|The Three R’s – Rules, Ratings, Restaurant
DP8 Rules of
Restauranteering (unchanged since inception)
1. The establishment must have a
liquor license, or some other satisfactory arrangement
2. The restaurant should not be more
than an hour's trip from the 'starting point', unless the
remaining diners are complicit.
3. Reservations must be able to be
made, unless all agree to some other circumstance.
4. Preference is given to
individually owned restaurants, and must be more than
'red neck' hangouts or other holes-in-the-woods. Chain
restaurants are acceptable if only one or two are
available in our hour circle.
5. A potential expense of more than
$75 per person should be noted before, if possible.
6. Food aversions are to be
considered -- curry, salmon, Mexican, and wild game.
Alternatives are so likely that these aversions can
probably be reconnoitered.
7. Ken must have coffee.
Other rules to be made as needed.
Dinner Party of Eight's rating system uses 8 as a top
grade, mostly because there are eight of us. Each rater
is entitled to his/her own system. The average of all
those attending is the number on that dinner’s Review
Typically, emphasis is on
food, then service, then ambiance, and, for some, value.
Personal likes play a role, as will other quirks,
idiosyncrasies, and anomalies encountered that evening.
Any rating system
appearing in other places (Times-Union, for example) is
an approximation of the group's average.
Where to go?
Each couple, in rotating order,
chooses a place (keeping the rules in mind). The hosting
of a brief appetizer pre-session at the selectors'
residence is an option. So off we go, with the other
three couples not knowing where we are going. Trying to
guess, or read minds, or trick someone into telling us is
one of our topics of discussion. Whose pick is indicated
on the Chronology page.
Exceptions: About a third of our picks
are group picks. This includes Christmas (traditionally,
at the Karnes'); a close-to-home winter pick; a
summertime date that is held at an agreed upon water-side
restaurant or is hosted by one of the couples, or any
other idea that catches our fancy.
Occasionally, the group repeats a
choice. Until 2009, George Mann Tory, Bears, Fernwood
were the only repeats. In 2009, to celebrate our 80th
dinner, we chose to repeat eight past selections. These
included: American Hotel, Christman’s, Reginato
Ristorante, Mill Rock, Baba Louie’s, Mountain View
Brasserie, Last Chance, Stockade Inn, and George Mann
Tory Tavern. And any couple can select a repeat visit.