward County where there are over 2,000 restaurants and it is too hard to keep a record of how many open and close within ONE year. I have/had been in the restaurant business 38 years, all positions, now retired and the biggest problem I have found is that too many restaurants open before they are ready to open and/or don't have enough money to see them through a year. With all that said I am pretty easy with restaurants as I really don't expect much except a clean place, good food---doesn't have to be great!--good servers--not necessarily super stars but at least show that they have been trained well. With prices as high as they are today, with a choice of 4 types of restaurants starting with full service, followed by buffets, then the new fast casual and finally fast food, a restaurant really don't get a second chance Added to that is the fact there are too many choices of each types of food. In 1970 we had 2 Mexican restaurants now I can count 23. Italian restaurants? There are 9 within 2 miles from where I live. Just recently, within 1 mile we have 3 Cuban restaurants and Peruvian restaurants are growing faster than I can count. I eat out twice a week, one usually fast casual or lower priced full service and another a new one. I have 5-6 favorite restaurants that I try to get to 2-3 times a year at least. Add to that I am a Leap Year baby which means I have (and only celebrate) a birthday every 4 years with a dinner party at a restaurant, usually a new one, that I have tried in the intervening years and comes Saturday, February 29, 2020 I will be celebrating my turning 21 at the Nabu restaurant if #1 They are still open and #2 I haven't come across a newer, better one. My last birthday was in 2016 and I held a dinner for 22 people at Cafe Vico and I couldn't have asked for better food, service, atmosphere or evening. I usually will try to speak to a manager if I find something wrong--some listen, some don't. I see over 100 movies a year in theatres--maybe, if I am lucky, I will see 5 or 6 that I would want to see again. Why do I bring this up? Too many people today don't have the money to go to movies anymore and certainly not to eat out. I don't like to see any business close or employees lose employment but I know I read reviews for restaurants, movies, plays, etc., so I won't waste my time and money. I soon learn who to trust when when reading their reviews and who not to. For instance there is a critic in South Florida that I know if they dislike some place chances are I will love it! Didn't mean to go on so long--I appreciate your note and just wanted to explain a little--which turned into a lot!--of where my head is at regarding my posting reviews! I reviewed 2 restaurants recently--VALE FOOD CO and CAO Bakery & Cafe--each had something good but I won't be returning to either because there were too many negative things that should have been taken care of before they opened if not after customers brought it to their attention. Hope you find some great places to eat! Martin

posted on July 22, 2019 3:43 PM ()

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Oh. Well you tell them if your reviews aren't objective and honest, they would be worthless. You tell it as you see it. And if they are so keen on giving everyone the benefit of the doubt, they should go spend their money at those places and find out for themselves.
comment by traveltales on July 23, 2019 8:42 PM ()
I'm too nice to say that!!
reply by greatmartin on July 23, 2019 8:57 PM ()
Was the question 'Martin, why don't you review more restaurants?'
comment by traveltales on July 23, 2019 12:00 PM ()
Except for "Was the question Martin"--it was why are you so mean in your restaurant reviews and don't you feel guilt for putting people out of work?
reply by greatmartin on July 23, 2019 4:38 PM ()

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