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Do you keep secrets?

ipsedixit May 6, 2011 05:13 PM

How many of you have favorite spots that you refuse to disclose on Chowhound for fear that they'll be run over by the masses?

I have 3 that I refuse to disclose.

And you? Do you keep secrets? If you do, how many restaurants or favorite spots have you kept to yourself?

Of course, don't tell us the names, just the number ...

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  1. goodhealthgourmet RE: ipsedixit May 6, 2011 05:27 PM

    ispe, that's so not cool! you are now officially the anti-Hound.

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      ipsedixit RE: goodhealthgourmet May 6, 2011 06:20 PM

      I've disclosed my fair share of discoveries. Some I just want to keep to myself.

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        Chowrin RE: ipsedixit May 6, 2011 06:23 PM

        not enough chowhounders go to places i like. maybe this is more of a nyc problem.

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        kaleokahu RE: goodhealthgourmet May 26, 2011 02:41 PM

        Hi, goodhealthgourmet:

        Actually, I posted a virtually identical thread about a year ago. Good luck finding it; the Mods must like ipsedixit more than me. :( But ipse can be the Anti-Hound if s/he wants...

        Yes, I have a few secrets I keep. A little bit of Kryptonite for those who must know everything, and right away.

        At least the Mods have lightened up.

      3. Glencora RE: ipsedixit May 6, 2011 05:41 PM

        I've seen too many worthy places fail for lack of business to do that.

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          ipsedixit RE: Glencora May 6, 2011 06:21 PM

          The ones that I have in mind do not lack their fair share of business.

        2. GraceW RE: ipsedixit May 6, 2011 06:07 PM

          I never thought of that. Interesting... I see your point... but if I really like a restaurant, then I want it to be able to sustain its business--in this wretched economy--therefore, I figure if I share, then I am helping support the business financially.

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            ipsedixit RE: GraceW May 6, 2011 06:23 PM

            I agree with this sentiment.

            But there's always the danger of the "Diner, Drive-in and Dives" phenomenon. It gets publicity and then the hoi polloi descend upon it like flies on fresh fecal matter. Then it's just ruined.

          2. Servorg RE: ipsedixit May 7, 2011 08:18 AM

            I'll only say that, even if you have reasons for doing this (however contradictory and specious I might find them) do you really think that espousing it openly (thus encouraging others in this same direction) here on the board will do YOU any good? If you simply don't care enough about getting great recommendations to live by your "lead" rather than "golden" rule, so be it. But if others get the idea that this is a sound idea it will only damage you (and unfortunately, me). I call that short sighted in the extreme. But that's just me probably.

            1. Jay F RE: ipsedixit May 7, 2011 08:30 AM

              There's one place I just love in Washington DC that has eluded press attention since at least the early days of Watergate that I never mention as a favorite to anyone I'm not going there with (all my RL friends know about it). It's crowded enough when I go there, so why draw more? It's no longer as "best" in its category as it once was, but it's still awfully darned good (as of 2006, anyway).

              I've neither disclosed nor refused to disclose it on chowhound specifically, but I don't live in DC anymore, so it may never have come up.

              1. meatnveg RE: ipsedixit May 8, 2011 09:26 PM

                9 for me. 2 of which I can't disclose primarily because I don't know the names, just the locations and directions to get there.

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                  ipsedixit RE: meatnveg May 8, 2011 09:35 PM

                  2 of which I can't disclose primarily because I don't know the names, just the locations and directions to get there.
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                  I love that.

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                    hill food RE: meatnveg May 8, 2011 10:05 PM

                    that's the kind of place I love, I can't even tell myself how to find it.

                  2. banjoman2375 RE: ipsedixit May 8, 2011 10:23 PM

                    Sounds like foodie hipsters... The "I was into them BEFORE they were cool, but now I hate them" crowd. All I can say is, I guess I understand where you're coming from - I see the validity in your concerns, but at the same time, sentiments like that are very destructive. Attitudes like that do nothing but build barriers between people and breed elitism. Soon we'll have a whole group of people who (like hipsters did with music) attach a huge amount of value to something based on its obscurity. The ultimate foodie hipster paradise... a hole in the wall that serves great food that nobody else knows about... Better to share the love with everybody. Besides, if a business really cares the way it should, it shouldn't let a little success corrupt a strong sense of purpose.

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                      hill food RE: banjoman2375 May 9, 2011 01:30 AM

                      if only there was iTunes or Youtube for food...

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                        twyst RE: banjoman2375 May 9, 2011 01:35 AM

                        "Soon we'll have a whole group of people who (like hipsters did with music) attach a huge amount of value to something based on its obscurity. The ultimate foodie hipster paradise... a hole in the wall that serves great food that nobody else knows about... "

                        We most definitely already have that.

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                          hill food RE: twyst May 9, 2011 01:42 AM

                          hence sites like this (sorry, but we can be smug on occasion) the only thing I would say to cafe hoarders, would be "fine go ahead, but the absolute minute it starts losing quality, start talking it up and alert the owner a whisper campaign has begun for new business. (so as not to disappoint the newcomers)" or maybe ask the owner what's up? could be a critical staff change.

                          I like ipse's posts and I am confident he/she would keep the proprietor's best interest in mind.

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                        HillJ RE: ipsedixit May 9, 2011 05:29 AM

                        Must have a healthy ego to believe a personal favorite food place can be kept from the "masses" just by holding ones tongue.

                        I don't understand why this post is on the Site Board though, shouldn't the discussion be over on the General CH Board?

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                          DPGood RE: ipsedixit May 22, 2011 05:51 AM

                          I have one: one! Why don't I reveal it? Here's why. It's a third generation, family owned and operated place. No reservations, showup and wait in line. We learned about it by word of mouth. I'd say that 90 percent of the customers are long-time repeats, as we are now. I asked the owner a long time ago why they didn't advertise. He simply waved his hand and said, look around. Packed. Always. They have no plans or desire to expand. Been at its original and current location for 60 plus years.

                          1. mamachef RE: ipsedixit May 22, 2011 09:48 AM

                            One time only. At the request of the owner, who was filled to capacity and was concerned that an influx would compromise the quality and integrity of his kitchen, I didn't praise his sushi to the skies publicly, but I ate there whenever I could. I miss you, Benny. : )

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