I really have no true method for my reviews or how I choose the places I eat at. It’s typically driven by my spouse’s stomach and social gatherings. Many of the food reviews are for eats in the VA region but on occasion, there will be a review for eats in the DC or MD region (I’d definitely love to hear if people have some favorite spots out in those areas).
Many of my reviews focus on cheap / local eats. Not that fine dining isn’t great – it’s just not something I’ll rate very often. So if you’re expecting gourmet insight, run away! In fact, ambiance is something I typically don’t assess. For me, the hole-in-the-wall is the best find.
I will try to categorize my reviews as best I can by tagging types of food (e.g., Korean, Vietnamese, Spanish, Thai, Desserts, etc.).
For now, my assessments are based on Food Quality (e.g., taste, portion sizes, authenticity) and Service (because let’s face it, when your servers sucks, it just ruins the taste of food). I also like to look at the quality/service compared to the cost spent on a meal.
So, here’s the rating system:
= 0 Moos: I think it’d be rare for me to give this rating. If a place gets 0 Moos, it has to be legit awful. We’re talking straight up inedible food or servers just spit in my beer while I watched. At this point, the cow is just stirring up a cuss storm and probably engaged in a fight.
= 1 Moo: One step above 0 Moos except maybe the server is nice or there is just that one signature drink. This will be a rare rating.
= 2 Moos: Decent food, maybe decent price, but lackluster taste and/or service.
And of course, keep in mind that this rating system could change in the future too.