Our Rating System

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One should not simply question our superior taste buds.

When walking into a fast food establishment, the wait staff stand at the ready, the line chef comes to greet us, and introduces us to the kitchen brigade.

As we order, we can hear only the ticketing system. All kitchen staff dancing in perfect harmony, while assembling our order. A masterpiece is presented.

Our final verdict? Over 9,000.

Before all this, let’s go back… far back. To current time.

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My rating system is, in simple terms, bullshit. It even confuses me. I always suggest you take what I have to say with a grain of salt, maybe a dash of pepper. No taste buds are better than the other. Damn all those elitist, snobby food critics. Ain’t nobody got time for that.

A quick note: unfortunately fast food experiences will differ wildly. You might have a great experience but I could have the complete opposite. So who is right? Neither. The problem is rooted in the management, organization, and simplicity of the kitchen. Bad experiences should be few and far between. Consistency is vital in the food industry.

I intend to rate food as it is presented to me, on that day.

Taste (x.x/10):
I have included food examples to help simplify and bring to taste (or lack thereof) in this section.

9.5 – 10 = Fan-freakin’-tastic. Orgasmic. (Think, bacon)

9.0 – 9.4 = Excellent. (Think, cookies/ice cream)

8.0 – 8.9 = Good. (Think, twinkies)

7.0 – 7.9 = Decent. (Think, jello with extra whip cream)

6.0 – 6.9 = Meh. (Think, popcorn with no butter)

5.0 – 5.9 = Bad. (Think, green stuff)

< 4.9 = What is this? (Think, lima beans/brussel sprouts)

Value (x.x/10):

“Price is what you pay, value is what you get.” – Warren Buffett

I create this number based on the quality and cost for what you get.

Final ValueGrub Rating (x.x/10):
If you notice our final ValueGrub rating is based only on taste and value (instead of, say, look, taste, and value). Being the nature of the food, most will look as if it came out of your pocket. I don’t think it would be fair if I included that in the final rating. Both factors (taste and value) are weighted equally (taste + value / 2).