Originally Posted by kennethpollock
Some people sleep around; my wife and I eat around-4 good restaurants a week.
We do not have too much choice here, once you eliminate the chains, the hip "scene" places where the food is usually terrible and recognize that all Thai restaurants seem alike to me, as do most Indian and many Chinese, etc. We are forced to go back to all of the "better" ones once every 3-4 months, even if they are far from perfect, just to get some variety (and we keep hoping for improvement).
The analogy of food to sex is a common one. The Japanese film Tampopo
by Itami Juzo revolves around this theme. It's a masterpiece.
I've never been to Atlanta, but I imagine your options are pretty limited when it comes to Thai, Indian and Chinese. That's unfortunate. These cuisines, along with Korean, Japanese and Vietnamese are exquisite when done well. For most westerners these are an acquired taste that, unfortunately, too few acquire.
I had a friend who was a tremendous food snob and a great cook, but when it came to any Asian cuisine -- Indian excluded -- his knowledge and appreciation were embarrassingly lacking. He could not even manage sushi, which for most is practically second nature.
It seems to me that "hoping for improvement" is doomed to be a forlorn endeavor. Have you ever suggested improvements to the management? This might bear fruit if approached diplomatically. On a grander scale, have you ever considered moonlighting as a consultant to the resturant industry in your area? If you have the audacity to bring your own silver wine basket, you certainly have the balls to suggest improvements rather than wait for them to happen magically.