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    What's the first thing you do when you want to experience a new restaurant but have no idea where to go? If you answered "Yelp it," you're not alone -- the site, with its customer ratings and reviews, is so ridicuously popular that it can make or break a restaurant.

    One awesome Italian eatery in California is very well aware of that fact, thank you, and they couldn't give a flip. After Botto Bistro co-owner Davide Cerretini suspected Yelp was purposely giving him one-star reviews because he stopped advertising with them, he did something extraordinarily rare for a business owner: he offered customers 25 percent off their bill if they agreed to trash the place on Yelp.

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    Ever go out to eat at a restaurant and decide to split a meal? Of course you have. Would you share food at one of those big group dinners?

    One restaurant owner is sick of seeing large parties taking up tables without everyone ordering something, while other would-be customers are forced to wait. 

    Stewing over the fact that some of his guests at those tables are merely sipping water without buying anything on the menu, Martin Duncan of eatery Freestyle Tout in Australia decided to do something about it. He posted a new policy on Facebook: Everyone in parties of 10 to 20 has to buy something during peak hours.

    But is that really fair?

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    Fellow eaters, I believe we are witnessing the end of dine-and-dash misdemeanors. Skipping out on your restaurant bill is out like takeout, or it will be soon. Sadly, this is not because we've all grown consciences overnight. It's because of restaurants like Our Place: The eatery shamed a dine-and-dasher on Facebook using surveillance images of his dishonorable actions. It'll probably never happen again at Our Place. Could your favorite restaurant follow suit?

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    Have you heard about the Monterey, California, restaurant that is banning strollers, high chairs, booster seats, and even crying children?

    In a move that not surprisingly has some parents very upset, the Old Fisherman's Grotto restaurant has adopted what can be described as a "your kids are welcome here, but only if they're above a certain age and know how to act like civilized individuals" policy.

    And they're apparently pretty strict at enforcing it, as there's even a sign that clearly states that unruly and loud babies and kids are simply not allowed to dine there. Including their gear.

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    This story will definitely give you reservations about dining in a restaurant any time soon! A Korean barbecue chain in Beijing was recently exposed for serving customers' leftovers to new, unsuspecting diners! Apparently, at this all-you-can-eat buffet, the sneeze guard is the least of your worries!

    As moms, we've all witnessed kids take a piece of food (possibly even lick it!) and then decide they don't want it and try to put it back. But redistributing leftovers at a restaurant takes that unsanitary practice to a whole 'nother level.

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    Back in the day (according to every Western movie I've ever seen), a fellah could mosey into any saloon with his gun in its holster and not expect any trouble. But nowadays? Most folks prefer their dining establishments gun-free. But for those who long for the wild, wild west, there's Shooters Grill, a restaurant where waitresses pack heat. And it's located in (wait for it ... wait for it ... ) a Colorado town called Rifle, of course! Here's what you'll find at this dining establishment.

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    I love toast. Some may feel that is a boring statement, but fellow toast lovers can feel, taste, smell the excitement. Toast isn't just a piece of white bread with some half-melted butter smeared on top of it, causing the slice to nearly rip apart. Toast can be a culinary delight. And so, there is a toast dish going for $11 in New York. 

    I don't want to pay $11 for a piece of toast, but this $11 piece of toast in question isn't just your standard toast bread. We're talking a gourmet seven-grained bread served with pickled beef tongue sold at The Peacock in NYC. Cue the song with the lyrics, "I'm so fancy. Can't you taste this gold ...." I'd pay $11 for that.

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    If you're wearing of hearing about all the mean things people write on restaurant bills and the obnoxious behavior behind and in front of the counter, here's a sweet story that gives us hope. A customer left his bartender a $1000 tip -- because of a dog in need of surgery. And when you hear the whole story you may want to hug them both (and maybe the dog, too). It all started when the customer noticed a paw print tattoo on the bartender Christina Summit's arm.

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    Four former college students who interned for Taco Bell's ad agency in the 1990s are pretty peeved these days. They claim the fast food chain restaurant didn't come up with the brilliant idea to fuse delicious Doritos with delicious taco shells -- they did. They say they entered a competition at the agency in 1995 and pitched the idea to create a taco shell made from Doritos chips. Their suggestions included naming it "Doritos Tacos" -- so much for originality -- charging 79 cents per taco, and hiring former Friends star Matthew Perry to star in advertisements. One intern even says the two flavors they pitched -- Nacho Cheese and Cool Ranch -- were the exact flavors Taco Bell ended up using.

    Um, 17 years later, that is.

    It seems the world just wasn't ready for such explosive flavors back in the '90s. Taco Bell waited nearly two decades to introduce its Doritos awesomeness -- but that fact hasn't kept the interns from insisting they deserve some credit.

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    Like we needed yet ANOTHER reason to swing by our local Krispy Kreme. It was just announced that the masters of donut magic have created two new flavors to lure us in. This way, we can have our coffee with our donuts -- literally.

    For a limited time only the donut giant will be offering newfangled flavor sensations as the Mocha Kreme Doughnut and the Caramel Coffee Kreme Doughnut. Seriously, they had me at mocha -- the caramel and coffee are just added bonuses.

    So how do Krispy Kreme's new coffee donuts taste?

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