Sep 30

Restaurant Review Site Tabelog Announces the Winners of the San Francisco Bay Area Summer 2014 Tabelog Restaurants Awards


San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) August 20, 2014

Tabelog, Inc. has announced the winners of its summer 2014 Tabelog Restaurant Awards, hosted by the companys restaurant review site. The top food bloggers from the San Francisco Bay Area came together as a judges panel to select the top restaurants in five fun and informative categories. The winners are awarded with an exclusive Tabelog Restaurant Award for their restaurant along with all of the exposure associated with hundreds of blogs and thousands of followers.

The awards are hosted by restaurant review site Tabelog.us which is the US version of the 50 million member website in Japan. Launched April 2013, Tabelog aims to bring high quality reviews of restaurants in US to food lovers, enlisting the help of top food bloggers, critics, and industry experts.

From a business lunch to a date night, Tabelog is the place to learn about restaurants in the San Francisco Bay Area. A typical restaurant review on Tabelog has multiple paragraphs of information and photos of the decor, menus, and of course the food. Food experts review everything from their favorite dish and how it was prepared to what desserts they recommend. You can also learn what to expect of restaurants, how to dress and sometimes even the history of the restaurants and the chef. If you want to impress at dinner, these reviews are second only to eating there itself.

Tabelog calculates restaurant rankings using an algorithm based on both user reviews and point-based ratings. This allows its users to find restaurants rated highest by local food experts by area or type of cuisine.

Here are the winners of the Tabelog Restaurant Awards:

Tabelog Restaurant Awards San Francisco Bay Area Summer 2014 Results

Best Brunch

Sep 25

VillaSport Athletic Club and Spa Celebrates Grand Opening of Luxurious New Club in Beaverton

Portland, OR (PRWEB) August 18, 2014

After months of anticipation, VillaSport Athletic Club and Spa in Beaverton is officially open, creating 250 new jobs in Washington County. The new club will also feature a variety of family-friendly amenities making it the new go to hot spot for local families.

VillaSport held a ribbon cutting ceremony with local dignitaries and business leaders to celebrate the opening of their first Oregon club, located across from the Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton. Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle; Hillsboro Mayor Jerry Willey; Oregon State Senator, Mark Hass; Beaverton Chamber president, Lorraine Clarno; Metro Councilor for District 4, Kathryn Harrington; Beaverton City Councilor, Marc San Soucie and Washington County Commission Chair, Andy Duyck, among others, joined VillaSport CEO, Joseph Syufy, to celebrate the opening.

VillaSport will be the first premier athletic club and spa in the Portland metro area that is focused on the entire family. The club will offer a unique combination of luxury amenities and the finest state-of-the art equipment, providing members with an uncompromising experience in an exceptional environment. Some of the amenities include:

Sep 16

Cheesecake Factory is Consumers Favorite Casual-Dining Restaurant, Market Force Study Finds


Boulder, CO (PRWEB) August 11, 2014

Cheesecake Factory is North Americas favorite casual-dining chain, according to a study by Market Force Information, a worldwide leader in customer intelligence solutions. More than 6,100 consumers were polled for the study, which ranks the top restaurant chains in five categories: general menu, breakfast, steak, Italian and seafood. Cheesecake Factory ranked No. 1 in the general menu category, receiving high marks for quality of food, healthiness of food and atmosphere.

For the rankings, Market Force asked participants to rate their satisfaction with their most recent casual-dining experience and their likelihood to refer that restaurant to others. The results were averaged to attain a Composite Loyalty Score.

Out of the largest restaurant chains that offer general menus, Cheesecake Factory scored highest with 61%, Cracker Barrel ranked second with 58%, Red Robin was third with 47%, Ruby Tuesday and Buffalo Wild Wings tied for fourth with 46%, and Chilis Bar and Grill rounded out the top five with 44%. [See Graph 1].

Southern California-based Cheesecake Factory is known for offering endless menu choices and big portions. The restaurant chain, which operates more than 150 locations in North America, has consistently achieved positive same-store sales over the past few years.

Cracker Barrel Wins on Service, Red Robin is Most Kid-Friendly

To understand why consumers prefer one casual dining chain to another, Market Force asked respondents to rate them by key attributes, such as customer service, food quality and value. Cracker Barrel dominated in the fast and friendly service categories, and performed consistently well across the other attributes studied. Cheesecake Factory was the clear leader in the food quality category, trailed by Cracker Barrel and Red Robin. It also tied with Applebees for healthy food and with Cracker Barrel for atmosphere. Value was a tight category, with TGI Fridays scoring first, Cracker Barrel second and Chilis third. When it comes to accommodating children, Red Robin took top honors. [See Graph 2].

Italian Chains

Americans love their Italian food, and in the battle of the pastas, Maggianos emerged victorious over Carrabbas Italian Grill, which ranked second. Romanos Macaroni Grill, Olive Garden and East Side Marios also made the top five. [See Graph 3].

Maggianos and Carrabbas tied for delivering the highest-quality food, and Maggianos ranked first for atmosphere and Carrabbas for food variety. All of the restaurants were clustered in the friendly service category, suggesting very little differentiation among brands. East Side Marios excelled in the high-value and kid-friendly categories, but ranked lowest for food quality of the five chains studied.

Steakhouse Chains

When it comes to steakhouses, Orlando-based The Capital Grille was a clear winner in the Market Force study. It scored 77%, while second-place Texas Roadhouse scored just 61% and third-place The Keg scored 57%. [See Graph 4].

The Capital Grille ranked highest for food quality, atmosphere and cleanliness, and The Keg was second in all three of these categories. Texas Roadhouse prevailed as the No. 1 brand for fast service and friendly service, and was a standout for accommodating children. Texas Roadhouse and Logans Roadhouse also scored first and second for value, a category where The Capital Grille and The Keg didnt perform as well.

Seafood Chains

In the casual-dining seafood category, the top-five favorites were Pappadeaux, Bonefish Grill, Bahama Breeze, Joes Crab Shack and Red Lobster. [See Graph 5.]

Similar to the other food categories, the seafood chain leaders Pappadeaux and Bonefish Grill rated No. 1 for food quality. They also both ranked in the top three for atmosphere. Joes Crab Shack had the fastest service, was best at accommodating children and delivered more of an experience than a meal. Bahama Breeze scored well across the board, particularly in the value category where it took first place and Red Lobster was second.

Breakfast Chains

Market Force also looked at which casual-dining establishments consumers prefer across various styles of food, including breakfast. French-themed Mimis Caf