There are hundreds, if not thousands, of restaurants in every city or major metropolitan areas across the country. Some of these restaurants are terrible, most are passable and average, and a small handful of them are truly the best restaurants. And, we all want to have a chance to dine in what are deemed the best restaurants.
What The Best Restaurants Have in Common
What sets apart the best restaurants from those that are okay or even simply good? This question will generate a lot of subjective answers. Food tastes and preferences are highly personal. What one person loves may not tickle the taste buds of another person. Yet, despite this subjectivity, there are certain things that all truly great restaurants have in common.
The Chefs Tell a Story
Chefs at the best restaurants are storytellers. They paint a compelling story for their diners with the food that they send out on the plate. This story involves varied tastes, from the sweet to the savory, and different textures. Colors help tell the story. Everyone loves to be delivered a plate that looks like an artist took a paintbrush to a rich and varied palette.
Quality Matters, Too
Story telling, however, is only part of what creates excellence. The best restaurants also deliver consistent high quality, even when they are experimenting and trying new tastes and flavors. People want to know that the dish they had on Friday will have the same outstanding taste next month or even next year. Consistency is an often overlooked element of great restaurants and outstanding chefs.
The best restaurants also offer an environment and ambiance that resonates with diners. These restaurants are places that feel warm and homey and where people want to spend time.