What is your signature food to judge restaurants?
The actual main course is important, a good pasta dish. My favorite is a creamy gorgonzola cheesy sauce. It has to have good quality and taste. Sometimes the price of a dish is expensive but not good, which is a downfall.
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A good burger and fries. A good burger has to be thick and juicy, and the fries have to be hot and crispy. It's hard to find a good burger, and my husband and I are always on the hunt for a good burger. My husband is from Iowa, beef central, and we import beef from there when we are visiting to barbecue. The key to a good barbecued burger is Worcestershire sauce and Montreal steak seasoning.
The beginning is important to me, which is the appetizer. It sets the pace and standard for what the balance will be for the meal to follow. Chefs can use different ingredients that can show their creativity, which lets me know what to expect in the rest of the meal.
I judge a restaurant if their restroom is clean or if the place is filthy, it makes me wonder about their kitchen. The entree is important to me, especially how they prepare their beef and if it's consistently prepared the same way.
A good, fresh seafood dish, especially salmon. I like it grilled with an interesting sauce. Most restaurants have a salmon dish that I will order.