Originally posted in Dec 2010
Restaurant ratings need a major makeover.
In Chicago the most publications and critics rank on a four star system- give or take.
Think about it- a chef can open a casual spot, with simple food, little décor, no liquor…and yet achieve a four star rating!
Now, the same rating can also be given to a restaurant with world class chefs, the finest china, top product, expensive wine and decadent décor.
Let me offer a new system- that would encompass all dining:
A Three-Bracket System:
1st tier: Dots
A restaurant that is casual and low priced can receive up to four dots. Big Star is a prime example
2nd tier: Asterisk
Think Perennial- a great neighborhood spot offering wines, nice décor and a seasonal menu.
3rd tier: Stars
L20- with their fine dining, creative chef, sommelier and excellent service- a place like L20 would be starred.
A restaurant can jump tiers but in order to do so they would have to meet set criteria.
I’m not saying my system is perfect, but in a day when a rating can make or break a business- it’s only fair that Aliena and Big and Littles can’t receive the same rating.
You with me?