The two meals you should always avoid at restaurants

If ever you find yourself in a situation where you just don't know what to choose off the menu make sure you avoid either of these two options at all cost.

Restaurant hygiene
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Restaurant hygiene

Planning on taking someone out on a date sometime in the near future? Or perhaps you've been wanting to try out that restaurant that caught your eye the other day. Well, if there's anything that we've learned throughout the years thanks to Gordon Ramsay's highly entertaining cooking showsand restaurant competitions, it's to avoid a few dishes that tend to leave the guests wanting more.

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What exactly should you stray away from?

The first tip we can give you is to avoid ordering the daily special. The reason for this is that, often, when restaurants propose a specific meal of the day, they are trying to get rid of ingredients that are on the verge of expiring.

So instead of throwing away food that isn't technically expired, they'll make sure their wait staff pushes this option onto clients as much as possible to profit for as long as they can while the ingredients are still edible.

The second thing you must absolutely cross off any menu are accompanying salads because these tend to be prepared on surfaces that are less than sanitary.

On top of this, the produce they use for salads are ingredients that have been prepared ahead of time, sometimes even weeks, that are stored in refrigerators. This is explains the staleness of your lettuce.

Instead, order this off the menu

A safer bet when trying out a restaurant for the first time is to order the house's specialty. If it's a specialty then its probably because the chef has mastered the recipe and has gotten positive feedback from clients. So if you're visiting an Italian restaurant that is known for their pizza dough, stick to that and chances are you won't be disappointed.

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