Dave Reviews OC Yelp Reviews, Part 14

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Welcome to another edition of the Red Pencil Diaries, where we sift through the litterbox that is everyone's favorite social review site to come up with the festering cat-turd reviews that lurk just below the surface.

Honestly, someone ought to invent a browser plug-in that searches for ellipses, misspellings, and phrases like "food poisoning" or "Now, if you know my mom..." and filters them out. The signal-to-noise ratio would skyrocket.

One can dream... in the meantime, here is this week's lot.

Renata C.'s 1-star review of Taco Maria:

The fish was amazing; the guacamole was amazing; the chips were not, and therefore Renata C. will never darken the doorstep of Taco Maria ever again. She is also never returning to Phuket Thai in HB, and thinks perhaps she should order something that's not pho at a pho shop. Do you ever get the feeling that perhaps Renata C. leaves restaurants behind her like so much culinary carnage?

2. Catherine Q.'s 2-star review of Arc:

The bartender--who is one of the best in the county, incidentally--is shaking the drink vigorously because that is how you get things like alcohol, citrus, and egg to play nicely together. You shake the hell out of it. It has nothing to do with attention; there's not much else to look at, because the restaurant is designed to focus attention on the kitchen and bar area.

Then there's the water. Catherine Q. was so upset by the infused water that she spent 28 percent of her entire review carping about it. Add to this the 14 words complaining about the soft couches and the low seats, despite the fact that there are normal benches and then very, very tall bar chairs, and you have a terrible, almost content-free review.

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