What do you order in a good restaurant ?

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RE: What do you order in a good restaurant ? 2007/08/23 10:29:37 (permalink)
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.
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RE: What do you order in a good restaurant ? 2007/08/23 12:41:02 (permalink)
When I eat out I generally go for the sandwich menu and my wife the salad menu. We skip the entrees if the restaurant is average with no creativity. Why? Rarely do I find service to justify the high cost of eating out. I think it is because almost all restaurants are casual affairs with people in shorts, Tevas and polo shirts now. The service is equivalent in most places. Maybe I was young and impressed 40 plus years ago. There were certainly fewer sit down restaurants then but it was a coat and ties and dress affair and the wait staff was professional with ceremonial manners and proper etiquette in bringing and presenting the food. That was part of the deal you were paying for. The experience. Now you can get an expensive meal and a waitron with spiked hair, nose rings, tattoos, dirty apron and gum chewing reaching over dropping plates on your table and delivering main courses almost before you begin eating your salad. So when I get great service I am generally more impressed than the food.
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RE: What do you order in a good restaurant ? 2007/08/27 13:22:31 (permalink)
If I am inanethnic restaurant, I pretty much do what GB944 does. I ask the waitperson to ask the chef what the chef would fix for his favorite grandparent that was coming to visit from their country of origin.

Most times I get something that is not on the menu, and a visit from the chef, inquring as to how I liked what was presented. Haven't had a bad meal yet, have had some strange things. Howver, once I got a cheeseburger and fries at a Korean place we have frequented. The chef came out and said that is what his 85 yr.old Korean grandmother ate for almost every meal when she came to visit. We had a good laugh about that, as I got exactly what I asked for.When I went to pay the bill, I was presented with a huge container of Korean ribs, and kimchee - no charge.
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RE: What do you order in a good restaurant ? 2007/09/05 10:36:41 (permalink)
For starters, we rarely have cocktails at a resturant, preferring to have them at home, or when traveling, in our hotel room- both because of the excessive price in most places and the poor quality of the vermouth and gin available in most places.

After that, we'll order the house specialty or I'll order something relatively unusual off the menu that I know I'll never get at home,and probably wont ever again find in another restaurant.

We usually share a desert with coffee,and rarely order after dinner drinks.

Cheers, John
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RE: What do you order in a good restaurant ? 2007/09/06 23:55:55 (permalink)
Steak tartare is the dish that I would not dare make at home...just am wary about the meat that I could buy. I trust the higher end places to have good meat suppliers.
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RE: What do you order in a good restaurant ? 2007/09/07 13:57:06 (permalink)
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Originally posted by tacchino

Steak tartare is the dish that I would not dare make at home...just am wary about the meat that I could buy. I trust the higher end places to have good meat suppliers.




You can choose absolutely the best to have ground up, but, what was ground in the grinder before?
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RE: What do you order in a good restaurant ? 2007/09/08 02:10:50 (permalink)
The biggest steak they offer. I can't stand small expensive portions. I went out because I wanted to eat, not be impressed by the way it looks but by the way it could fill me.

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