A note to readers:
The AJC’s restaurant review procedure is undergoing a change. Beginning in 2020, all restaurant reviews will be given starred treatment.
Until now, the AJC operated under a two-tier system, applying stars to some restaurants while leaving other restaurants unrated. This structure, internally known as “primary” and “secondary” reviews, is outdated and unfairly weighted toward fine-dining establishments or those that come with a heftier price tag.
The change reflects the mindset that neighborhood haunts, fast-casual concepts and hole-in-the-wall joints contribute as much to a dining landscape as white cloth establishments, and thereby merit full critical treatment. Indeed, it is this diversity that gives the scene character.
This change does not impact the AJC’s star rating system, which was modified from a five-star to a four-star system in 2014. (1 Star: Good. 2 Stars: Very Good. 3 Stars: Excellent. 4 Stars: Extraordinary. Restaurants that do not meet the criteria will receive no stars and be rated Fair or Unsatisfactory.)
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