Going out to dinner at a nice restaurant is a special occasion and should be treated as such. Restaurant and dining etiquette aside, what, when, and how you order the dish of your choosing can set the tone for your overall dining experience. Unsurprisingly, chefs, nutritionists, and food safety experts have strong opinions on the restaurant dishes you shouldn't order—many of which are quite surprising. Delish recently gathered some interesting responses, causing us to rethink our restaurant order in the process.
Never order fish on a Monday.
Per his debut book Kitchen Confidential, the late chef and best-selling author Anthony Bourdain warns against ordering the fish on Mondays. Since seafood orders typically come in on Thursdays or Fridays, your fish may be on the verge of spoiling come Monday evening. He suggests asking your server where the seafood came from and when it was caught and delivered.
Skip the Kobe beef burger.
Kobe beef is an extremely rare and expensive cut of meat; it's basically chef sacrilege to grind it up and serve it between two buns. So most chefs don't—The Daily Meal even goes as far as suggesting that restaurants offering Kobe beef burgers are "flat-out lying to you. Don't order it, based on principle."
Forget about the chicken dish.
Not only do chefs criticize chicken dishes as being overpriced and bland, they're an unpopular choice among nutritionists as well. "People think chicken is a free food, but some sizes of the breasts are huge. They can be 9 ounces!" says dietitian and food safety expert Joan Salge Blake in an interview with Health. For reference, a serving size of chicken is just 3 ounces. "The key, no matter what you're ordering, is not over-consuming portions."
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