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May 6, 2011 05:13 PM

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.