Dining out and getting a good meal can elevate a day, date, occasion or vacation but finding that perfect restaurant to feed the cravings that match the day is really where the rub lies. There really is nothing greater than comfort food except maybe trying something succulent and new and making that your comfort food. Food and drink sales of the restaurant industry in the United States were forecasted to exceed 683 billion U.S. dollars in 2014. So with all that revenue, there are millions of restaurants to choose from; most of them fantastic with mixed reviews online. So how do you tell the difference between the good, the bad, and the great? Well there are a few common threads of themes that all good restaurants share. Whether you’re on a first date, vacationing on Miami beach, or a street away from home, here are 3 things to look for when looking for a new restaurant.
1. Do They have Chicken
Seriously, think of the best restaurants in the world and/or your favorite; do they offer chicken? Exactly, because Americans consume more chicken than anyone else in the world. It’s the number one protein consumed in the United States. If a restaurant is worth its salt, then they’ll be able to rock at least one chicken dish, hopefully chicken wings. Fun fact: in 2015, the U.S. consumed 90.1 pounds of chicken per capita. The National Chicken Council projects that in 2016t, the U.S. will consume 91.8 pounds of chicken per capita. That is a lot of chicken.
2. Delivery and/or Catering
“is this pick up or delivery” are some of the sweetest words a stranger can say on the phone. So when thinking of where to eat there are few choices better than home, right? In 2014, there were 39,325 eating and drinking places in Florida, alone; and most of them offer food delivery. Say it with me: food delivery, food delivery, food delivery.
3. Fast food or food fast?
Because there is a difference; and while waiting for the kitchen to prepare it is always a nice touch, fine dining has lost its appeal as of late, as no one wants to wait an hour for a table and an hour for their food anymore. What people want is food fast and with style. People don’t want to just take pictures of their food anymore, they want to take pictures with the owners. When picking where to eat, a lot of the decision making has to do with where the feel most like family.
What do you look for when looking for new restaurants. Leave in the comments below.