Reviewers’ Guidelines

Beyond The Code we believe there should be guidelines for maintaining consistent standards and fair practices in food blogging.

We believe it is important for the reputation of food blogs that we hold ourselves to higher standards of conduct when reviewing the culinary media, food industry and its products.

1. We will be thorough.

2. We will be fair when reviewing a restaurant

  • We will try to visit a restaurant more than once (more than twice, if possible) before passing a final judgment. We realize that this is an ideal. Some people are writing about restaurants that they go to in their travels, and most of us don’t have the money to go to places more than once (and find it especially hard to cough up the extra dough if a place stinks the first time we go). If you only go to a restaurant once, just say so.
  • We will sample the full range of items on menu.
  • We will be fair to new restaurants. If we chose to post about a new restaurant within the first few days or weeks of opening we will say so and offer readers “initial impressions.”
  • If we receive an item for free or if we are recognized during our reviewing process, we will mention so in our review.
  • While anonymity is important when dining out and conducting a review, we will not hide behind a pseudonym. If complete anonymity is required for personal or professional safety, we will not post anything that we wouldn’t feel comfortable putting our name on and owning up to. Readers should also be able to respond to the reviews.