Have you ever went to a new restaurant and wondered how to judge if you are in a good place or not? As you can imagine, I have. As you know, there are many signs that the restaurant you are sitting in is less than perfect. Here I chose to give you five dead giveaways that you may want to pass on desert.
Number 5: Your Table Has Not Been Cleaned. There is nothing that says you are not welcome more than taking you to a table that has not yet been cleaned. This action shows that the restaurant is either trying to hurry the customers, or they have no organization skills at all. If the first is true, you will feel like someone is always looking over your shoulder. If the later is true, you will never get your order right, your bill may be wrong, and well..... good luck.
Number 4: You Are The Only One In The Restaurant. This can only mean a couple of things. Either you came on Christmas day, or everyone else knows something you don't. I am going to assume its not the first so what is it that you don't know? People will eat just about anything. For instance, the golden arches sold over ninety-nine billion. If no one is in the restaurant, usually the experiences have been bad on numerous occasions. My suggestion.... you should probably leave too. Your body will thank you.
Number 3: Your Server Brings You The Wrong Drink. Yes, everyone makes mistakes. However, if you server didn't get your drink order correct, what confidence can you have that he/she will get your food order correct. A good server takes pride in getting everything correct. If you didn't get a skilled server, chances are the cook will not be skilled either.
Number 2: Your Menu Is Handwritten. You may think you are in a small and exciting restaurant when you receive a handwritten menu. However this tells you that the owners just didn't want to take the time to type the menu. If the first thing in the business was the thing they chose to slack on, you probably aren't getting the best ingredients.
Number 1: Your Food Doesn't Look Like Food. My number one reason for knowing you are in a bad restaurant is that your food looks nothing like food. How will you know if your food doesn't look like food? You have been eating food for as long as you have been alive. By this time, if you look at your dish and think to yourself "Is this edible?", perhaps you should send that back. If it doesn't look like food, it could be decaying, or not prepared correctly. In either case, its your life. No new and exciting food is worth putting your body in danger!
And there you have it. Five ways to know that you are not in a good restaurant. Feel free to leave us a comment about a bad restaurant experience that you have had. Until the next foodie five, eat what you want!
Have you ever had trouble choosing a restaurant to go to? I know it is one of the most difficult choice in our daily lives. You don't want to make the wrong decision and be disappointed. An even more difficult situation occurs when you have a spouse, friend, or other party involved in the choice. So how can you avoid spending countless minutes, or even hours agonizing over what establishment to eat at? I think I have some tips that will help.
So let's say you are alone and you have the task of choosing your dinner for the night. You have a few choices in mind but can't definitively decide for fear of your disappointment. You could spend and hour trying to reason your way to an answer that will end up with you settling for something convenient and less satisfying. You could narrow it down to two choices and flip a coin, which will leave you wondering if you made the right choice. Or you could try these simple steps.
First, try not to think about the restaurant. Try to choose the type of food you want first. If you can narrow your choice down to a great steak or a juicy burger, you now have a great starting point. Let's say you choose a burger. Now start to think of the restaurants with the best burgers in your town. You should have a small pool to choose from at this point. Now try to visualize eating a burger. Let your mind take over and within minutes you should know where you are going.
Now let's discuss the plus one situation. Let's say you are out with your spouse. Most married people know that choosing a restaurant together can be quite a task. The discussion usually starts, "What do you want tonight?" The reply is usually, "I don't know." This goes on for at least an hour, ending in sour grapes for both parties and ending up at a place like the golden arches. Let's discuss a cure.
Before you ask where the other wants to eat, you know the reply. You should have suggestions before you even ask the question. Knowing that you will probably get an answer of no on all of these, try not to walk on egg shells. If you have something you really want, say it. This will let you know your companies true intentions. If you say you want to get a burger, the other party will probably say one of two things. Yes, where would you like to get one, or No, I don't feel like a burger.
Either way you are on your way to a quick decision. If you find yourself getting a no on every suggestion, which happens occasionally, the other party is not ready for food, and chances are, there is something else needing to be accomplished before dinner. Try to keep the dinner decision in a relaxed atmosphere. This will help in choosing a place that will not disappoint either party.
Yes choosing a restaurant is not an easy task, but following these instructions can speed up the process and you will be satisfied more. Remember, if you are not satisfied at dinner, you will spend the rest of the evening eating everything in your home, trying to satisfy what your mind was really wanting to eat. So remember to always make a good food decision, and as always, eat what you want!
Today, I found myself staring at an elevator that did not look inviting. I reluctantly pushed the button and waited for it to arrive. As it came down the shaft, I could hear the creaking and the may other noises it made, still wondering if I should get on. The doors parted ways with each other and I entered. After what seemed like an eternity, the doors began to shut and I was now along for the ride.
As I arrived on the second floor, still hearing the noises of the old machine, I saw the doors begin to open. The ride had not stopped yet. I actually saw my cart slide into its place. I don't know if that was suppose to happen, but I was just happy to make the sketchy journey to the second floor.
As I exited the building I thought about the chance I had just taken. I was only going to the second floor and yet, I chose to take the elevator. I could have taken the stairs. It would have required some effort but at least I could have ensured a safe journey to the top. So what does this have to do with food?
I've noticed there is not much new or different dishes out there being made. I feel the restaurant industry is getting a sort of "elevator" mentality. You see every building has stairs, but we choose to lock ourselves up in this metal box in hopes that it will take us to the top. If you want to be at the top, you must think out of the box. Just having the best chicken and waffles in town will not win you awards. But what if we tried chicken and crepes? I've not seen that. Its outside of that box. Yes you may have to take those stairs. You may have to work a little harder. But you can guarantee yourself you will get to the top.
Being a critic of food, I can tell you there are combinations out there that are being tried and are successful. Those people are winning awards. Your special garlic mashed potatoes are good, but I'm not telling anyone about that. It's time we all stay out of that metal box. If you stay in the box, you may not make it. Just put in the work, and take the stairs.
Today I came home to a white powdered substance on the floor of my child's room. Now she is four years of age and it is typical to find some sort of mess that she has made somewhere in the house. I brought her into her room to ask her what had happened to her floor. She then proceeded to tell me she attempted to make snow in her room, which sounds like a fun idea. However she decided to use powdered soap for the washing machine in order to create her snow. You see although it looked like a fine idea, that soap has harsh cleaning chemicals that bother the senses in it. In short, it did not make good snow. In fact, it may have made the worst snow.
What does that have to do with food? Consider the following. Have you ever had a limited time item at your favorite fast food restaurant that just didn't quite seem to come together? Sure I have had my fair share of those items be successes, but every now and then, one comes out that is, to put it nicely, disgusting. In respect to those items, I have never seen them pull the item before its time runs out. They have too much product, or they simply feel the need to have a promotional item out there.
You see these items look and sound good, but at the end of the day they are not snow, they are washing detergent. The fact is we are being given something sub-par because the corporation thinks if they do not have a promotion going, we will not come. The truth is if the establishment has been there for a while, we will show up. I would prefer if a presentable product cannot be produced, they just pass until a good product comes along.
Of course this theory is not exempt to chefs. Some chefs are so worried about having that signature dish, that they will continue to serve food that is not composed well and thus put themselves at risk as being a mediocre chef with technical issues. My advice is simple. Snow will come eventually and washing detergent will not be a substitute You don't have to force your brilliance, it will come to you if you are patient.