KUSA - What irks restaurant goers the most? Zagat 's first dining-trends survey, lists more than a few irritants.
Noise level (27 percent)
Bad service (24 percent)
High prices (15 percent)
Overcrowding (11 percent)
Disappointing food (10 percent)
Diners' pet peeves are just some of the findings that accompany Zagat's 2014 America's Top Restaurants Survey, which lists 1,478 top eateries (as rated by diners) in 36 U.S. markets. (See complete results online or buy the $16.95 America's Top Restaurants Survey guide.)
Among other nuggets from the survey, which includes input from about 8,000 respondents:
-- Residents of Houston and Dallas/Fort Worth eat out more than the rest of the country - on average, five times a week, compared to a national average of 4.4 times weekly. Least likely to dine out: Bostonians (with 3.7 meals a week in restaurants) and Portland Oregonians, (with 3.6 meals).
-- Coloradans are the biggest tippers, leaving an average of 19.6 percent on the table vs. a national average of 19 percent. San Franciscans, with an average rate of 18.4 percent, are the least generous.
-- The highest cost of a dinner out is in New York, where the average per person dinner tab runs $48.56, 20 percent more than the national average of $40.53. The least pricey dining town is Dallas/Fort Worth, with a per person check of $31.87.
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