I believe in the free market and that every day, the biggest vote in the world takes place when we choose to spend money on products and services. I also believe in the value of transparency that the Internet makes possible where everyone can have a soapbox to share their experiences (good or bad) with the world. Therefore, I use Yelp and try to focus on small business owners where I can talk to the owner, get to know their name, and hope that they remember mine. You can find my Yelp profile here: rydertoddsmith.yelp.com or see a map of my reviews below.
Please note I grade on a curve, so you see a nice bell curve of mostly 3′s with some 2′s and 4′s and a couple 1′s and 5′s. I also don’t focus on value necessarily, so while food may taste good, I don’t rate it better just because it is cheap.