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Restaurant Rating Scorecard

You Be the Judge

It’s getting ugly out there. With “stacks,” “towers” and “explosions” of menu items, plates are coming out of the kitchen absolutely huge with food. It’s almost like a conspiracy against weight loss. The good news is that some restaurants are more fit-friendly than others. To find and compare healthier restaurants for future dining decisions, use this Restaurant Rating Scorecard. Keep ‘em and collect ‘em. Never leave home without ‘em.

Restaurant Name:  ______________________

Healthy Feature
Value Score
Healthy options highlighted
(items low in cholesterol, sodium, fat, or calories)
+10 points  
Special vegetarian dishes +3  
Presence of “Red Flag” words
(minus 1 point for each Red rice Flag from Menu Watch Word card)
– 0 -??  
Copy of menu available ahead of time +2  
Lunch portions available at dinnertime +10  
These lunch portions are still at lunch prices +3  
Server/kitchen willingly boxes up ½ of your meal before bringing it out +2  
Able to share a meal without extra plate charge +2  
Overall impression of portion sizes Scale of 0-10
(0 = gargantuan, 10 = tiny)

Kitchen Flexibility

Whole grain snacks available instead of refined flour (white) versions
(rolls, bread, crackers, biscuits, tortillas)
Chef will make a fruit or veggie platter on request +2  
Chef will remove skin from the chicken +2  
Catered to special needs or preparation requests +7  
Restaurant Atmosphere    
Restaurant has a mascot or cartoon character -10  
Overall impression of dedication to health
Scale of 0-10 (0 = who cares?, 10 = fanatical)

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