Sample Comparison Paragraph

Topic sentence
The hamburgers served at Five Guys in Alexandria and the hamburgers served at the Louisiana College café in Pineville are very similar.

Criteria
1. ingredients
2. taste
3. the appearance

Concluding sentence
Five Guys and the Louisiana College café both have excellent hamburgers, and there is very little difference between them.

Remember — the goal of this paragraph is to

  • state what you are comparing (the topic sentence – should say what food, which locations, and that they are similar)
  • identify the criteria (the similarities)
  • describe the criteria clearly and explain how each food item fulfills its criterion

(topic sentence) The hamburgers served at Five Guys in Alexandria, Louisiana, and the hamburgers served at Louisiana College café in Pineville, Louisiana are very similar. (first criterion) The primary ingredients used in Five Guys’ hamburgers and the café’s hamburgers are a half pound of meat, American cheese, bacon, and sweet home-style buns. Customers can also personalize the ingredients on their orders, but the listed ingredients are the most basic and the most popular. (second criterion) The taste of both products is also very comparable, since both hamburger patties are seasoned well before they are cooked. The hamburgers are not overcooked, and both are very juicy. Both locations also cook the hamburger patties with the cheese on them so that the cheese melts nicely. The cold ingredients are added last, so they remain crisp and do not wilt. The hamburgers also have soft, uncooked buns. (third criterion) The way the hamburgers look is also similar because both hamburgers are stacked really high and look appetizing. They buns are not thin, like fast-food buns often are, and they are not smashed in an unappealing way. The hamburger patties are also visible, which means that the patties are as big as or bigger than the buns. People often judge food based on appearance, so the fact that both hamburgers look like they have good-quality meat and toppings makes them appealing. (concluding sentence) Five Guys and the Louisiana College café both have excellent hamburgers, and there is very little difference between them.