Dining Out?

Second Annual Reader Survey

March 10, 2004|By SUN STAFF

Where do you go when you don't feel like cooking? The corner sub shop or the Prime Rib? McDonald's or the Milton Inn?

Last year, nearly half of our Taste readers who responded to our first-ever survey of their food preferences said they eat out at least once a week. This year, we decided to find out more about your restaurant experiences.

We ask you to take a few minutes to answer the questions that follow, clip them out and send them back to us. You can mail them to Taste Survey, care of Liz Atwood, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore MD 21278. If you'd rather click than write, visit www.baltimoresun.com / tastesurvey, and you can participate in the survey online.

The deadline for responding is March 31.

We'll print the results in a coming issue of Taste.

Answer the questions by circling the letters or filling in the blanks.

1. How often do you eat in a restaurant?

a. less than once a month

b. 2-3 times a month

c. once a week

d. 2-3 times a week

e. more than 3 times a week

2. What is your favorite restaurant cuisine?

a. American

b. Italian

c. French or Continental

d. Chinese

e. Other Asian

f. Middle Eastern

g. Caribbean

h. Soul food

i. Mexican

j. Other

3. When you eat out, how concerned are you about the safety of the food at the restaurant?

a. very

b. somewhat

c. a little

d. not at all

4a. Are you currently on a diet?

a. yes

b. no

4b. If yes, what kind?

a. low-carb

b. low-fat

c. low-sodium

d. other

5. How much do you usually spend per person when you eat out?

a. $5-$10

b. $11-$20

c. $21-$30

d. more than $30

6. Rank in order of importance these attributes when selecting a restaurant.

____ service

____ quality of food

____ price

____ location

____ cuisine

____ atmosphere

7. Compared with a year ago, would you say you are eating out:

a. more often

b. less often

c. about the same

8. When you eat out, are you likely to be ordering:

a. breakfast

b. lunch

c. dinner

9. How long are you willing to wait for a table at your favorite restaurant?

a. less than 5 minutes

b. 5 minutes to 15 minutes

c. 15 minutes to 30 minutes

d. 30 minutes to 1 hour

e. more than 1 hour

10. What do you like most about eating out?

a. trying new foods

b. taking a break from cooking

c. socializing with friends or family

d. enjoying dishes you wouldn't make at home

e. other (please specify)

11. What is your biggest pet peeve concerning restaurants?

a. poor service

b. disappointing food

c. cost

d. crowds

e. noise

f. other (please specify)

Tell us a bit about yourself:

1. What is your age?

a. under 18

b. 18-34

c. 35-49

d. 50-64

e. 65 and older

2. What is your gender?

a. male

b. female

3. Do you have children under 18 living with you?

a. yes

b. no

4. How would you describe your marital status?

a. married or living with partner

b. single, never married

c. widowed

d. divorced

5. What is your ZIP code?

6. If you are willing to talk with a reporter about your dining experiences, please include your name and phone number.

Answer the survey online at www.baltimoresun.com / TasteSurvey.

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