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Stay away from the tourists traps, economics tells us. Your best bet are those cozy places away from the bustle. www.shutterstock.com

How to find a good restaurant? Economists can help

Finding a place to eat in a new city can be daunting. Economics and big data have a few tips to find the right place.
Researchers studied whether subtly being exposed to different colors could change tipping behavior. Anutr Yossundara/Shutterstock.com

Want better tips? Go for gold

Studies show a weak relationship between tip amounts and quality of service. But the color gold seems to have a way of making diners feel wealthier – and more generous.
Flexitarians are those who still eat meat, but only on a part-time basis. Restaurants and fast-food chains have them top of mind, with A&W’s version of a veggie burger, like those seen above, a huge hit among customers. (Shutterstock)

How restaurants are wooing ‘flexitarians’

Almost one in five Canadians are going meatless or eating far less meat. But most establishments aren't actually targeting vegetarians or vegans; they're chasing "flexitarians." Here’s why.
Research suggests male diners respond more favourably to restaurant meals if they consider their female server attractive. (Shutterstock)

Attractive restaurant servers can influence what we think of our meals

Heterosexual male diners can be particularly swayed by the attractiveness of their servers. Good food will taste better and lousy food will taste worse in the presence of attractive female servers.
Canadians are spending more of their money on restaurants. In turn, restaurants have an impact on what we eat at home. (Shutterstock)

Restaurants not only feed us, they shape our food preferences

Restaurants are playing an increasingly influential role in how we live. We not only patronize them more often, they also influence our choices at the grocery store.
Chris Stevens, owner of Kaboom Chicken restaurant in Toronto, hands an order to a customer in December. Ontario’s new $14 per hour minimum wage took effect Jan. 1 and Stevens has already taken steps to ensure his restaurant can afford the added expense. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov

Higher prices, reduced hours: Restaurants & minimum wage hikes

Minimum wages increases in jurisdictions across North America could have a big impact on the restaurant industry. Here's how restaurants are trying to adapt.
Health concerns about red meat consumption, as well as the environmental impact of meat production, have fuelled an increased demand in plant-based proteins among Canadians. These calves are shown on the Grazed Right cattle ranch near Black Diamond, Alta., in 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Less meat, more choice: A look at key food issues in 2018

Canadians are increasingly invested in their food -- where it comes from, how it's produced, and whether it's healthy. Here are some predicted food trends for 2018.
Companies with no-tipping policies can affect customer satisfaction. Pra Chid/Shutterstock.com

How the war on tipping harms customers

Some observers say we should eliminate tipping in restaurants because of the negative impact on workers. But how do customers feel about that?
Some restaurant-owners are grappling with abolishing tipping. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

With the holidays upon us, is it time to end tipping?

Restaurant tipping came to North America in the early 20th century and has become well-established here even as the practice is less common in the U.K. and Europe. Is it time to rethink it?
Dairy cows at a family farm in Chilliwack, B.C. Sylvain Charlebois, a noted academic on food policy issues, says the federal government’s proposed tax reforms will hurt family farms. CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Down on the farm: tax reforms will hurt family businesses

Family farms, restaurants, other food businesses and the rural economy will suffer under federal tax proposals for small businesses,

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