The next posts on Off the Maine Road will feature various types of reviews many of them eating establishments (restaurants, snack shops, etc.). Rather than rate some of them on the conventional “5 star” scale, I have decided to put my own Maine twist on it. Introducing: The Lighthouse Scale.


The lighthouse graphic you see above is a picture I took of Portland Head Light and converted into a silhouette. Each eating establishment will be “graded” based on the following criteria (each out of 5 points):

  • Food
  • Service
  • Location
  • Atmosphere

The scores out of 5 for each category will then be added and placed out of 20 points for the final lighthouse scale:

  • 1 lighthouse (1-4 points)
  • 2 lighthouses (5-8 points)
  • 3 lighthouses (9-12 points)
  • 4 lighthouses (13-16 points)
  • 5 lighthouses (17-20 points)

The respective number of lighthouses will then be displayed on the post.

I chose this scale to give you, as readers, the information you need to make the right choices in Maine. And the graphic looks pretty darn cool, too.