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June 30, 2005

Restaurant Warning Signs...

[Found over at Cynical Cyn...]

Just because you're a tourist doesn't mean you should eat like one. How do you know if a place isn't worth your patronage? William Grimes, a former restaurant critic for the New York Times, serves up 10 warning signs.

1. The name of the restaurant is followed by an exclamation point.

2. It's called Bubba's Down-Home Barbecue -- and it's in Boston.

3. Out front, there's a big plastic chef holding a menu.

4. The wine list is bound in tooled leather and has tassels.

5. The cuisine is Chinese, Japanese, and Italian.

6. The review in the window has yellowed and started to curl at the corners.

7. The restaurant revolves.

8. The words "buffet," "all you can eat," or "salad bar" appear in the window.

9. The waiters are carrying pepper mills the size of shoulder-fired rockets.

10. The word "decadent" is used to describe any dessert.

Posted by Peskie at June 30, 2005 12:00 PM