This week I have featured some of the best food and restaurant blogs from around the web throughout The Hospitality Formula Network. Restaurant Laughs featured the best humor oriented blogs. Foodie Knowledge covered the best food and cooking related sites. The Manager’s Office showcased the best sites for restaurant marketing and operations. Today, I am rounding out the lists with my picks for the best of the best. These sites cover all of the areas discussed above and represent a well rounded reading list to keep you up to date on the worlds of food, restaurants, and even the occasional laugh.
This list is far more diverse than any of the other lists this week, much like Hospitality Formula itself. This site is designed to give you an overview of all of the content I am writing on each of the sites within The Hospitality Formula Network. Yes, I do write the posts on all five of these sites. I could not do it without the inspiration and insight I find on various other blogs and websites. These are the websites that I consider “Must Reads”
Here are the sites I never miss an update from.
This is the definitive site for any question about serving I have. When I need a ruling on the proper technique to use or etiquette to follow, this is where I look.
Whenever I meet someone who says they enjoy my blog, I always tell them about this one. In his decades behind the bar Mike Q has developed an insight into human nature that is matched only by his exceptional storytelling. He is soon to release a book that I predict will be a best seller and you can say you saw it here first.
Sure it is a corporate blog, but it makes me wish I could do business with them. The fine folks at Vanee food offer a tremendous depth of insight on all aspects of restaurant operations that will improve the profitability of any restaurant.
With incredibly insightful commentary and a large pool of commenters from outside the industry, this site will help you learn what your customers are thinking. It is far more than a local food blog.
By compiling the thoughts of some of the best minds in the industry, this blog provides daily value to those who read it.
A combination of comics and an easy to read style makes this blog relevant and fun to read. It is well worth reading from the beginning.
No matter what role you hold in the restaurant industry, you would be wise to keep an eye on this blog. Louis Pechman does an exceptional job of keeping up to date on legal issues in the restaurant industry.
If you think the Wild West has been tamed, you are not reading these tales of life as a waitress in Wyoming.
By creating an open forum and publishing numerous top bloggers, this site is quickly becoming a giant resource for answering your hospitality related questions.
The real world insights of someone managing front line employees. This blog gives you a feel for the day to day challenges and victories of a professional manager.
This is the most intellectual server blog on the web and one of my personal favorites.
Sauce offers incredible and unflinching peak behind the scenes of life as a Hooter’s Girl. It is very well written and revealing.
This site covers everything from equipment maintenance to marketing. It is a great collection of information that will prove a helpful resource.
This blog documents the personalities and people that make one city’s restaurant industry tick.
Steven writes of life as a server with more experience than nearly anyone on this list. Part diary and part motivational tool, this blog is always worth the read.
At first glance, this may appear to be just another server blog. Dig a little deeper and you will find one of the most exhaustive resources in the industry. His “Hospitality Words” section provides a simple translation guide for over 100 commonly used hospitality phrases into a dozen languages. His “Service Quality Knowledge Base” contains over 500 research papers on the hospitality industry.
That is my list of the blogs to read each time the update. More specific blogrolls dealing with each facet of the industry covered by The Hospitality Formula Network can be found on the individual sites. Did I leave one off? I am always looking for new sites to read. Share your comments below. Next week, I return to posting information you can use throughout the sites of the network.