We've all been hungry, tired and just want to find anywhere to eat.
However, more often than not this leads to bad food, service and experience. Here are a few tips to help you when trying to find a new place to eat.....
1. Proof of Certification
There are a couple things that we suggest that you do before you even arrive at a restaurant, but our number one tip would be to call ahead and ask about the certifications of the staff.
Ask about the cooks and servers food safe certifications. There are numerous options out there, so take note of what they say and check to see that it is legitimate.
2. Do they take food allergies seriously?
This obviously is one that you only must worry about should you have allergies, although it is a great test for how food smart the staff member on the phone is.
Let them know of what your allergies are, whether it is gluten, peanuts, or dairy, and ask what sort of alternative they have. If they seem clueless about the question, start looking for another restaurant.
3. Reviews - Trust people's feedback
This may require only a quick Google search. A bad report is going to be the first thing that a search brings up, but keep in mind the amount of time that has passed since that incident.
Consider the reviews, if a restaurant has survived from a previous failure and the reviews suggest that it has cleaned itself up accordingly, you may use your discretion. You can always excuse yourself if you make a visit and it does not appear as the reviews had suggested.
4. Look for Red Flags
Brazen restaurants put their staff in the open so that everyone can watch their practices.
It’s a good start for trusting the sanitary practices of their staff, but you should consider what the practices are for the prep work, or what is done behind closed doors. If the staff appears orderly, and prepared, you can relax, red flags are obvious: handling food without gloves, preparing food on unclean surfaces, not washing the hands when leaving the restroom.