What to order

I was sitting here this morning listening to Regis and Kelly and Regis was telling everyone he went to a new restaurant the night before and he didn’t know anything about it. It was a fairly new restaurant and he didn’t know if they specialized in anything or if any one thing they served was better than anything else and he wanted to ask his server for help but he’d heard you weren’t supposed to do that. That the servers would suggest you order one of the most expensive things on the menu or they might lead you to what “they” like best or what they have a “surplus” of and might want to get rid of.

Kelly had stated that she’ll narrow it down to two things and then ask them and she ordered like that.

Am I that much under a rock that I’ve never done that? I’ve often asked if something was “garlicky” or “spicy” or how it was cooked but I’ve never once asked someone else to order for me. I’ve also often asked if they have a house salad or if the soup de jour was good but normally if you go to a place where they’re famous for ribs, prime rib or seafood, aren’t you normally either going there for that? Unless you’re a tourist or something. New to the area but normally the places I frequent, I know what they have that’s really good or a lot of times I’ll ask about the special they have for that day. Normally when you go out to eat they give you the specials of the day when you order your drink when they first seat you.

Have you ever asked your server what was the best thing in the restaurant and went ahead and ordered that? What were the circumstances? I can say that I’ve never done that.

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6 Responses to What to order

  1. Sue says:

    I’ve never said what’s the best and then take it. I’ve asked opinions about dishes that sounded good and then ordered, but I’ve never had the server pick for me. I’m not all that adventurous though!

  2. Jenny says:

    I guess I don’t think about it. Whatever looks good, I order it!

  3. SKL says:

    I haven’t, but I’ve been with people who have. Usually if we’re traveling for business, the guys want to go to a well-reputed local restaurant and then they’ll sometimes ask what’s really good there. (Of course they would charge it all to the client.)

    I never got into that scene, though I had to tag along often. I am not a big fan of meat, especially steak, nor most kinds of seafood, nor burgers, and I don’t drink wine when I’m out, so I am really a stick in the mud! If I was on a job where we were eating out night after night, I’d often cop out and go eat a cereal bar and apple in my room.

  4. Phyllis says:

    No, I’ve never asked a server to help me pick. I have on occasion asked if a dish was spicy, because I have a problem with spicy food. Generally I’ll order something I’m pretty sure is fool proof, like certain sandwiches I know I’ll like. I’m not really an adventurous eater, and I’m picky.

  5. Nikki says:

    I never have. I’m pretty adventurous when it comes to food, I like to try new things. But, I go by what sounds good. Everyone has different taste, and the server could be completely different that mine.

    We went out to our favorite Mexican place here in town with some friends awhile back. They go there on a regular basis. So much so, that there is a burrito named after her. lol It’s good too! Her husband is so indecisive about everything, and it doesn’t stop at ordering food. He couldn’t make up his mind so he told the server, “Surprise me, with something spicy!”…and he did, and loved it. I couldn’t never do that.

  6. Laura says:

    Usually, if I’m going somewhere new, I’ll find the website and check out the menu first. That way, I know going in what I’m going to order, and then I can ask for details – is it spicy, etc.

    Only once or twice have I asked for a recommendation, and I’ve never said, “ok, just bring me whatever.” HAH!! With my luck, I’d end up with pork something. And I don’t do pork.

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