Washington, August 9 : This piece is for all those of you who love dining out - have you ever wondered what really happens behind the kitchen''s swinging doors and what menu item you shouldn’t order.
It was revealed that in most after 8 p. m. or so, all the coffee is decaf because no one wants to clean two different coffeepots. The waiter brings out a tray with 12 coffees on it and gives some to the customers who ordered regular, others to the ones who ordered decaf. But they''re all decaf, ABC News reported.
They also revealed that they put sugar in the children’s meals so that they will like them more. They even put extra sugar in the dough for the kids'' pizzas.
The most common lie when the customer is a vegetarian is when they ask the waiter if vegetable stock was used for their preparation. The servers will inevitably say yes, even if they don’t, as the person can never know the difference.
At a lot of restaurants, the special is whatever they need to sell before it turns bad. Especially watch out for the soup of the day. If it contains fish or if it''s some kind of ''gumbo,'' it''s probably the stuff they''re trying to get rid of as soon as possible.
Though nobody does mess with a customer’s food, but servers do mess with your credit card. If a server doesn''t like you, he might try to embarrass you in front of your business associate or date by bringing your credit card back and saying, ''Do you have another card? This one didn''t go through.''
Another hard to believe fact is that the so-called skim milk is almost never skim milk. Very few restaurants outside Starbucks carry whole milk, 2 percent milk, skim milk, and half-and-half; it''s just not practical.
Some eateries buy salad dressings in one-gallon jars, then add a few ingredients, like a blue cheese crumble or fresh herbs, and call it homemade on the menu.
The insiders revealed that even at the best breakfast buffet in the world, 99 times out of 100, the big pan of scrambled eggs is made from a powder.
The single easiest way to get your waiter to hate you is to ask for hot tea. For some reason, an industry that''s managed to streamline everything else hasn''t been able to streamline that. You''ve got to get a pot, boil the water, get the lemons, get the honey, bring a cup and spoon. It''s a lot of work for little reward.
The programme also advises against ordering fish on Sunday or Monday. The fish deliveries are usually twice a week, so Tuesday through Friday are great days. Or ask the restaurant when they get theirs. (ANI)