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!