Here are some behind-the-scenes tips for dinners on how to get the most out of your restaurant experience. Listen up and eat well!
Ask for recommendations Chances are, your server gets discounted or complimentary meals at the place where they work, so they’ve probably tried almost everything there. If you are polite and courteous, they will give you a rundown of anything you are curious about and let them know about their favorite items on the menu.
Don’t make too many alterations Sure, there might be things on the menu that you just plain know you don’t like, or even that you are allergic to. But overall, menu items are meticulously compiled by the chef for the specific flavor pairings of each dish. So, while it’s fine to nix things you always exclude from your diet, you’ll get the most accurate impression of food at the place you are trying out if you stick with the menu.
Share with dining partners Go out to eat with people who have similar tastes in food as you, or people who always try something crazy at each new place they check out. Then share your plate with them; you’ll get to try two new things for the price of one, and have a more enjoyable dining experience.
Don’t just get water This may sound snooty, but it isn’t just because your waitress will appreciate you wracking up a bigger tab. Most restaurants have some awesome beers on tap or in bottles that will compliment their food, and your server can recommend you some awesome pairings. And if you don’t drink, bottomless sodas and coffee isn’t too bad of a deal either!
Read reviews Every restaurant works really hard to be on top of their game, but not every place is going to click with every person. If you read online reviews ahead of time, you can avoid the places that are known for being loud, or where all the food is spicy, if those things aren’t your style, instead of showing up and having a rotten time.
Be nice and tip well This should go without saying, but the better you treat your waitress the better your will be treated, and if you are a good tipper and a pleasant person, you can develop a great relationship with your favorite restaurant and be privy to all the best deals!
Don’t be afraid of good deals Just because it’s dollar taco or half-priced burger night, that doesn’t mean the stuff will be low quality or will consist of stuff they are trying to get rid of. These specials are meant as incentives to bring in customers weekly and to convince them to come back on full-price nights, so take advantage and support the restaurants you like while cashing in on great deals.
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