RE: What do you order in a good restaurant ?
Generally when I go out to eat, I will order some type of seafood, often non-farm raised salmon. This is because I rarely eat beef, and I get a lot of pork chops and chicken at home, so I tend to stay away from these items when I eat out. There are, however, a couple of exceptions to this general practice. First, as mentioned by other posters, if a place has a signature dish I will often order that. If I go to Stroud's in Kansas City, for example, I'm going to order fried chicken, even though I try mostly to avoid fried foods and even though I eat a lot of chicken at home. Second, if I'm trying a place because of a recommendation from a friend or a good newspaper review, I will often try a dish that is recommended by the friend or by the review.