Criteria

Here’s the criteria we’re using to evaluate the restaurants we visit.

Localness 1-5

1:  A locally owned restaurant or one that supports the local economy.

2:  Mentions using locally produced/sourced items but upon visiting, you discover the menu doesn’t match the website.

3:  The advertising is true! There really are some items that are locally sourced.

4:  At least 50% of the items are locally sourced.

5:  The localness is very evident. You can tour the garden and maybe even see the animals in the chicken house or pasture.

Flavor 1-5

1:  Disappointing.

2:  Nothing exciting to write about.

3:  Interesting, but maybe you could do this at home.

4:  A few items have amazing or complex flavors.

5:  You’re in the clouds with every bite. This is the kind of food that you crave the next day + longer.

Pleasant surprise?

Yes or No plus comments

The C factor = comfort + coziness 1-5

1:  Unacceptable…possible feelings of yuck.

2:  Awkward feeling, due to lack of signs or unhelpful staff.

3:  Not bad, but the atmosphere wasn’t your cup your tea.

4:  Close to perfection except for …

5:  Warm, inviting and informed staff and an atmosphere that makes you want to stay as long as possible…a sigh of sadness when it’s time to leave.

A perfect score = 15+

A five in each of the three rated categories and a plus for a pleasant surprise.

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We know that the restaurant owned by our family would not achieve a perfect score.  It is a level of perfection we hope to find in our dining out adventures and a level for us to achieve, in time, at our own restaurant.

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