Reading Between the Lines (Day 108)

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When traveling, do you use YELP or travel sites like Frommers or TripAdvisor to help you decide where to eat? And if you do, do you find the suggestions reliable.

In my experience, the results are mixed.

Sometimes, the restaurant with hundreds of great reviews is outstanding and other times (like last night), it is mediocre at best. Usually, if in a big city or well-known location, I find the recommendations to be more accurate than in smaller cities and towns.

I find this frustrating and wonder if there is a way to read between the lines when reading reviews, especially of restaurants in lesser traveled areas. I’m open to any and all suggestions.

Tonight, my daughter and I are heading into the town where we are staying and choosing a restaurant based on the menu, the decor, and the feel we get when we stop and observe. After last night’s terrible meal, we’re trusting our instincts, not other people’s opinions, when it comes to making a decision.




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