The least favorite type of restaurant, at least according to our poll, was the cafe, which garnered the support of only 4.85% of our respondents (25 votes). Hey, we get it. This is more of a glorified coffee shop than the type of restaurant you’d like to visit on a night out. The fourth favorite of our five options, meanwhile, was the buffet, which received 9.71% (50 votes, double that of the cafe). Buffets certainly have their attractions. Not only can you choose your food, but very likely how much of it you wish to consume. Other aspects of the restaurant experience, however, like kitchen mastery and service, are less in evidence.
The second and third choices are very interesting, as what could be more diametrically opposed than fast food and fine dining? Fine dining prevailed, earning 14.37% (74 votes) compared with 10.68% (55 votes) for fast food. Fine dining certainly stands alone in terms of atmosphere, attention to detail, and the quality of kitchen and waitstaff. There are no chefs in fast food, and no maitre d’s or sommeliers either. On the other hand, those with what Forbes terms a “fear of fine dining” may opt for convenience and affordability instead.
But the voters have spoken. The casual sit-down restaurant, in many respects the middle ground between fast food and fine dining was the runaway choice as American’s favorite kind of restaurant.