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I loved the restaurant review by Genevelyn Steele (“Soft Palate,” Food & Drink, Sept. 26). It not only skewers the bad food, poor execution and shoddy service, it does so with many examples and great humor. By the end, I was laughing heartily. Now that’s a restaurant review — a real, honest one.

So often in the past few years, I have read local restaurant reviews that have been cheerful, bland and fairly positive, or absolute raves, sometimes deserved. I would drag one of my young adult grandchildren along to some of the places. Then I’d find out the review was superficial, less than honest or outright wrong. Now, the grandchildren choose the restaurants.

I won’t mention restaurant names, but after a disappointing meal or a long drive, I would tell myself, “Boy, that restaurant must be giving the magazine a lot of advertising dollars,” for that inaccurate review.

I had more or less stopped going to places that were locally reviewed, relying only on the advice of friends or relatives. But I appreciate the honesty and hilarity in Ms. Steele’s review of Miso Asian Grill. I will definitely follow all her reviews carefully.

Ann E. Romer
Chesterfield

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