You are with your family and you ask your kids where they feel like going to dinner. The ‘whatever’s are muttered back and you turn to your significant other for input. ‘Meh’ is the response and now you’re stumped. Americans go out for a meal an average of 4.5 times per week, excluding breakfast, so this is a pretty common issue. Where do you want to eat? Well, here’s a step by step guide to narrowing down your options.

  1. Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner?

    It doesn’t matter when you go out to eat, it matters what you’re in the mood for. Start by asking your family how hungry they actually are. Once you have a better idea, suggest a few comfort foods your family regularly eats. Eggs, wings, club sandwiches, etc. This will tell you what type of meal everyone is looking for.

  2. Casual or Formal?

    Most of the time when you are having a hard time deciding where to eat, casual restaurants will be the better choice. This is because they offer more neutral food. Also, when you go to a formal place it helps to be excited about it before.

  3. Adventurous or Comfort Food?

    In general, apathy means that your family won’t be up for anything adventurous. Still, there are some comfort foods that toe the line between an adventure and old-fashioned familiarity. If you want to experience the best BBQ in Ohio, a plate of succulently saucy ribs can be both comforting and a messy adventure.

  4. Salty or Sweet?

    Again, all signs point to ribs. If you want the saltiest and sweetest savory meal, a fantastic flavor combination, come on in today. If not, there are many other menu options to indulge your sophisticated palate.

When you are having a hard time picking a place to eat, it’s always good to go with something familiar, but different enough to pique everyone’s interest. That’s what you get when you go to Bullwinkle’s Top Hat Bistro, a great atmosphere to relax and indulge in casual culinary magnificence.