In the dark ages before the advent of Open Table, TripAdvisor, Yelp, Chowhound and a hundred other online restaurant review sites, many diners -- especially ones who traveled -- considered the burgundy-bound Zagat guidebook the bible of dining in America.
It gave short descriptions of top restaurants and numerical scores for their food, service, decor and pricing, based on scores and comments of diners who had visited them and later filled out Zagat ballots. Major cities had their own books. Twenty or so Detroit restaurants might be included in a national guide, updated every couple of years.
The Morning Email helps you start your workday with everything you need to know: breaking news, entertainment and a dash of fun. Learn more