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Choosing a Restaurant
Date November 15, 2010
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Choosing a Restaurant

Choosing a Restaurant

Choosing a Restaurant

Not all restaurants are responsible when it comes to the safety of their patrons. What I mean by this, is sometimes food-sanitation standards are not always met, and the likelihood of becoming sick is greater. Here are a few things to look for when dining out:

Look at the general appearance of the façade of the restaurant. Are the windows clean? Is the sidewalk and entry way clear of debris and other material?

Every city has a health department that checks up on the cleanliness, and safety of eateries. The restaurant is required to post a sticker in visible sight, on the front window. The best rating is always an “A.” If you can’t find the sticker, or see a rating below “A,” skip it.

Take some time to investigate. Before you head out, use the internet to find out what other people are saying. It’s usually very easy to find other people’s views on the restaurant you want to visit.

An empty restaurant at 7pm on a Friday night usually isn’t a good idea. Word spreads fast- if you’ve picked a place to eat that is vacant, it’s a good idea to try something else.

Check the overall appearance inside. Are the tables set and clean? Are the floors swept? Are the water glasses and silverware free from smudges and dirt?

Pay attention to the wait staff. Are they well-groomed? Are their uniforms clean? Poor personal hygiene can also translate to haphazard handling of food products.

Take a peek in the kitchen if possible. Many restaurants have exposed kitchens- take a look. Is the kitchen in disarray? Are there food products strewn about, and open containers all over the kitchen? Are the cooks covered in filth?

Your food should arrive hot, and in a timely manner. Even if a restaurant is busy, an organized and efficient kitchen can still get the food to its customers on time.

Do you have anything to add? Let us know!

Happy Cooking!

Chef Chuck Kerber

chuck@cooksandeats.com

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One Response to Choosing a Restaurant

  1. I agree that you should check restaurants out during busy times to see what people are attending to get an idea of the place. That way, you can observe how they serve their customers. There are so many great restaurants and steakhouses to choose from; it’s important that you pick one that you are comfortable in with those you are dining with, since eating out is such a social activity.

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