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Adventures in Shilling #035: Gonzo, Bubby's, James

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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 tips@eater.com

2008_07_james.jpgFor the latest installment of Adventures in Shilling we found a shiller who love, love, loves Gonzo's pizza, someone who thinks Bubby's mac and cheese is the best she's ever had, and a woman who was blessed to eat a tasting menu at the immaculate James:

A surprising number of five star reviews from first time users for the restaurant Gonzo: "I love Gonzo....Their pizzas are the best. I had the corn & mashed potato pizza and it was the best white pizza I've ever had. The staff are all so friendly and the wine list was nice. I started with a drink at the bar. The bartender recommended some type of fresh watermelon drink and it was WOW! The rest of the food was good too but the pizza stands out."
Shill Probability: 58%

Even if we disregard our stance on Bubby's, the comment left on this three month old post is a bit suspect: "We were seated right away at a sunny table in the corner. watermelon lemonade was refreshing, mac and cheese was possibly the best i've ever had, and the sour cherry pie was to-die-for. our waiter wasn't exactly fine-dining material, but he was friendly, attentive, and gave us everything we asked for. (including extra place mats to take home with us upstate.) a very good experience all around -- bubby, we're telling our friends!!"
Shill Probability 64%

The following, from a first time commenter, is a bit too over-the-top: "I was lucky enough to go on a Saturday night. The space is small (I don't know about 30 tables?), however, it's such an impeccably beautiful space that it was elegant, yet comfy AND affordable. The wait /bar staff treats everyone like a rock star. A great date spot or night out with the pals, and I wouldn't feel weird about eating at the bar alone. You can show up in jeans or put on your heels! We were 'blessed' with a tasting menu.... mmmmmm-mmmmmh! Everything was excellent...The flavors all clean and true to the ingredients (the skate still tasted like skate)."
Shill Probability: 79%
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