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Do you keep secrets?

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

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    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

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

      1. re: ipsedixit

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

      2. re: goodhealthgourmet

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

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        1. re: Glencora

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

        2. 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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          1. re: GraceW

            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. 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. 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. 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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                1. re: meatnveg

                  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.

                  1. re: meatnveg

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

                  2. 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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                    1. re: banjoman2375

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

                      1. re: banjoman2375

                        "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.

                        1. re: twyst

                          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.

                      2. 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?

                        1. 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. 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. : )