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lunch-outings during the work day

What do you do with your lunch hour at work? Do you brown-bag it each day and spend your hour sitting at your desk or in a dreary break-room? You likely have a handful of restaurants around your workplace that can provide you with a quick outing during a busy day. Calling ahead to place your order can help you make a lunch-outing possible during a busy day. My blog is all about your lunch hour. You will find ideas for making the most of those 60 precious minutes and getting a healthy, enjoyable lunch to get you through the day.


How To Find The Best Restaurants In Your Area

Are you interested in eating at the best restaurants in your area but don't know where to start? Whether you're on vacation, recently moved to an area, or haven't explored enough of your town's eateries, there's a right and a wrong way to do it. It's also important to realize what you enjoy in a restaurant, as other folks' favorite places might be horrible for you.

Figure Out What Qualities Are Most Important to You

Before you can start your journey of finding the best restaurants in your area, you need to decide on the qualifications. You may be searching for a place others might not consider the best.

Here are a few examples of qualifications you might have for finding a great restaurant:

  • Type of food

  • Variety

  • Prices

  • Eat-in, deliver, and pick-up options

  • Family-friendly

  • Location

Don't Simply Rely on Online Restaurant Reviews Websites

Most people tend to rely entirely on online review sites when choosing a restaurant in their area. They look for the place with the highest score—and most votes—and assume it must be their best option. While it's true that a consensus of public opinion is usually pretty reliable, these sites sometimes get influenced by spam, paid reviews, etc. 

Even if a business review website is entirely accurate, people tend to give favorable reviews for popular establishments and bad reviews for places that haven't yet built a good reputation. One bad score can hurt the reputation of a great restaurant that deserves another shot.

Food Reviewers

While online review websites can lead you in the wrong direction, individuals who review food for a living are a little more reliable. You can check out food reviews for your area in newspapers, news websites, local food review shows, or even on YouTube. Even if you disagree with their opinions, they will give you an inside look at each restaurant they review.

Use Word-Of-Mouth

People in your social circle will likely appreciate the same types of restaurants as you. Next time you're hanging with friends, or visiting family members, ask them what their favorite place is to eat. They may mention a restaurant you haven't tried yet, and you know they won't hold back on telling you about any negative aspects of the place.

Try Each Place Yourself

The best way to decide what restaurants in your area you like best is to try as many of them as possible. Even if you just order something small, you can check their menu choices and ambiance and see how well they prepare their food.