A restaurant that seems too good to be true may just be, Axios’ Josh Barro reports.
And as the market grows, there’s little to be done to ensure it’s worth it, according to the Wall Street Journal’s Jonathan Weiler.
Here are five ways to find it out: 1.
Know the type of restaurant you’re looking at.
“It can be a great, small, local restaurant or a big, international one,” Weiler said.
“The type of food and atmosphere can also determine the price.”
So if you’re shopping for a great restaurant, Barro said to “look for a type that’s not cheap, like a smaller, regional restaurant.”
Check out the menu.
If the restaurant offers something like a seafood or vegetarian menu, you can see if it’s a good fit.
Ask about the location.
“Ask the restaurant if they offer a ‘drive-through’ option or if they’re open 24/7,” Barro wrote.
“If you don’t have the time or money to drive in, try to find a local restaurant that’s open 24 hours a day.
If you don the drive-through option, try a ‘sandwich shop’ or a ‘kitchen’ instead.”
Ask to see the menu before you go.
If a restaurant offers a list of all the dishes, ask for the ones you like and ask for them to be listed on the menu, he said.
If they don’t, “it can be very tempting to go in and grab everything.”
Ask if there’s a fee.
If there’s no fee, Barros said to always “try to find the cheapest price you can.”
If the price isn’t listed, ask about how much you’ll be charged and the amount of wine you’ll get.
If it’s not listed, “ask about the time and the date.”
“It’s better to go for the experience than the food, as it’ll make you feel more comfortable,” he said to Barro.
So make sure to keep checking back and getting to know the restaurants in your area, as well as their owners.