Describing the Best Boston Restaurant – Part 2

Published: 16th February 2012
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Welcome back foodies! For those of you that are joining us for the first time, I will give you a brief recap of what we discussed in part one of this article series. Basically, as you may already know, Boston is full of restaurants of all shapes and sizes and we are trying to determine which factors can earn any particular establishment the title of Best Boston Restaurant. It was determined in the first entry in this article series that the first thing to look at is the restaurant name, mostly because this will determine if it’s worth you wasting your precious time.

Now we can move on to the second part of our series in determining the Best Boston Restaurant. We will be discussing the important role a host plays in determining the kind of experience you, as a guest, will have once you step foot in a restaurant that you have never been in before.

We all know what it is like to walk into a restaurant and immediately develop string feelings of hate, disgust, annoyance, or just overall anger with a host that is working. This could be attributed to a lot of different things. Maybe they look at you in a way that makes you think you killed their cat or something, or maybe they just ignore you completely and cause that awkward feeling where you question if you should even be in there in the first place. Regardless, if your experience starts off with a host like this I can guarantee you, they are not working at the Best Boston Restaurant.

To contrast this terrible experience we have all had, I would like to describe to you what I consider to be the perfect host. This person would embody everything that I think I should experience when I go out to eat at a new restaurant. The first thing I would like to see is someone that is easy on the eyes and well dressed. If I don’t see that I feel like the company is projecting the image of low self-confidence. If they do not hold their host, who is the first person you see, to extremely high standards, then it makes it look like they don’t hold the rest of their staff to equally high standards. In an ideal world, everyone that puts any kind of strain on my eyes would put their cooking skills to good use, which result in a very efficient kitchen.

The second thing I would like to see in a good host is great communication skills. This person needs to know what is going on at all times. And by this I mean they need to know what tables are open, how long the wait will be and they better be relaying this back to me with a smile plastered on their face. Yes, I am asking for a lot but come one, we all know the reason we go out to eat is to be catered to, and I want to feel like a princess…maybe I’ll even wear a crown.

Fellow foodies, we have reached the end of part two of this series and, in case you got lost in my descriptive scenarios, here’s a recap; if you see an unattractive or annoyed looking host, you’re better off walking right back out the door.

Paul Marino has been writing about the restaurant industry for over 20 years. He recommends FiRE and iCE as the Best Boston Restaurant for a unique and memorable dining experience.

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