WHERE ARE THE CHILES?
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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.