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Adventures in Shilling #031: THOR, Country, Highbar, Agave

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It's time for another edition of Adventures in Shilling, in which we fight shilling the best way we can, by shaming tasteless, unscrupulous shills into submission. Well, that's the plan, at least. Fight shills yourself by dropping offensive links to

2008_06_thor.jpgThe shills haven't been as ubiquitous this week, so perhaps the restaurant PR folk are taking a vacay during Shitshow Week. Sadly, there were still a few suspect comments left here, in the inbox, and on Citysearch, and we feel it's our duty to expose them.

Man, we hate to do this to you Geoffrey, but the commenters brought our attention to this possibly shilly comment: "I must totally disagree with many of the comments made by these people on Country. I have eaten there a few times and last week had lunch there. The service was fantastic. The food was exquistely prepared. The chef came out to the table to explain where he gets his food from. The wine list has been totally overhauled. Not only was our selection fantastic, but it also made for great reading until our meals came. Over all it was so nice I will definately be back, probably this week."
Shill Probability: 29%

The following Citysearch comment is a suspect shill because it's the commenter's first review ever and it's a bit on the rosy side: "I went to the High Bar outdoor patio on a Wednesday night after work for drinks. The ambiance was incredible. I can't imagine a better place on a sunny day. I fear that as more people get wind of High Bar, it will be impossible to get in the door and will be a much more high strung crowd. *Sigh*...It was a relatively young and mixed crowd, suits and hipsters alike. The drinks are expensive. The cocktails are around $16 and come in plastic high ball glasses.
Shill Probability: 45%

Out of the blue, from the inbox, we have this unexpected shill for THOR: "I had dinner at THOR last night and really had a great meal. The dining room had a great buzz. It was roomy & comfortable. We shared the best tuna tartar and the ceviche. Both dishes are favorites of mine.I had the pork tenderloin & my date had the halibut. The pork was cooked and presented perfectly. My date said the halibut melted in her mouth. The malted lollipops were a fun and sweet endeing to the meal. Service was impecable. Great date atmosphere."
Shill Probability: 72%

We've got another one from Citysearch here, from another user writing their first ever review. What do you know? It's a rave for Agave: "I was there on Friday night with a couple of friends and we had dinner outside. It's such a cute place, very crowded an a lot of fun. We started with some margaritas at the bar, the bartender told us we should go for the agave nectars and they were excellent! They use organic agave nectar which gives a little sweetness but not too much and it's made with partida tequila which i was not familiar with and it's really good. We then wanted to try some other tequilas cause the bartender kind of got us all excited with the huge selection. So he gave us this tequila called 7 leguas in the reposado version and it was incredible!!!...It was my first time here and i will be back soon."
Shill Probability: 89%

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