The best satire is deeply rooted in reality. That’s why an article from this week’s issue of the Onion shook us to the core. “Brave Woman Enters Restaurant Without First Looking It Up Online,” the headline blared. At Consumerist HQ, we asked each other: is there really anyone out there who is so bold and reckless that they would do such a thing?
It’s 2012, people. We have Yelp apps. There is no excuse. Or is there? Where do you draw the line? Is it okay to visit a new location of a trusted chain without checking reviews or asking around? How about a new restaurant from a particular chef you like? What if someone else is paying?