I have decided to change my rating system in order to give a better idea of what to expect at each restaurant. Until this point I have been giving an average rating of all the food that was ordered on that day, which really doesn't let you know how each individual dish was rated, or what the overall caliber of the restaurant is. There are some places you go for one particular dish, but would not go otherwise, and there are some restaurants that are pretty great across the board. Therefore, the new system will rate each dish of the meal, and an additional rating will be included for the restaurant itself and the rest of its menu.
Individual dishes will be rated on a scale of one to ten, taking into consideration taste, presentation, creativity, and of course, value. There will be usually be several of these for each meal so an average of these would be the same as what is currently rated under "Today's Food Rating."
Restaurants will be also be rated on a scale of one to ten, and will be based on hospitality, ambiance, quality of ingredients used, and the average taste rating of all the dishes I've had there. This rating will not be based on value, and will almost always be lower than the rating of individual dishes since we usually know what we want to order before we go somewhere and we have our own preferences for certain foods we like to eat (i.e. Ian = steak and cheese, I = salads, vegetables, french fries, and seafood).