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Are you more prone to suggest a fine dining restaurant as opposed to cheap/diry?

I have noticed that when someone (esp a close friend) is asking about suggestions for good eats in my city, I generally think about higher-end restaurants. I then over-correct and end up not recommending anything at all. Meanwhile, on a regular basis I will eat-at/take-out from absolutely ghetto and shady establishment.

Has anyone done the same? And also, is it in one's best interests to only recommend restaurants with *amazing* food and *great* service. Esp if you know the person and might lose credibility?

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  1. I think the best thing to do is ask what people are looking for. Best in town/worth the price vs best value/very casual. No need to guess.

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    1. re: escondido123

      Ditto
      I ask want kind of restaurant people are looking for. If we are going together I ask what cuisine they are in the mood for (because inevitably where I live there are few choices once you narrow by cuisine).

    2. Cheap/good value does not equate w/ dirty, shady, sketchy.

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      1. re: HDinCentralME

        Oh for sure, I agree that the two do not go hand-in-hand.

      2. I am prone to recommending dives because that is what I like, but I try to figure out the interests of the person asking for the recommendation ... I know people that I would never recommend a dive to, and others who would be aghast if I recommended fine dining.

        1. I have to agree with the other posters, to recomend a restaurant you need some personal preference.... Everyone has different ideas of "fine dining" and "dives"... Unfortunatly I do not recomend a lot of my go to places , because they are not always customer friendly... I tend to lean towards the "finer dinning" options for recs

          1. If I'm being asked for advice, then it's a friend or family member who is asking. Hopefully, I know what they might like and can my recc in that direction.

            No point me recommending the city's finest to folk who wouldnt want to pay that amount of money. No point me recommending any of the city's "ethnic" places to the father-in-law who is a very plain eater. Etc.