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How Many Visits for a Restaurant Review?

How many trips should a reviewer make before publishing a review?  I think at least two, if not three.(Exceptions would apply when one is revisiting an establishment that one has reviewed previously, or when one is traveling and a second visit is impractical.) One can review after one evening, but a single, first-visit review just doesn’t seem…

The Restaurant Failure Rate, Real and Imagined

One often hears that almost all restaurants fail within their first year, but that’s not true.  Turnover is high, but it’s nowhere near 90% in the first year: [H.G.] Parsa [then an associate professor at Ohio State, now at the University of Denver] says he spent three months trying to track down someone at American…

Restaurant Review: Tokyo (Revisit) 

View Larger Map Here’s a summary of a return trip to Whitewater’s Tokyo restaurant.   When I visited Tokyo two years ago, I wrote that I liked it, despite a “décor [that was] a bit aged, but pleasant.”  In the times that I’ve visited since, including recently, the establishment is no less aged, but no…

Restaurant Review: Casual Joe’s 

Over on James Street, vacant for so many years, sat the Fort Auto Body building.  Eventually, an entrepreneur would have found some use for the building, but it’s to Whitewater’s advantage that Causal Joe’s, an American barbecue restaurant, took the spot.   Casual Joe’s is more than some use – it’s an establishment easy to recommend.…

Vulnerability of a Restaurant Culture

View image | gettyimages.com Whitewater’s publicly-driven marketing may not have amounted to much, these last ten years, but there are few better advertisements for Whitewater than thriving restaurants and taverns. Good restaurants, doing well, are a sign of a successful community. Some of Whitewater’s newest restaurants also reflect a sensibility that’s significantly more contemporary than…

Restaurant Review: Fratelli’s Ristorante Italiano

Italian cuisine is among the most celebrated of offerings, yet there aren’t many Italian restaurants in Whitewater’s part of the state.  Despite many choices, Whitewater hasn’t had a full, primary Italian menu.  Fratelli’s Ristorante Italiano adds something lacking in our restaurant scene; I’m happy to recommend what it adds. This review comprises two dinner visits,…

Restaurant Review: Taco Fresco (Revisited)

I reviewed Taco Fresco previously, years ago, when the establishment was under different ownership. This is an easy recommendation. The food’s delicious, the atmosphere pleasant. After a long day, I thought that I’d revisit to see how Taco Fresco was was faring. (This was a visit for a review, not a causal visit otherwise. In…

Restaurant Review: Karina’s Mexican Restaurant (Revisited)

Karina’s Mexican Restaurant recently opened on the west side of Whitewater.  I reviewed the establishment at its then-downtown location about two years ago.  Karina’s is now located immediately to the west of Subway, in the same building, and east of Rocky Rococo’s.  I’m not interested in reviewing those chains, but having returned to Karina’s I’d…

Restaurant Review: Fin & Hooves

Fin & Hooves is the restaurant at the Whitewater Country Club, on Highway 89 just outside of Whitewater.  Prior to this review, I had not visited the Whitewater Country Club in years, and for dining prior to the opening of Fin & Hooves, I would have had no reason to visit.  (I’m not a golfer,…

Restaurant Review: Second Salem Brewing Company

Second Salem Brewing Company is a small, locally-owned brewery that offers several beers from light to dark.  There are two full bars, a gastro-pub with outdoor seating, and a tap lounge & anteroom.  Thinking about the establishment principally as a gastro-pub, or even a tavern, gets Second Salem wrong (very much so).  It’s not just…

Restaurant Review: 841 Brew House

I’m beginning a new, spring and summer series of restaurant reviews. I’ll begin with something that, itself, is new: the restaurant at 841 Milwaukee Street, having opened at the beginning of the year.  The 841 Brew House is a sports bar and restaurant, and differs notably and favorably from the predecessor establishment at that location. …

Two Big Culinary Mistakes

Everyone has foods they dislike, preparations they dislike, etc. (It sometimes seems that the anchovy exists only to be the objects of diners’ scorn.) I don’t mind anchovies, but I’ve two dislikes of my own. Too much lettuce. Very often, an entire plate sits filled with lettuce (typically iceberg), as though no one could think…