Ten Ways To Tell a Restaurant Will Suck Before You Take a Bite

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Interesting blog entry at
http://blogs.sfweekly.com/foodie/2011/09/ten_ways_to_tell_a_restaurant.php
Of course, I'm sure that we can all add a few things to the list. From my neighbourhood....
If you are offering valet parking when no one else does, something else is wrong and you aren't addressing the problem.
You close for the winter.
You have models for waitresses that look like if they ate a toothpick, you would see the bump.
 

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havn't read the article but round here were all hotel and restaurant people are related by blood or marriage the test is do the staff eat there and recomend it to people they actually know. If they don't then never eat there.
 

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No one acknowledges you are standing at the hostess station. Not the hostess nor any of the staff you have to move for so they can get by.
(Around here closing for the winter is not a bad thing, just means the place has no heat.)
 

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No one acknowledges you are standing at the hostess station. Not the hostess nor any of the staff you have to move for so they can get by.
(Around here closing for the winter is not a bad thing, just means the place has no heat.).
Alibi Ike said:
(Around here closing for the winter is not a bad thing, just means the place has no heat.)
Around here it means you are a tourist restaurant and your food isn't good enough to get the locals to actually come in.
 

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No one acknowledges you are standing at the hostess station. Not the hostess nor any of the staff you have to move for so they can get by.
(Around here closing for the winter is not a bad thing, just means the place has no heat.).
Alibi Ike said:
(Around here closing for the winter is not a bad thing, just means the place has no heat.)
Around here it means you are a tourist restaurant and your food isn't good enough to get the locals to actually come in.
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We're in a town of 7500. With at least 20 restaurants (not including the street vendors). Even the very good ones see a major dip in the off season. So, the lobster shacks close. It's rare to see an actual 'shack' open past Columbus Day/Canada's Thanksgiving Day. Lots of places take a month off when it's really cold. It's just cost prohibitive to turn the heat on, have staff in and then get 2 customers.
A couple of places with an 'anchor' restaurant in another town have tried staying open here in the winter but the 7500 of us just don't eat out that much!
We went to Bar Harbor a couple of years ago in Nov. Two restaurants open. One had a husband and wife running everything, the other one had ONE person running the entire restaurant. She was the maitre d', the cook, the busboy, the wait staff. It was amazing to watch her as the place filled up!
Sure, there are 'tourist' places that are only open in the summer, but even they don't last if they don't serve good food.
But, this isn't a city. City dining is different as I read every week in the New Yorker when another restaurant opens right where 5 others have failed to thrive.
 

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I think having a sign that says 'where the locals go to eat' is a dead giveaway! The locals don't want tourists where they go to eat!
 
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