Sure, those big name chain restaurants can do in a pinch when you’re hungry, but they’re somewhat lacking for special occasions. Bland, uninspired cuisine can ruin a fun night out, so choosing the right restaurant for everyone is a necessity to have a great evening.
If you’re searching for a truly unique restaurant, look no further than these three signs. You’ll never have to eat boring food again when you know where to look for quality food and entertainment:
1. Look for Fun Menu Items: Your grandparents’ favorite restaurant probably had the same typical menu items that every other restaurant used to have. For many people, going out to a restaurant that hasn’t updated its menu since the 1970s or before is not an idea of a good time. And sure, you don’t have to eat at a place that looks like it only serves items fit for a children’s menu, but you’ll probably want to find at least a couple of dishes you’ve never heard of or tried before. Most restaurants put their menus online, so take a look at those before you head out.
2. Think International: American fare is great, but for most people, that’s what they’re used to. If you’ve never tried Japanese food, for example, you may want to head to your local sushi bar. Fine sushi restaurants often have a number of choices for both meat eaters and vegetarians, and there’s sure to be something on the menu that you’ve never tried before. Other international cuisine, from Mexican to Indian, can be found in nearly every city, so don’t be afraid to try something new. You might even find a new favorite.
3. Don’t Forget About Entertainment: These days having a great menu isn’t enough. A unique restaurant should be more about the experience of going out to eat rather than just the food. Find a restaurant with entertainment: live shows, karaoke, or even a trivia night. Some places will have special events surrounding sports games or local events, too; others hold their own events with special menus or drinks. Check an events calendar or look online to see what’s going on.
What do you look for in a unique restaurant? Tell us in the comments.