The Orange Scale

Out of how many oranges does your scale go to? After searching some of your other reviews, it seems like four oranges might be the highest on the scale?

That is correct, sir. I always feel like there’s some sort of inflation going on when a scale is out of 5 stars/ oranges/ kumquats, etc. because the obvious reference for any such scale is the 4-star movie review scale. Then, I see something got four stars and I think it must be superb but it turns out that the fifth star would have indicated superbity.

My wife points out that Michelin and AAA operate on five stars. Their rating systems, though, pay as much attention to luxuriousness of the decor as they do to the quality of the food, and you can’t get the fifth star without chandeliers and maitre d’s and really, how many of us actually eat in places like that on a regular basis? No one I know. And the few times I have eaten (or worked) at establishments of that caliber, I’ve gotten the feeling that they pay so much attention to appearances that they forget sometimes that the food should also be top-notch.
I’m more concerned about the quality of the food. Too often, I visit a restaurant and my reaction to what I’m served is, “I could’ve done this better myself.” So, I place a premium on well-executed dishes that go beyond my culinary repertoire. Tomorrow, I’ll let you know about the first place I’ve visited since starting this page that I think is worthy of a 4 orange designation.

On a side note, I realize that I haven’t been posting much information to this page this month. There’s been a lot going on in my life as a whole, and unfortunately, Corduroy Orange has been one of the areas to suffer as a result. I’ll try to get back in the swing of posting more regularly. But, please, help me out—if there are any areas about which you’d like more information, let me know, and I’ll try to use that as a guide for where to concentrate my attention. Click here to email me your thoughts / questions / queries / concerns / most intimate secrets.

3 Responses to “The Orange Scale”

  1. Troy Says:

    “Tomorrow, I’ll let you know about the first place I’ve visited since starting this page that I think is worthy of a 4 orange designation.”

    Don’t forget . . . you did give the brunch at the Village Inn a four orange review!

  2. jwsharrard Says:

    I had forgotten about that, actually– and I’m surprised at myself! I discounted their service because I was so enamored with their skillets and because the guy who served me my pie was so efficient with his service.

    I might have to go back and revise my opinion to give them 3 1/2 because, as we all know, bad service counts against a place, no matter how good their food might be, the same way bad food counts against a place no matter how good their service might be.

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