More to Chew On: Restaurant Secrets

By The Chew Crew Mar 19, 2013

Americans love to eat out.  In fact the average American spends $2,505 on food that is made at a restaurant according to the United States Department of Labor.  Additionally, 47% of Americans say they’ve eaten in a restaurant in the past week.
There are a couple simple ways to pick out a good restaurant from a subpar one as soon as you step in the door.  Michael suggests taking a whiff once you enter the restaurant – if the place smells like soap than leave. 

Carla, on the other hand, always looks for a good breadbasket.  If the restaurant serves a good breadbasket, than there is usually good food to follow.

Once you’ve decided to stay at the restaurant there are few things that Michael suggests you keep in mind while dining.

The Special Ain’t That Special

Chefs generally do put legitimate items on the specials menu, such as new dishes they want to test or highly seasonal ingredients. Other times, a restaurant orders too much product, so it becomes a “special.” This special can be a quick way to get rid of old, spoiling foods.
Substitute Sparingly
Don’t order a bacon cheeseburger without bacon. Unless you have an allergy, try not to get too crazy with substitutions. Chefs know what they’re doing.
Speak Up

If something isn’t cooked to your liking, speak up! Don’t just sulk about your overcooked steak. Tell a manager and make sure you get the meal you want.
Respect Your Server

Restaurant servers are some of the hardest working people around. Take care of them and they will take care of you.