Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Restaurants Should Serve Better Food

By Karla Jones Seidita, Home Economist

I eat out a lot.

Sometimes, I just don't feel like cooking. 
Other times, I'm on the run. 

Then there's the times I'm eating out to check on restaurants for the guests who stay at my Bed & Breakfast.

And let's not forget recreational eating.... like when I get together with my gal pals.  We could get together over a book at the library but..... do we?    

However you serve it, I'm a dine around dame.

Like all good foodies, I used to shun fast food and chain restaurants but they're creeping onto my plate.  Fast food and chains have gotten good.

McDonald's for coffee.  Chick-Fil-A and Country Cooking for salads.  The Olive Garden for Italian and Ruby Tuesday for vegetarian fare so yummy it brings tears to my eyes.  How did this happen?

Well, my guess is that while the independent restaurants were hiking their prices, down sizing their portions, and serving the same frozen entrees, chain restaurants started to pay attention to how people REALLY eat.

People want good, well prepared food at reasonable prices.  
Is that too much to ask?

It would help, too, if the servers were clean, not scary looking and reasonably prompt with their service. 

My advice to independent restaurants?
Ditch those frozen French fries.  We can get them at the drive thru.  They'll be hotter and cost a lot less money.