[Tagging] Fast food vs. restaurant vs. cafe

Apollinaris Schoell aschoell at gmail.com
Mon May 3 14:33:26 BST 2010


On 3 May 2010, at 5:18 , Greg Troxel wrote:

> 
> Katie Filbert <filbertk at gmail.com> writes:
> 
>> * Baskin Robbins (fast food?)
> 
> This is the missing ice cream shop I think.  But if they serve other
> food, it's made to order, and they have table service - restaurant.
> 
>> * Fuddruckers (restaurant or fast food?)
> 
> tough call
> 
>> * Panera Bread (restaurant or cafe?)
> 
> cafe - food is made to order, and while fast, it's real food.
> 
> Basically my rules are:
> 
>  restaurant: full menu, table service, can walk in for dinner or lunch
>  and get a proper meal
> 
>  fast food: pre-made hamburgers etc. with counter ordering.  tends to
>  be not 'real food' from the foodie-nut point of view.  definitely
>  burger king etc. is this category.  I also put dunkin donuts in this
>  category.
> 
>  cafe: place to get coffee and light food, typically no table service,
>  but limited menu. (You may ask: what's the difference between cafe and
>  fast food?  1) cafe has 'real food' vs chemically engineered
>  pseudofood.  2) cafe tends to be a nice place to go vs a place to go
>  when you don't have time to eat and are desparate.  That has lots of
>  bias, but it's an important distinction.  I'd put starbucks here, just
>  barely.  independent coffee shops almost certainly.
> 
>  ice cream stand - this is tough, and it's sort of like a cafe that has
>  ice cream instead.
> 
> I try to think: what will map users want to know.  This is all heading
> down the slippery slope of a full ontology for the world and also
> encoding judgement.  My bias is clear: a cafe is a nice place to go,
> fast food is to be avoided.
> 

good summary. and because of the rule "fast food to be avoided" I rarely map these. and interestingly I see more real restaurants and cafe in osm. are most mappers foodies?

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