Five Behind-the-Scenes Takes on Being a Restaurant Critic, After 100 Reviews

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Danielle Lirette
Bacon Jam flatbread from Range

When people find out what I do for a living, they always ask two things: 1) What's your favorite restaurant? And 2) What's it like to be a critic? I'll save the answer to the first question for our 31st edition of Best Of Denver next spring.

But with one more week to go before my hundredth review, now is a great time to peel back the curtain on this wild and wonderful job.

See also: Six Tidbits About Dining in Denver Collected Over 100 Reviews

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Danielle Lirette
Lower 48, Gretchen's choice for Best New Restaurant 2014

5. I eat out. A lot. So I'm always looking for people to come to restaurants with me. And while I initially invited friends I wanted to catch up with, that strategy has its shortcomings. Reviewing is work, not play. So all you picky eaters, loud talkers, and folks with small appetites, sorry, you're off the list. But I still love you.


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Danielle Lirette
Sopes yucateca with cochinita pibil at Mayan Manjar Yucateco.

4. I knew I could eat a lot; just how much surprised me, which is why I don't eat out in skinny jeans or clothes that fit better standing up than sitting. Still, I can't order ten dishes on my own. (See above.)


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