Inevitably you will
venture into a new restaurant or two but you might not be sure if itís a good
idea. You want to have some idea about the quality of this place before you
order your meal. You can start your investigation with our Restaurant
Reviews but if there are no reviews available you still need to make a
choice. So, can you spot a bad restaurant before you dish out your hear earned
cash and get a case of food poisoning for your efforts? Well, in my opinion yesÖ to a certain degree. Here
are 10 things to look for.
the parking lot empty?
Chances are pretty good that if the parking lot is empty at meal time while
others are full you should keep on driving.
spruikers try and drag you in?
Seriously people, if they feel the need to have people drag you in off the
street then you need to keep walking.
on the tables? I am not
joking, it happens, though not likely at this time of year. Check out that
patio, if there are birds or rodents on the table keep walking by. Even worse,
if you see a rodent inside run as fast as you can!
do you smell? If there are
funky smells of any kind you should be looking for the exit. You donít know
where that smell is coming from and what if itís the kitchen? If its your
plate with a bad smell donít eat it, send it back and I would suggest leaving!
Also, if itís the staff that smells you are in trouble as well. Staff hygiene
is important and reflects on the kitchen, the management, and the head chef.
there food on the menu? I
mean physical food, if your hands get sticky from browsing the menu then the
staff obviously does not care about cleanliness and so why would the kitchen
restaurant with a gorgeous view!
Be careful, many of these places try to compensate for bad food with a fantastic
setting. This is not always the caseÖ just be aware.
it a chain restaurant? Come
on now, are you expecting anything other than reheated food from a microwave?
That being said, some chains produce good food but its not going to be the best
choice in terms of your health. Also, donít expect any form of consistency
within a chain. Yes it would be nice to know that your favorite Swiss Chalet is
in the town you are visiting but donít be surprised when your greatly
disappointed with the meal. Most chains also use microwaves and reheated foods
which may provide a good case of food poisoning. At least make sure your food is
long is the menu? If the
menu has 20 entreeís spanning seafood, chicken, pizza, steak, burgers and so
on itís a pretty safe bet that your going to get something from a freezer.
Remember, if they offer everything they specialize in nothing so you will not
get a best of anything at this type of restaurant.
Whoa, minds out of the gutter, let me explain this oneÖ Laminated menus are a
sign that the menu never changes. That means that your seasonal items will be
from a freezer. Watch out for condiment bottles on your table. For example,
those ketchup bottles can leave you with bad food poisoning if the ketchup is
never changed before adding fresh ketchup. Food and waste receptacles in the
dining room are a bad sign. Thatís unacceptable. They should be out of sight.
Really, if there is so much left over food that the server can not take it
directly to the kitchen then there is a problem with the food! So, erections are
anything standing that should not be standing where they are.
there anything questionable? Follow
your instincts people, if something about the place bugs you then leave. Its
that simple. Why risk it?
Remember, its your
money, its your choice, its your health. Watch for the signs and donít mind
sending food back and or leaving!