Real Simple Magazine's blog, "Simply Stated" has a feature today about picking a good restaurant. She speaks about a lunch date she had with David Gelin, whose has a book called BBQ Joints: Stories and Secret Recipes from the Barbeque Belt . Now, I don't travel down South much (living in Virginia is odd enough for me as it is), but I thought this may be interesting. The writer states that his criteria for picking a good restaurant from a bad restaurant (when down south)goes as follows:
- The bread is bleached, white, and flavorless (ummm???)
- The name of the restaurant has a person's name and "derivation of the word barbecue". (You're losing me.)
- The restaurant has a photo of a character from Hee-Haw (TOTALLY LOST ME.)
- The restaurant has items on the menu like "riblets" (What is wrong with riblets?)
- The server brings you moist towlettes (Really? That's bad? Are you sure this isn't flipped around?)
I may not understand this (nor agree), but I know my criteria for good/bad restaurants.
- The bread is crisp on the outside, soft on the inside.
A server comes up to your table within 1 minute of being seated (I'm impatient). Drinks within 5 minutes.
- Interesting, organic decoration (not organic like "green"- although that is good,too- but organic as in "not forced").
- Any restaurant with "Bros." in the title. I refuse. It's a restaurant, not a plumber.
- Tourists. (Sorry.)
- Anything where something is misspelled on the menu. (ie: Grilled Zuckini with portabella mushroom. I'm not making that up, either).
Il Corallo Trattoria. Best restaurant, best prices, perfect. Don't tell anyone.