So you're seated at the restaurant of your choosing when the waiter approaches and asks if you'd like to hear the daily specials. Here's what you should know before plunking down for that filet mignon or other chef's special.
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Smart Money offers some cautionary advice for those prone to ordering items off the daily specials menu. Specifically, some restaurants reconfigure the day's surplus food into the next day's specials, so knowing how to distinguish a good special from a bad one can make the difference between an appetising meal and one less worthy of its "special" title.
According to Stephen Zagor, founder of consulting firm Hospitality & Culinary Resources, customers need to watch out for "an expensive item used in a way that's minimizing its flavor". Examples include lamb chops that have been cut, braised and put into dishes as "supporting players". Additionally, "pastas, stews, and soups containing expensive meats are also suspect".
As an additional clue, remember that sauces and gravy are often used as cover-ups, so think twice about meals that are heavily saturated with either.
Check out the full post for other restaurant don'ts, then chime in with any worthwhile food lessons you've learned from dining out in the comments.
10 Things Restaurants Won't Tell You [Smart Money]