food

Things restaurants don’t want you to know

food, things restaurants don’t want you to know

While you’re sitting down at a table and enjoying your meal at a restaurant, there are so many other things happening behind the scenes that are only known by people who’ve worked in the food industry. From fast-food chains to fine dining restaurants, there are secrets that these establishments don’t want you to know, and you’d be pretty surprised to find out why.

So, do you dare to discover what they are? Check out this gallery.

You may also like: Controversial claims that celebrities have dodged

food, things restaurants don’t want you to know

There’s more to a menu than the design and layout. Restaurants usually list their most expensive dishes on the right side of the menu, because that’s where our eyes naturally look. Some places will put their most expensive items at the top of the menu so that other items will look more reasonably priced.

food, things restaurants don’t want you to know

The waiter is a salesperson

Waiters are trained to make suggestions that increase the bill. That’s why they’ll recommend that you add a cocktail, fries, or any other side dish.

You may also like: The worst celebrity apologies of all time

food, things restaurants don’t want you to know

The staff can hear you

While the restaurant may be loud, you’d be surprised at how much the servers can actually hear from your private conversations.

food, things restaurants don’t want you to know

The lemonade may not really be homemade

In smaller places, you’ll probably see lemons and oranges being juiced. But at bigger chains, you’re most likely drinking a concentrated juice mix.

You may also like: Coldest places in America

food, things restaurants don’t want you to know

The specials might not be the freshest

In order to prevent food waste, most specials are made of ingredients that are days old and need to be used up. However, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t order the specials, as restaurants aren’t allowed to serve you food that has gone bad.

food, things restaurants don’t want you to know

Restaurants often mark up the second-least-expensive wine bottle

Wine sales are a significant part of restaurants’ income, so pricing wine bottles is pure strategy. Many customers won’t feel comfortable ordering the least expensive bottle, so the second-least-expensive is usually the go-to. That’s why that specific bottle will be marked up.

You may also like: The best aerial photos of the year

food, things restaurants don’t want you to know

Packing your leftovers can be a hassle for servers

Because restaurant staff are busy and waiting on other tables, they throw the food in a box without much thought. It’s better if you pack it yourself, whether you ask for a food container or bring your own from home.

food, things restaurants don’t want you to know

Salads can be some of the least healthy menu items

You might think ordering a salad is the healthiest and “lightest” option on the menu, but that’s not always the case. Some restaurants will add plenty of fattening ingredients to their salads, such as high-calorie dressings.

You may also like: Scary abandoned amusement parks

food, things restaurants don’t want you to know

Restaurants might not have your preferred milk alternative

With so many different kinds of milk alternative these days, it’s hard for restaurants to keep up. Don’t expect them to have things like cashew or even skim milk.

food, things restaurants don’t want you to know

The food isn’t usually made from scratch

While many restaurants make food from scratch, chain restaurants don’t have as many freshly made meals. For example, sauces or stews are often frozen, vacuum-sealed, and heated up before being served.

You may also like: Can these be the lost books of the Bible?

food, things restaurants don’t want you to know

The ice is usually dirty

At most restaurants, ice machines are rarely cleaned. And when it does get cleaned, there could be mold coming out of the filter and the ice-holding bin.

food, things restaurants don’t want you to know

Kids’ meals can be loaded with sugar

Unfortunately, restaurant chains will often put sugar in kids’ meals so they’ll like them more. Make sure you get informed about the nutrition before you order your kids’ dinner.

You may also like: Traditional Christmas dishes from around the world

food, things restaurants don’t want you to know

Loud music is there for a reason

Some restaurants play loud music to make you order more food, eat faster, and leave sooner. If you manage to tune out the music and concentrate, you’ll only order what you want.

food, things restaurants don’t want you to know

Waiters can tell when you’re lying

For the most part, waiters know when you’re lying. So if you don’t like an item in a dish you’re about to order, don’t lie and say you’re allergic. They’d rather you just say you don’t like the ingredient and want it to be left out.

