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9 Things You Should Never Order at a Restaurant

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A bowl of lobster bisque (Foodio/Dreamstime.com)

By    |   Thursday, 02 January 2020 01:46 PM

If you want to have a pleasant experience when you dine out, you may want to avoid ordering these nine things, as listed by 24/7 Wall St.

  1. Fish on a Sunday or Monday. Most restaurants do not receive fresh fish over the weekend, so chances are the fish you are ordering on a Sunday afternoon or Monday has been sitting around for a few days. This does not apply to sushi and raw fish, which is required to have been frozen before serving to ensure any parasites are killed.
  2. Lobster bisque in a place that doesn't serve lobster. An authentic lobster bisque is made with special ingredients, including lobster and lobster shells, so if you are ordering this dish from a restaurant that does not serve lobster you are probably not getting the real deal.
  3. Barbecue in a place without a smoker. Barbeque entails slowly smoking meat over smoke. The woodsmoke of a barbeque restaurant will be wafting into the air and tantalizing your taste buds. If you walk into a joint that does not have a proper smoker, that means you are not going to be served a proper barbeque.
  4. Well-done steak. Overcooking a steak compromises its flavor and also toughens the meat. Most chefs hate overcooking steak and some restaurants even use inferior cuts to serve to customers requesting that their meat be well done.
  5. A rare hamburger. For health reasons, you may want to avoid ordering a rare or medium-rare hamburger. Meat is often tainted with bacteria, which can get mixed up into the ground meat of a burger. High heat kills the bacteria, but only at high temperatures achieved when cooking a burger well done.
  6. Pizza in a restaurant without a pizza oven. The perfect pizza is prepared in an authentic pizza oven. There is nothing wrong with pizza made in a regular oven, but if that is the case you can save yourself the money and effort by staying in and making your own pizza.
  7. Sandwiches or salads with sprouts. Eating sprouts has become a massive trend, but despite the promised health benefits, these germinated seeds may actually contain harmful bacteria that thrive under the warm, humid conditions in which they are prepared.
  8. The house salad. Salad greens can easily be contaminated by bacteria, but if you are at home you can wash them thoroughly and ensure they are prepared correctly. You cannot be sure how the greens are handled at a restaurant, however.
  9. Ice cream. Unless it's made in-house, you are probably being overcharged for the ice cream served at restaurants. You could pay the same price at the store for the same scoop of ice cream. Try opting for another dessert.

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