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Review Interrupted

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I was going to review two of my favorite Outer Banks restaurants today, but one has gone out of business and one has changed management — and not for the better. The upside is I heard that the former chef for the latter has moved up to the D.C. area; I’m not above tracking down a good chef — and the D.C. food scene isn’t exactly unfamiliar territory to me.

While I’m at it, I need to note that I won’t write bad reviews here. If I go somewhere with bad food or poor service, I might mention the restaurant, but I won’t elaborate. I’m doing this mostly as a record of my comings and goings. If I help out a misguided googler along the way, great. But I’m not a food critic, just a very willing consumer who enjoys a good meal, and I’m not going to get into any prissy debates about this hot restaurant or that campy dive. If I note a place of business here, it’s because I had a satisfying exchange of goods or services. And in this day and age, that’s a beautiful thing.

Author: Jacqui Barrineau

Jacqui Barrineau is a writer and editor who lives in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., with husband Trey, a Shetland Sheepdog, and two unhelpful-but-funny cats. Her work has appeared in "So to Speak" and "Calliope," and she's a regular contributor to the flash-fiction sites Paragraph Planet and Doorknobs & Bodypaint. Once upon a time, she was the audience engagement editor at USA Today. Now she does other fun things that involve advertising, marketing and social media. The views expressed here and in other outlets are hers, not her employers'. Outside of work, she's proud to serve on the Northern Virginia Community College Marketing Advisory Committee. As a committee member, she joins industry leaders in lending their knowledge and expertise to ensure the college's Marketing curriculum is relevant and responsive to the needs of the students and the surrounding business communities.

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