My wife and I went to California to visit our daughter for Easter weekend, so when we got home from the airport on Monday, we didn’t have any food in the house. That made our decision a bit of a no-brainer: Hit every aisle at the Hazel Dell WinCo Foods and stop by Billy Blues Bar & Grill for dinner.
We’ve been going to Billy Blues probably once a week for years. The servers are friendly. My favorite beer, Log Yard IPA, is on tap. Their chicken enchilada wins my vote for the best Mexican dish in Vancouver.
As regulars, we have gotten to know the owners, Bill and Kodi Gianukakis, and seen how hard they have worked to build what was once a feed store serving farms and dairies into a successful business feeding suburbanites’ needs for steaks, drinks and live music. So when we sat down at our favorite table, I wasn’t surprised when Kodi seemed a little bit nervous that Billy Blues will be the subject of a Dining Out review in one of our upcoming Weekend sections. (She knew this because our photo team had called her to schedule a shoot.)
Although I didn’t assign the review and haven’t read it, I doubt there’s anything to worry about. Karen Livingston, our Dining Out columnist, talked about the “fantastic food and super service” the last time she reviewed the place.
Still, it got me thinking again about how journalists need to walk a line between living in the community they cover but not allowing their opinions to unduly influence news coverage. And above all, we need to be transparent.