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sanglier Apr 14, 2012 09:40 AM

It's funny how opinions of restaurants get formed. A group of 8 dined out last night at a very good New Orleans restaurant. Five ordered the special entree, pompano. Three thought it was outstanding, two couldn't stand it. First group thought it was crispy and flavorful, second group thought it was dry and too fishy. First group had its impression confirmed that this restaurant is excellent, second group said they won't go back because the food wasn't good.

My moral of the story: take others' opinions about a restaurant with a grain of salt until you've tried the restaurant yourself!

  1. N.O.Food Apr 14, 2012 09:51 AM

    Rio Mar?

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    1. re: N.O.Food
      sanglier Apr 14, 2012 12:56 PM

      You there too last night?!

      1. re: sanglier
        N.O.Food Apr 29, 2012 09:19 AM

        I wasn't there the same night as you, but I was there a few nights before. My wife loved the pompano, even the skin, but I wasn't too crazy about it. It was an interesting, well executed dish... just too fishy for me.

        1. re: N.O.Food
          sanglier May 1, 2012 11:05 AM

          That's funny, you had the same dual experience. My main point is, if I occasionally don't like what I ordered, it doesn't rise to the level of bashing the restaurant to the point that I hesitate to come back. Unless it's a frequent occurence, of course.

    2. c
      collardman Apr 14, 2012 10:46 AM

      All reviews are subjective even those done by food critics. As a diner my tastes are my own so I tend to think of a good restaurant not in terms of a great dish but in terms of consistancy of the kitchen and service.

      You must take opinions with the amount of salt that you find acceptable :-)

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