Rating anything is difficult, especially if you are wanting to use the rating as a gauge for others. For me, I want to use a system that is universal across all types of places. As with many things, in food you run the gambit of style, quality, taste, price, and value. I rate on three criteria as explained:
Food – How was the food? Did it taste well? How was it prepared to the menu? Is it the best steak you have ever eaten or would you feed it to the dog?
Value – Expectations account for the spectrum of value. I expect the Steak at Ruth’s Chris to taste better than the one at Denny’s. The price indicates that. “Bang to Hype” also plays a role in expectations and value. Was the experience worthy of the hype? Did the food seem to sell the restaurant?
Re-visit – Would you return? Is it worthy of a second look or second chance? Will it become a staple of the stable or simply on rotation? Stay away at all costs?!?!?!
Utilizing these three criteria, let’s explore the food scene and where the adventures stack up. Using typical methodology, the star system is as follows:
1 – No thanks
2 – Meh, can do better
3 – Not bad, please try
4 – Get there now