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Is there any point to Toronto Life's ratings?

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Is there any point to Toronto Life's ratings?

brab | Dec 3, 2006 05:32 PM

Grumpy from a mediocre at best meal last night at Quince and not having much to do this Sunday afternoon I did a bit of an analysis of this month's TL ratings. Of the 29 starred restaurants, 27 fell between 2 and a half and 3 and a half stars, with 16 getting 3 stars. In other words almost all the restaurants are getting more or less the same rating even though most of us know there are fairly large actual differences between similarly rated restaurants. For example I recently ate at Kultura (3 stars) and it was pretty bad, whereas Celestin (3 stars) is consistently quite good. My conclusion is that TL is for whatever reason not really interested in providing readers a way to discriminate among restaurants and that the star system is a sham and might as well be dropped.

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