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post #1 of 92 (permalink) Old 12-21-2006, 09:46 AM Thread Starter
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what food do YOU gauge a restaurant with?

dunno if this has been discussed before, and fuck it if it has. we're going to discuss it again.

i don't care who you are, everyone has a food that they'll use to gauge how great a certain place to eat is. usually if that particular favourite dish fails to be repped to a standard you deem worthy of your wallet, then you won't return. for some it is soup. others, the seafood. maybe the fries or sandwiches. who knows? it does, of course, depend on the theme of the restaurant as well as what they serve, but everyone does have a dish that they'll use to effectively "test" how good the restaurant is.

for instance, my mom's is french onion soup. if the place doesn't have great french onion soup, she'll never go back. my dad's is chicken wings, while not always applicable, "if you can't make a decent wing then what can you make?" he might say.

for me it depends, though in my opinion if you can't produce a great fish & chips then you're going to hell. chili used to be a great measuring tool as well.

anyone else want to contribute? what do you feel a great place to eat needs to make correctly?

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Re: what food do YOU gauge a restaurant with?

I think it depends pretty significantly on what type of restaurant it is
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well, yeah, that is certainly open for discussion.

if you're into chinese food, what does a great chinese restaurant need to cook to your standards?

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chicken strips ftw!!!!


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I judge olive garden by how good its fried rice is.
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Re: what food do YOU gauge a restaurant with?

The place must have good water.... other than that, I don't really have any foods that I judge a place by. If their water is nasty though, forget it.

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hahaha i guess i'm spoiled by great water up here, i can't imagine terrible water from a place i'm paying to eat at.

for the record, if any sort of "south of the border" themed place has terrible guac, i'm outta there.

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if the place is a steakhouse and they can do a perfect medium rare filet, i'll be back :P

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[quote author=colorblindtyler link=topic=65067.msg1115787#msg1115787 date=1166713027]
The place must have good water.... other than that, I don't really have any foods that I judge a place by. If their water is nasty though, forget it.
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Not a whole lot places can do about water, other than filtering it... which all the higher end places do, and all the low end places don't...
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If a mexican restaurant can't 1) make a decent on-the-rocks margarita, and 2) make enchiladas with flour tortillas instead of corn, I don't go back.
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