I receive an unbelievably high number of requests for restaurant recommendations. While I would like to give every one a thoughtful response, it is simply not possible.
For years now, I have tried to think of a solution to this problem. Having failed to do so thus far, I have, in the meantime, set up an auto-response on my email account that, in part, apologizes for my limitations and advises all who seek restaurant recommendations to consult my restaurant log (although the frequency of my posts has slowed down woefully over the past two years, I keep my restaurant log current).
But, my restaurant log is grossly inadequate as a dining guide. I have only written about a fraction of the meals that are recorded, so my opinion about the vast majority of dining experiences over my nine years of blogging is incomplete. Other than my year-end “best of” lists, which simply highlight my favorite dishes and meals of that year, I issue no “ratings” or “rankings” for restaurants. And that will not change — I find ratings and rankings problematic for a number of reasons, many of which will be revealed over the course of this post.
My restaurant log, therefore, tells little of where I like to eat (The frequency of my visits to each restaurant, which are recorded in the log, gives some indication as to where I tend to eat. But it doesn’t necessarily give you an accurate representation of where I like eating.), and even less of where I would recommend others eat based on my experience(s).
As its name suggests, my restaurant log is simply that – a record of restaurants where I have eaten.
So, what is the solution?