How much do restaurant reviews affect your dining decisions?

Will you completely avoid a venue based on a professional critic's published review? Has a glowing write-up of a dining establishment sent you scrambling for a reservation? I have enjoyed some very memorable meals at Los Angeles eateries Koi, Luna Park, and Citizen Smith, which have all been given one star by the Los Angeles Times. Even though the Bruni/Chowdrow epic saga makes for interesting car-crash style reading, I find that I tend to avoid reading professional reviews until after I’ve experienced it for myself.

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