I really enjoyed The Mouth's column in response to people who were less than happy with his reviews of local restaurants ("Reviewer responds to reader feedback," Coast Weekend, Oct. 29). I think these folks miss the point. Restaurant reviews are very subjective, depending on the reviewer's experience on that particular visit and their personal tastes.
I will use myself as an example of personal restaurant reviewing. First, I pay no attention to any professional reviewer's opinion for the aforementioned reason. If the restaurant is new, I will wait a couple of months before going so they have had time to work out any kinks. When I do go, and am dissatisfied, I just never go there again.
Returning to subjectivity, it happens that I have been to three of the places that The Mouth reviewed, and I totally agree with him on two out of three. But the other place, a more high-end restaurant, was given a rave review while my wife and I found the food just ordinary and over-priced. On the other hand, we went to a new Mexican place here on the Long Beach (Wash.) Peninsula, and absolutely hated it, but everybody we know who has been there loves it.
See what I mean about objectivity?
Ocean Park, Wash.