January 04, 2014

I live my life in five-star increments.

As a numbers person, it's nice to sometimes break down feelings into data. Goodreads, Netflix, Yelp, and the like allow for ratings on the 1-5 scale. 

These services give different definitions of those levels, but since this is a food blog... let's focus on Yelp. 

For me, the equatable of a 5-star review is that I'm going to count the days until I can return to a place. In the meantime, I'm going to tell all my foodie friends about this newly discovered food treasure. 

Four stars means that I thought it was really decent. Above-average even. I'd enjoy going back again. 

At this point, things are as described. Just okay. 3-stars is middle of the road, average, ordinary, run of the mill, garden-variety, passable, or mediocre. But this also means - and this is important - NOT disappointing. I'd eat at these places again, but it probably wouldn't by my suggestion or inclination.

Two stars is where disappointment kicks in. For whatever reason. And there's not always good ones, I'll admit. Something like a weird experience, confusing cost-benefit ratio, or less than average quality food are all reasons places can fall into this camp. Going back would have to be at the strong suggestion of another party.

Aah the dreaded 1-star review. Undesirable by both the business owner and the Yelper. I wish all experiences could be 5-star, really, but sometimes shit happens. And while I'll happily report complaints or constructive criticism to someone if they seem interested in the feedback, I do also take solice in the fact that I can air my critiques online. It's VERY unlikely that I'll ever be back.

Looking at my reviews (and getting back to the numbers thing) I'm generally easy to please. With 36% of my reviews at the time of this writing receiving 4-stars and only 4% at 1-star. This may also be a function of the fact that I try to vet out places beforehand to hopefully weed out places I'll severely dislike.

But there it is. Just a bit more insight into the thought process behind the numbers.