Americans Want To See Restaurant Grades
October 25, 2011 by UPI - United Press International, Inc.
NEW YORK, Oct. 25 (UPI) — Americans overwhelmingly favor requiring restaurants to post the grades they receive from local U.S. health departments, a survey by Zagat indicates.
The restaurant review organization said it found that 81 percent of those surveyed nationwide wanted to know what letter grade was earned by the restaurants they eat at.
In addition, Zagat said a majority of diners in major U.S. cities reported they would only eat at facilities that received a grade of “B” or better.
Of all the major cities, diners in Los Angeles topped the list. Ninety-five percent of L.A. residents said they wanted restaurants to post the health department evaluation compared to New Orleans where only 69 percent of diners were interested in seeing the results.
Zagat said the survey drew 156,000 respondents who reported they dined out at least three times a week. There was no information on the statistical accuracy of the survey.
Since the recession began, survey results indicated the number of meals eaten out or taken out has dropped from a pre-recession high of 53 percent to 45 percent.
Twenty-seven percent of respondents reported spending more per meal now than a year ago while 14 percent reported spending less.
On average, U.S. diners are spending $35.65 per meal, a slight increase from last year’s average of $35.37.
At the 20 most expensive restaurants in New York, the cost of dinner averaged $163.34.