Definitely inspired by Tyler Cowen’s Six Rules for Dining Out:
Searching and Evaluating
- For dinner, earlier is better. Service and food quality decline through the evening.
- Great ethnic food is more likely to be found in a strip mall than a city center.
- A mural on the wall is a good sign.
- More than one generation of the same family on staff is a good sign.
- Don’t go to Olive Garden.
- If there’s something on the menu named after the restaurant, get that thing.
- Get seafood at a seafood restaurant, and get steak at a steakhouse, but don’t get either anywhere else.
- If a cheesesteak is referred to as anything other than a cheesesteak (e.g. steak and cheese, Philly steak), don’t get it.
- Don’t get tapas.
- Don’t get a special.
Paying and Leaving
- If the restaurant is full and parties are waiting, don’t order dessert and leave promptly.
- Scale your tip not only by the quality of service, but also by the time you used the table.
- Don’t split the check more than two ways.
- If it’s a small business, pay in cash.