How to Decide Where to Go
Posted 05 July 2012 - 03:05 PM
So are the people I generally go out with.
Can anyone suggest some good flowcharts or metrics to help people decide?
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Posted 05 July 2012 - 04:37 PM
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Posted 05 July 2012 - 06:22 PM
1. East or West?
2. What haven't you had lately/anything you crave?
3. How hungry are you? (that helps determine how far to go)
4. What do we have here that you don't have in your area? (I live in MoCo, she lives in Fairfax)
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Posted 05 July 2012 - 06:53 PM
I also scroll through the dining guide if I'm in an area and I'm not sure what I want to do.
Posted 06 July 2012 - 11:50 AM
So my first question, especially with others, is "are you willing to try something interesting?" - and if not, then it just becomes a matter of finding the first cluster of pad-site chain restaurants.
The next question is somewhat related - do I have the time/energy to do something new? If not, I might still do something interesting but head to a place I've been many times. If I have the time/energy, then I'll find a new place, big or small, or head someplace I haven't been in a while.
Posted 06 July 2012 - 12:24 PM
But DanCole42, you asked a specific question and I'll give you a specific link.
Posted 06 July 2012 - 01:45 PM
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Posted 06 July 2012 - 07:14 PM
First thought: how far am I willing to go? Should I call a cab or Uber? Do I feel like walking to the Metro in this heat? Or would I rather stay closer?
Okay, I'd rather stay closer. Let's keep it cheaper and let's keep it cooler. What do I feel like eating? Let's go through the neighborhood - if I'm going out to eat, I'm going OUT to eat, not get pick-up, not go for fast food, not go somewhere that doesn't have a beer or two I can order.
Closest: El Paso Cafe. Service isn't typically very good, but the food's fine, and it's closest by a long shot. Meh. Ate there too much during "derecho". And by too much, I mean twice in one day, the day after having Taco Bell, and ... uh ... yeah you don't need more details.
Not as close: Bailey's (crap food, decent beer selection, often surprisingly quiet on non-sports nights). Rock Bottom (no on a Friday). Union Jack's (no on any night). Ted's (ugh). Willow (don't feel that fancy). Rio Grande (ugh no). Rustico (ehhhh). Other places I can't think of within walking distance...gah.
What about further out, then...well, maybe we'll see once I start walking. After all, I usually don't know until I start walking. If I can handle the heat, I might end up at Eventide (haven't been there in a while). Just so long as where-ever I go has A/C, and preferably a spot at the bar where I can read my Kindle and eat/drink in peace.
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