WHERE ARE THE CHILES?

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Pasatiempo’s chile rat­ings were de­signed as a quick guide for peo­ple short on time who want to know what’s good (and what’s not). But such met­rics are in­her­ently lim­ited. Re­view­ing a restau­rant is a nu­anced task. One rat­ing can­not com­pletely re­flect the din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, which in­cludes food, ser­vice, am­biance, and value. And when two very dif­fer­ent es­tab­lish­ments — a “white table­cloth” restau­rant and a taco truck, for ex­am­ple — are given the same rat­ing, the sys­tem isn’t help­ing read­ers if they choose where to eat based solely on the rat­ing. Al­though we con­tinue to use chile rat­ings for movies, the ex­pe­ri­ence of view­ing a movie is still only about the film. A restau­rant visit just can’t be sum­ma­rized by a num­ber. With all of this in mind, Pasatiempo has de­cided to elim­i­nate chile rat­ings for restau­rants. As al­ways, we wel­come reader com­ments at kmelcher@sfnewmex­i­can.com or pasa@sfnewmex­i­can.com.

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