I suppose it would be kind of cool being a restaurant critic. You get paid to try out eateries all over town. I wonder if they are eating out every night. That might get a little stale.
You show up at a restaurant and the whole staff has been expecting you so they know who you are. They roll out the red carpet and they go out of their way for you and the kitchen makes sure that they put their best foot forward. Well…okay…that’s not actually the case, most of the time. Alright – never.
I am told by a local food journalist that they are pretty serious about anonymity most of the time, but in a smaller market like Madison, that can be difficult to do. They adhere to a published set of guidelines laid out by a national association and everything.
In some big markets, however, the whole process is rigged with payments for good reviews. I’m not saying that is taking place here in Madison either. I certainly don’t know that to be the case. However, the restaurant staff frequently knows when a critic is in the house. They are smart people – they can tell.
We at Spoofing Willy Street are going to endeavor to bring you world class reviews – interesting, well written articles about the Willy Street and surrounding area restaurants based on a visit where the staff of the eatery doesn’t know they are being reviewed. There is a good reason this is going to be possible – no one knows who we are! Ha!
Did I say world class?
Not just restaurants either. We’ll review shops, bars, entertainment venues…whatever lends itself to review. So, come back often to see what we’ve got.
You can expect great reviews like these: