Welcome to the SMF. I certainly know what you mean. Its a downer to go into a Q-joint to try out their " World famous BBQ " only to be served tasteless slop by a person who wouldn't know good Q if it bit them in the aspidistra.
Is there any food establishment in the world who's food is NOT
world famous? God that phrase bugs me.
Or as you say It sucks to be served a tiny portion of food that cost an arm a leg a foot and an elbow. Give us something we can afford.
You will have to look into profit margins quite closely to determine just exactly where that common ground you seek is but it can be done. It has to be priced where you can take home some cash for yourself but cheap enough that people in this economy can afford to pay for it.
The TV program Diners, Drive in's and Dives is a good example of what you are looking for. It shows that all across the land there are people in all sorts of restaurants big and small who are successfully catering to the common man without gouging him to death. A common theme to the program is regular people serving simple food in large doses at reasonable prices.
I went into a restaurant in Idaho just because it said on the billboard out front . " Northern Idaho's Regionally famous Pie" They were right, their pie was fresh made with fresh fruit not that glue that passes for pie now-a- days. It was simply put delicious and deserved the title of regionally famous. I mentioned it at a campfire and several northern Idahoans told me that yes that place's pie was famous all over Northern Idaho. Honesty will get you farther than exaggeration.
I wish you all the luck in the world. I know that with help from SMF I have learned to turn out Q to die for. A far cut above the norm. You will learn to do the same because there are no secrets, or at least very few secrets that we are not eager and willing to share with everyone.
Post lots of qview and we will follow you anywhere.
Good luck on your endeavours. Take Jeff's 5 day ecourse FREE by the way.
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