Just to touch upon what many have said, it is somewhat involved to get a review on Roadfood. I think this is a good thing. I read many quick, fly-by-night reviews on other sites that don't really help me to learn anything about the place, the experience or the food. I have found out that many places "SUCK!" or "they ROCK!!". Maybe the reviewer's significant other said yes to a marriage proposal earlier that day and everything was great or maybe the reviewer was fired from their job and nothing was going to be good. Or maybe the review was about the food and the experience but unless there is some detail I can't really tell.
Now, one does not need to be a professional reviewer to write a review but it does require some attention to detail. Describing the atmosphere, food and overall experience are essential to a good review. Higher amounts of user reviews doesn't always equal quality. I do this as a sideline and I have about 30 reviews on the site right now and I'm working on a few more to submit.
I'm not a fan of bad press so don't talk too much about the places I didn't enjoy. If someone wants to know about a specific place and I didn't like it, I would send them a private PM and give them the details.
FCF, being that the Sterns and Stephen Rushmore Jr's names are associated with the brand I would guess they want to be selective about what they put their name on. I know that the restaurants in their books have all been tried personally by the Sterns. Not sure if that is the case with the site given how vast it is. Negative (counter) reviews can be posted on RF in repsonse to an already posted postive review.
I mostly write up Trip Reports now as I like the ability to express more in them and craft a whole experience from a weekend trip away from home or a "staycation" in NYC. There are plenty of places I have really enjoyed (and many have their hit & miss qualities) and return to in my Trip Reports but very few of them end up as reviews. I think of the reviews as the best of the best, The places I would recommend to anyone again and again without hesitation and who do so many things, so well, so consistently that I'm wowed everytime I go there. Peter Luger
in Brooklyn, NY, Voss BAR B Q
in Yorkville, NY, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que
in Syracuse, NY and Katz's Delicatessen
in NYC come to mind.
I seem to recall Michael Stern saying in an interview one time that he's not a fan of negative press either and he'd rather have Roadfood be about clueing people in to the great places to go rather than what to avoid. The good, the bad and the ugly? They can also be found in the forums with a bit of legwork. If I have to spend a few extra minutes doing a search for a restaurant either here on RF or elsewhere online, it's a First World problem I can live with!
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