You may also like: Kim Kardashian’s best looks ever

food, things restaurants don’t want you to know

You might not want to eat out on holidays

Most places raise the prices on the menu on big holidays like Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day. It’s a busy day for the restaurant, so don’t expect the food quality to be any better either.

food, things restaurants don’t want you to know

The food contains a ton of butter and salt

If you’ve ever tried to recreate a restaurant dish at home, it might have been challenging to get the same richness and flavor. This is because restaurants often use a ton of butter and salt, which is pretty unhealthy when consumed regularly.

You may also like: The terror that was the Gulag

food, things restaurants don’t want you to know

Your waiter might not like being asked for their opinion

Because they haven’t tried every single thing and everyone has different tastes, don’t put the pressure on them to recommend you their favorite thing on the menu. Instead, ask them what are the most popular items, and order based on the customer consensus.

food, things restaurants don’t want you to know

Buffets aren’t always the safest

On top of their questionable cooking conditions, buffets are also handled and hovered over by many people. So think twice before eating at an all-you-can-eat buffet.

You may also like: The leading causes of death around the world

food, things restaurants don’t want you to know

Condiment bottles could have germs

The condiment bottles on the restaurant tables might have never been washed, which means they’ll have plenty of germs. You might want to give that ketchup a second thought.

food, things restaurants don’t want you to know

The plastic trays are dirtier than you think

You might want to avoid using those plastic trays found at most restaurant chains. They’re often filled with bacteria, so it might be a better idea to use the table and some napkins instead.

You may also like: America’s Most Wanted: infamous serial killers

food, things restaurants don’t want you to know

The kitchen is chaotic

While most dining areas are organized and even sophisticated, the kitchen is actually chaotic. Don’t be surprised if there’s stress, yelling, and rushing behind those swinging doors.

food, things restaurants don’t want you to know

Tips are often communal

Many restaurants have communal tip, so if you give one waiter a bad tip, it could affect the rest of the staff. Keep that in mind the next time you’re out eating.

You may also like: Career lows: the worst films these actors ever made

food, things restaurants don’t want you to know

Wait times might be made up

Usually wait times are just guesses based on average customer dining time and the restaurant environment. In the end, it will typically be shorter than the amount of time they give you.

food, things restaurants don’t want you to know

If you don’t like something, you can send it back

Restaurants do get annoyed when you leave half of the dish. If you don’t like it at first bite, send it back right away. You can then order something new without any issue.

You may also like: The mysteries surrounding the Bermuda Triangle

food, things restaurants don’t want you to know

You should always double-check the bill

Errors can happen, which means you might be charged for items you didn’t order. Do yourself a favor and double-check the bill before paying.

food, things restaurants don’t want you to know

Problems with your order aren’t always the waiter’s fault

If the food order comes out wrong or takes too long, it may actually be the kitchen’s fault. Of course, the waiter won’t place blame.

You may also like: The best instrumentals ever recorded

food, things restaurants don’t want you to know

Regulars might get special treatment

Regular customers will get special treatment from the staff, so don’t be surprised if you see another table get a round of free drinks or faster attention. It’s always a good idea to get friendly with the staff if you plan to visit the restaurant again.

food, things restaurants don’t want you to know

The soups might not be made in-house

In chain restaurants, soups aren’t made from scratch. They’re actually frozen in plastic bags and then reheated in a hot water bath before serving.

You may also like: 30 moments of pure bad luck!

food, things restaurants don’t want you to know

You can judge a restaurant’s cleanliness by the state of the bathroom

The bathroom of any restaurant is a good judge of what the kitchen looks like. If it’s in a questionable state, then you should probably leave.

Sources: (Eat This, Not That!) (Mashed)

See also: Surprising food facts you had no idea about

Breaking thailand news, thai news, thailand news Verified News Story Network